CJS Weekly - Information
For all things countryside, conservation and wildlife related.
A weekly newsletter containing details of the latest events across
the sector, vacancies, voluntary opportunities and training placements
plus once a month a calendar of short professional courses and
events. CJS Weekly is the longest running and most widely known of our
publications. This is the original CJS, established in July 1994 as
a specialist newsletter for countryside ranger. In the following
years both the range of advertised employment opportunities and scope
of the newsletter increased markedly. The countryside sector is broad
and CJS tries to cover all areas for both news and jobs. You’ll find
ecology and biodiversity, arboriculture, rights of way, wildlife and
environmental education as well as the countryside ranger aspects you’d
Each edition includes a round up of the industry news and important
announcements. With big stories as well as the initial announcement
CJS pulls together a range of responses from the main affected and
interested organisations and a selection from some of the smaller,
perhaps less well known, lower profile groups. We include details of
recently published scientific papers plus government publications and
consultations. Digital copies include clickable links to read articles
in more depth and to download accompanying documentation.
In addition to the news CJS Weekly carries feature stories and in
depth articles written specifically for CJS Readers, some for special
occasions like the Forestry Commission's 100th anniversary in 2019,
newly published information e.g. a report on the latest research into
young people's experience of environmental volunteering, organisation and project profiles, an occasional opinion piece such as a discussion about why it's so difficult to get a start in the countryside sector, others are from
our Featured Charity highlighting their work or new or small
organisations introducing themselves. Occasionally a piece that's been
written by CJS staff for the blog will be included, e.g. for Assistance
Dogs Week we collated information on how sites can help people with
CJS Weekly averages 50 new paid UK vacancies each week many of which
are not advertised anywhere else. Posts advertised are based across the
country, we also publish details of a few overseas posts sent direct
from the employer. Other than countryside ranger posts in 2021 the
majority of vacancies advertised in CJS were in arboriculture, policy and advice, ecology
and biodiversity and project work across a wide variety of subjects. Horticulture is a more recent
inclusion and now accounts for 2% vacancies advertised in 2021. Paid traineeships and intern roles are also increasing in
number (6% of total in 2021) and these provide an excellent foothold at
the start of your career. Other sectors covered include rights of way,
community projects, visitor management, wildlife work and animal care,
outdoor activity instructor type roles and working with volunteers and
trainees. Digital copies include links to the full advert for any
vacancy posted on our online pages and all adverts have clickable
hyperlinks direct to web and email addresses.
Breakdown of last month's job numbers here.
Read more on the types of jobs advertised.
Volunteers provide vital support to many charities and projects,
volunteering is a good way to gain valuable experience as well as
‘putting something back’. CJS includes the same details for voluntary
posts as for paid positions and across the same range both
geographically and types of role.
Gaining specialist skills and keeping your certification up to date
is an important aspect of most careers and the countryside sector is no
different. CJS has an extensive directory of short courses, usually
running at around 900 to 1,000 at any one time. Although these are all
available online once a month a selection are included in CJS Weekly.
For example the third edition in January will have the full calendar of
professional courses and events occurring in March. Each weekly edition
has information on any courses listed after the calendar was printed
and also details of the latest additions to all sections of the online
directory including providers and longer courses.
Delivered direct to inbox every Friday afternoon / early evening or you can sign in to our online service and download at your
CJS Weekly is available as an instant download priced at £2.50 per edition includes instant access to all the back issues still online
To purchase this week's edition click here.
To receive a regular copy we ask you to subscribe to the service. You will receive a regular email from us, usually Friday afternoon with the link to the latest edition. Your subscription also includes access to all the copies still online, several months worth of back issues although usually only the last few weeks contain vacancies that are still available.
Individual subscriptions: 50p per week
Group readership* subscriptions: £1 per week.
Minimum subscription term is five weeks.
* five or more readers per week
Request a sample copy to be sent by email
However, if you discover the publication is not what you were looking
for or you find your perfect job in the middle of a subscription we
will happily refund your remaining subscription.
This is our CJS promise: Your satisfaction or a refund - no quibble.
Still not convinced?
Autumn 2021 Subscriber Satisfaction Survey.
89% of readers were very highly or highly satisfied with CJS.
88% of readers were very highly or highly satisfied with the jobs content of CJS Weekly.
82% of readers thought CJS was very good or good value for money.
99% of readers already have or would recommend CJS to a friend or colleague.
Our readers say:
- An excellent publication to find jobs, training and volunteer
opportunities and VERY important for keeping up to date if out of work!
- My career would be completely different without CJS - Thank you!!
- Very useful to all our staff, thanks for a consistent and reliable service.
- Thank you for providing this service - helpful, good value summary of current vacancies without trawling websites!
- Used by everyone I know in the industry.
Countryside Jobs Service aggregates an impressive range of information
on jobs, training opportunities and news relating to countryside
management and conservation. With flexible and convenient options for
delivery, the CJS is a very valuable addition to our Careers and
- Essential to helping you understand the wealth of opportunities and training out there in the sector - an invaluable resource.
- The most useful source of up to date vacancies in, and news about the countryside sector.
- CJS is the best thing since organic GM-free, Soil Association approved wholegrained sliced bread!
Typical advertisers include: Government Agencies such as Forestry Commission, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage,
Park Authorities, also many City and County Councils. Charities
including, TCV, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Game and Wildlife
Conservation, The National Trust, RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts. We also
carry many adverts for private, profit making companies such as
ecological consultancies and land owners e.g. Anglia Water and United
Also see our Testimonials page
Download this information (and more) as a PDF
Browse through the sectors covered
Information on types of jobs
Range and numbers of jobs advertised
Numbers of adverts by regional breakdown
Numbers and types of contracts advertised
General helpful hints for job seekers