CJS Online: Countryside

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Countryside vacancies: Ranger posts, including those in greenspace and urban parks and estate workers. You'll also find vacancies for countryside officers, rural policy makers.


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Operations Manager - Wild in the City

Logo: Wild in the City

Can you help us achieve sustainable growth to support us in building a community of black nature lovers and training people of colour as leaders in nature? We are looking for a gifted Operations Manager who will be responsible for the day to day management of Wild in the City. You will help create a strong infrastructure to support our programmes working to open up the countryside and nature based activity to more diverse participation.

Experienced Arborist/ Commercial Landscaper - Nimrod Environmental Ltd

Logo: Nimrod Environmental

Competitive rates of pay depending on experience.

Core hours 08:00 – 17:00.

Trading for 13 years, Nimrod Environmental is a CHAS Approved and Gold Level Construction Line member operating mainly in Yorkshire but extending Nationwide.

Nimrod specialises in Japanese Knotweed Eradication, tree surgery, commercial landscaping and site clearance works for a wide range of prestigious clients.

We are looking to employ an experienced climbing arborist who can work well with others as part of a friendly and professional team. Daily roles will vary but will include tasks such as tree surgery, commercial maintenance, commercial landscaping and invasive weed management.

Nature Based Solutions Policy Advisor - Scottish Wildlife Trust

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£28,560 per annum

Full-time - 35 hours per week

Fixed term for 3.5 years

We are currently looking for an experienced and strategic Policy Advisor to help support the Trusts work to ensure that nature-based solutions (NBS) are delivered to the scale needed to address the biodiversity and climate emergencies in Scotland. This includes representing the Trust at external events and furthering NBSto climate change alongside decarbonisation in the policy agenda over the next 3.5 years, including before and after COP26.

Forest Creation Manager - National Forest Company

Logo: National Forest Company

Nr Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire

Salary range of £35,540 - £40,411 per annum

As the Forest Creation Manager, you will undertake a role with a broad remit to both deliver on forest creation targets, that are in line with our vision and government plans, and to take responsibility for the woodland and habitat management that is so important to enable the environment we’ve created to thrive.

Estate Development Manager - National Forest Company

Logo: National Forest Company

Salary range of £35,540 - £40,411 per annum

Nr Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire

We’re now looking for an Estate Development Manager to support the effective management of our 350 hectare estate and ensure it is suitable for future use. As the Estate Development Manager, you will play a vital role in the future of the National Forest as we are aiming to double the 350 hectares of land we currently own over the next five years. Specifically, you will lead the establishment, management and future development of our estate.

Research & Evidence Manager - National Forest Company

Logo: National Forest Company

Nr Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire

Salary range of £35,540 - £40,411 per annum

We’re now looking for a Research & Evidence Manager to join us and take the lead on key aspects of our environmental, economic and societal impact and work. As the Research & Evidence Manager, you will be tasked with leading the development, management and maintenance of our environmental, economic and societal evidence.

Forestry Manager and Assistant Forest Manager - Scottish Woodlands Ltd

Senior Project Officer - The Conservation Volunteers

Logo: The Conservation Volunteers

Based in Kingston Upon Hull - Humber Region.

35 hours per week

Salary: 19,500 - £21,500 depending on experience per annum

The Hull branch has been running environmental projects in the Humber area since 2004.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, adaptable and committed person to join our team for this important post. This key post holder will manage a number of projects but primarily the well-established Midweek Volunteer Group. This volunteer group delivers a varied programme of practical environmental projects in urban and rural locations around the Humber and East Yorkshire area every week throughout the year.

Cairngorms Peatland Action Project Officer - Cairngorms National Park Authority

Logo: Cairngorms National Park Authority

Salary: £31,438 - £37,844 (Band D) plus excellent benefits.

Contract: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Location: Grantown on Spey

We have an exciting opportunity for a Cairngorms Peatland Action Project Officer to join the Peatland Action team and the wider Land Management group. The successful applicant will work with colleagues, contractors and land managers across the National Park to identify projects which improve the peatland resource, lock up carbon and improve associated habitats (blanket bog). Engaging with land managers to seek their involvement in the programme and ensuring that practical solutions are costed and specified on a site by site basis, using specialist contractors where required. Applications for funding for practical works will be made to the CNPA Peatland Grant Scheme. Where funding applications are successful, contracts for implementation of capital works will be drawn up and managed.

Marine Policy Officer - Scottish Wildlife Trust

Logo: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Edinburgh (due to coronavirus-related restrictions, home working will be required until office can be re-opened)

£24,000 pro rata per annum

Full-time position

Fixed term for 2 years

A key component of the Trust’s work towards achieving a healthy and productive marine environment has been its Living Seas project, which focuses on marine planning, policy, and community engagement at both national and local levels. The Trust is keen to increase its capacity to engage with Scotland’s marine environment, and is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and driven Marine Policy Officer to join it’s Living Seas team. The role will focus predominantly on developing and advocating the Trust’s position on marine nature-based solutions and the role they can play in tackling climate change, reversing biodiversity loss, and supporting Scotland’s green recovery.

Skills for Bees: Cymru Project Officer - Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Salary £21,000 (pro rata) per annum

This is a 0.8 FTE part-time, fixed term 3-year position, home-based in South Wales with occasional travel throughout the UK.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is looking for a part-time (0.8 FTE) Skills for Bees Project Officer to lead on delivery of the Skills for Bees: Cymru project. Your primary role will be to recruit and work with volunteers to increase bumblebee surveying in south Wales, with a particular emphasis on training and mentoring volunteers for the BeeWalk scheme.

Estate Worker - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: Forsinard Flows Reserve

Salary: £17,004 to £17,605 per annum

Hours: Full time

Contract: Fixed Term, 5 years

We are looking for an enthusiastic and practical person with land management skills to join our reserve team at Forsinard Flows. This is an exciting new role that will help us to deliver our annual habitat and estate management on this iconic RSPB reserve.

Countryside/Chainsaw Operative - ES Mitigation & Management Limited

Logo: ES Mitigation & Management Limited

ES Mitigation & Management, an ecological contractor and part of the ESL Group based in Broadway WR12, are looking for operatives to join our busy, friendly team working on sites throughout the UK. Work will involve both small and large scale vegetation clearance projects (trees and hedge felling), installing all types of ecological fencing, creating and managing a variety of green spaces, and wildlife mitigation services.

Naturally Native Project Officer (x3) - Durham Wildlife Trust

Logo: The Wildlife Trusts

Salary: Up to £25,000 per annum

Durham WT: Full Time

Northumberland WT: Part Time (0.8FTE)

Tees Valley WT: Part Time (0.8FTE)

Fixed term contract: 3 years

The Wildlife Trusts in the North East (Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley) have brought together a wide range of organisations to restore water vole populations across the North East of England. The Naturally Native project will tackle the 2 major causes of water vole decline, predation by American mink, an introduced non-native species, and habitat fragmentation. Naturally Native will provide a model for reversing the harm done to our ecosystems by non-native species and will restore our natural heritage for future generations.

Assistant Countryside Ranger - South Somerset District Council

Logo: South Somerset District Council

Salary: Grade 4 £23,080 per annum

Hours: 37 per week, some evening & weekend work may be required. Fixed term to 31st March 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Countryside Ranger at Ham Hill to join us. Apply now and become a valued member of the Countryside team, helping South Somerset to be a place where businesses flourish, communities are safe, vibrant and healthy and residents enjoy good housing and cultural, leisure and sporting activities.

Assistant Countryside Ranger (Engagement) - South Somerset District Council

Logo: South Somerset District Council

Salary: Grade 4 £23,080 per annum

Hours: 37 per week, some evening & weekend work may be required. Fixed term to 31st March 2021

Take the next step in your career We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Countryside Ranger (Engagement) at Ham Hill to join us. Apply now and become a valued member of the Countryside team, helping South Somerset to be a place where businesses flourish, communities are safe, vibrant and healthy and residents enjoy good housing and cultural, leisure and sporting activities.

Head of Recreation and Ranger Services - North York Moors National Park Authority

Logo: North York Moors NPA

Helmsley, York

£37,890 - £40,876 per annum

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK and help to shape our work making this National Park a great place for the public to enjoy. We need a high-quality person to lead our Ranger and Apprentice Services and be part of a wider team of around 110 staff and 600 volunteers who are delivering a great service in a wonderful environment. You will be playing the leading role to ensure our work on recreation and access continues to be strong, creative and dynamic, providing excellent opportunities for the public to enjoy our fantastic National Park.

Housekeeper / Estate Maintenance Couple Required - Ardverikie Estate

Logo: Ardverikie Estate

Accommodation in the form of a two bedroomed private flat within the main house is provided.

A prominent Highland estate in Inverness‐shire is now recruiting for a couple to fulfil the roles of Part Time Housekeeper and Estate Maintenance Worker.

The Housekeeper will be responsible for the cleaning and care of the main house on the estate, which is occupied by members of the family but also hosts occasional events such as weddings and house tours. The Maintenance Worker will carry out a wide range of duties associated with a diverse highland estate.

Project Development Officer - Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Logo: Cornwall AONB

Salary Range: £29,395 to £36,921

This is a rare opportunity. As Project Development Officer for the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) you will be responsible for securing significant external funding from a wide variety of sources, with a proven track record for developing and delivering successful projects to a high standard, with the ability to form and maintain sound local and national partnership working. With a professional, skilled background your experience in project, resource and budget management will provide strong leadership of current projects.

Director of Income Generation, Marketing and Communications - Kent Wildlife Trust

Logo: Kent Wildlife Trust

Salary Range: Up to £55,000

Location: Kent

We are looking for someone to join us as Director of Income Generation, Marketing and Communications, who has the dynamism and ambition to accelerate our efforts in realising our vision of a Wilder Kent, where nature is restored to abundance for at least 30% of the county over the next 25 years. You will bring leadership and innovation to our income generating activities positioning us to maximise our conservation impact, engage people in support of our Conservation delivery and to become a self-sustaining and resilient operation.

Visitor Assistant - Nene Park Trust

Logo: Nene Park Trust

Salary: £4.55 - £8.72 per hour, dependent upon age & experience

Hours: Zero Hour

Contract: Fixed Term 12 months

Location: Peterborough

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Nene Park Trust for the recruitment of a number of seasonal Visitor Assistants to support the continued improvements in customer service within a high quality 1,725 acre country park in Peterborough. This important role, part of the wider Trust’s Operations Team, will support the delivery of a high-quality service from the Visitor Centre and Gift Shop in Ferry Meadows Country Park, incorporating information, retail and visitor assistance, and acting as a point of contact between the Trust and members of the public seeking information about the Park, its activities and events.

Lecturer - Wildlife and Conservation Management - SRUC

Logo: SRUC

Part-Time, Fixed Term

Barony Campus

£31,115 - £38,310 per annum, pro rata

SRUC is a widely respected further and higher education institute dedicated to producing specialist research, delivering high quality education and providing comprehensive consultancy services in the rural sector within the UK and beyond. An organisation unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe; we aim to lead the way in innovation and sustainable development in the agriculture and rural sectors at local, national and international levels. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Wildlife & Conservation Management team at SRUC’s Barony Campus.

Countryside Ranger/ Project Officer - Denbighshire County Council

Natural Prospects Traineeships - Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

Logo: Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

Birmingham and the Black Country

£9,000 bursary + £1,000 training budget and £250 PPE budget

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Do you love wildlife and working outdoors? Are you practical and want to learn new skills? Thinking about a career in wildlife conservation? The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are providing six vacancies in a series of one-year practical conservation training placements to highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in wildlife and conservation.

Ranger - Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust

Logo: Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust

Full time, fixed term 3 Years, £26,000 per annum

Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust is committed to instigating and delivering social, economic, and environmental regeneration projects and local services. We are looking for an enthusiastic Ranger who will oversee the maintenance and management of the Plock; the infrastructure projects works; the work of our keen conservation volunteers; the Community Shed project as well as help to deliver activities and work to raise awareness of the Plock

Team Member - Quantock and Exmoor Ltd

Salary: dependent on skills and experience

Hours: full time position 37.5 hours per week

Based near Taunton, Somerset.

Exciting opportunity to join our team! Fencing, gates and railings installer.

The Role: On a daily basis planning, preparing tools and equipment, carrying out works to a high standard, within expected time scale and leaving site tidy at the end of the day. Various works including installing all types of fencing (domestic and agricultural), installing estate railings and gates, groundworks and works on Public Rights of Way including installing gates and stiles, vegetation clearance and installing/renovating footpath bridges.

Leave Only Footprints Assistant - BCP Council

Logo: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Salary details: £19,312 - £19,698 (pro rata for part time)

Employment Status: Part Time

Hours: 22.2 hours per week

Fixed Term for 6 months

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Leave Only Footprints team at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council as the Leave Only Footprints Assistant. Leave Only Footprints is an initiative of BCP Council aiming to reduce littering and improve recycling along the seafront.

Climate Action Lead - Sussex Wildlife Trust

Logo: Sussex Wildlife Trust

Location: Woods Mill / Home Working

Salary: £21,860.89 £29,147.85 pro rata

Contract Type: Fixed term (9 months) / Hours: 35 hours per week

Sussex Wildlife Trust has a target to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030, but needs to understand its overall emission and sequestration figures as soon as possible, ideally reaching net zero emissions significantly sooner than 2030. Net Zero for Sussex Wildlife Trust is set against a backdrop of a deeper understanding of the current and future role of our own Estate in carbon storage and potential sequestration.

Horticulture / Wildlife Supervisor - Alternatives West Dunbartonshire Community Drug Services

The salary is £23,960 FTE, pro rata to £19,168 per annum.

The post is 28hrs/week variable, including some evening and weekend working.

Here is an exciting new opportunity to really make a difference. The post of Horticulture / Wildlife Supervisor with Alternatives West Dunbartonshire Community Drug Services is on offer, as part of the safe, therapeutic provision of work placement and qualification opportunities for the Alternatives clients in recovery, working with the wider community.

Project Manager - Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

Logo: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust have been carrying out scientific research into game and wildlife, and conservation for over 80 years. We use science to promote game and wildlife management as an essential part of nature conservation.

In Scotland we are proud of our hill-edge demonstration farm, called Auchnerran, on Deeside, covering 417 ha plus extensive hill grazings. Now in its 6th year of operation, we are seeking a Project Manager to take the operation to the next level, to maximise scientific research, inform future farming models and increasing the project’s influence through-out Scotland, as an education and demonstration resource from school children to politicians.

Assistant Warden - RSPB

Logo: RSPB

Location: Dorset
Salary: Starting at £21,718 to £24,293 Per Annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

We have an exciting opportunity to join a busy team in delivering our habit management and infrastructure maintenance across a suite of reserves throughout Dorset. You will be leading up teams of volunteers for practical tasks and surveying, maintaining machinery, paths and structures and keeping records of all we do and how we have done it.

Heritage Officer - Regency Restoration Project - National Botanic Garden of Wales

The Heritage Officer will work with the Regency Manager and the Head of Interpretation to create interpretation for the restored Regency period designed landscape and the wider Waun Las NNR. This will primarily include new signage, a map and carry round leaflet of all pathways and features of interest on the restored landscape and the rest of Waun Las NNR, waymarker sign installation and restored landscape themed exhibition/s. The Heritage Officer will provide research and public engagement support for colleagues working on aspects of social and natural heritage, not only of landscapes and biodiversity but also science and horticulture and the relationship between man and the landscape.

Warden - RSPB

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Salary: Starting at £23,966 to £26,808 per annum

Hours: Full time / Contract: Permanent

Can you help us deliver our mission to save nature? We are looking for a Warden to join our nature reserve team based at Lake Vyrnwy, Wales. In your role as Warden, you will help to coordinate and lead the delivery of a busy work programme. Your role will be varied - in any given week you could be supervising and developing volunteers, delivering hands-on habitat management, surveying wildlife and habitats, supervising contractors, working with visitors, carrying out estate maintenance and contributing to development of management plans and reports.

‘Back from the Brink’ Cotswolds Conservation Officer - Butterfly Conservation

Logo: Butterfly Conservation

Ten Month Fixed Term Contract, 37 hours per week (1fte), Home-based

Location: England (South West)

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Conservation Officer to deliver the final year of the ‘Back from the Brink’ Cotswolds project across target limestone grasslands. The Conservation Officer will be responsible for co-ordinating and delivering the project Activity Plan, particularly focusing on working with landowners and partner organisations to deliver species focused outcomes and ensuring the project legacy is sustained.

Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer for Yorkshire - Natural England

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The Yorkshire & northern Lincolnshire Area Team in Natural England is looking to recruit a new Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer (CSFO) for the Yorkshire river catchments.

Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) is a partnership between Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency which operates through a network of CSFOs and local partners in each priority catchment. CSF aims to help meet Water Framework Directive targets and drinking water quality standards by reducing diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA).

Forest Liaison Officer - Forestry and Land Scotland

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Based in Oban or Lochgilphead

£28,116 - £30,159 plus benefits

We’re looking for enthusiastic, practical, creative people to join the West Region team to help shape the future of Scotland’s forests and land.

West Region covers mainland Argyll (excluding Cowal), Mull and Lochaber. It is in one of the most wooded areas of Scotland. The landscape is characterised by the spectacular mountain scenery, coastal features, sea and inland lochs and extensive hills.

Maintenance Team Member - Princes Risborough Town Council

Logo: Princes Risborough Town Council

Princes Risborough Town Council is looking for a maintenance team operative. With a love of the outdoors and a passion for ensuring that our parks and town verges are presented in first-class order, you will be practical in nature and be comfortable with the safe use of an array of grounds maintenance tools. You will support in the inspection and maintenance of play areas, litter picking, grass cutting, and fencing/bench repair, along with a variety of vegetation management.

Trainer Assessor in Countryside and Water Environment (South East Region – Home Based) - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Logo: Bridgwater & Taunton College

Salary: £25,997 - £27,727 per annum

This post will plan, co-ordinate, train and assess for countryside worker, water environment and related occupations, including contract delivery for the National Trust and the Environment Agency. Your knowledge and experience in the full range of countryside management, including water management, will be shared with apprentices and colleagues and the quality and delivery of the new programmes carefully updated and monitored with the support of the Team Leader Countryside and Water Environment and Curriculum Manager.