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Countryside Jobs Service Professional - The leading monthly for countryside staff across the UK

Published on the second Thursday every month

CJS is endorsed by the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association and the Countryside Management Association

Featured Charity: The Rivers Trust

Find out more about our featured charity here.
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CJS Professional: 13 June 2024

Contents: Click the headers to browse each section, or click on each item (or the [more] button)
Please remember: If you are interested in a particular advert or item please contact the advertiser, not CJS, and remember to tell them you saw their advert in CJS Professional.


43 adverts for posts included in this edition.

Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles

RFS Forestry Roots Paid Traineeships for people aged 18-30 years old, run by Royal Forestry Society, 8 placements available this year.
Please note adverts are deleted as they reach the closing date.


The benefits of volunteering are myriad to both the organisation and the volunteer [more]
If you'd like to join our amazing army of volunteers giving their time and skills to make a massive difference to our countryside, conservation and wildlife, see what's needed across the sector and available near  you by wandering through our online Volunteer Directory.

CJS Updates and other useful information 

This July, Countryside Jobs Service will celebrate 30 years since the first edition was published in 1994. Over our thirty years CJS has become the trusted countryside specialist, we've never focused on providing large numbers of applications, instead we've always offered highly targeted advertising. [more]
The fourth article from our Featured Charity for 2024: The Rivers Trust.  Not just for nerds: Why data makes a difference, written by Rebecca Duncan, Media & Events Lead
In our last article, we put the spotlight on our fantastic technical team, so this time  we’re mixing it up and highlighting some of the non-technical roles that are such essential cogs in the Rivers Trust machine [more


Another happy customer. We like to think we go above and beyond for the professionals we work with in the conservation sector. It’s lovely to hear when our customers think so too. [more]


Are you thinking of recruiting Volunteers?  It’s a fact of life that the countryside sector needs a vast army of volunteers to help keep everything ticking over and CJS advertises hundreds of voluntary roles, over 400 adverts were published in 2023. Whilst it might seem the perfect fix to a perpetual problem of needing more hands but no available funds there is actually more to it than handing out jobs without impacting your budget. Find out more in this article from CS Editor Kerryn published to coincide with Volunteers Week


Features and In Depth Articles

Plotting the Polecat’s Recovery, by Katherine Morley, Carnivore Conservation Officer at Vincent Wildlife Trust

Unleashing the Power of Volunteering: A Transformative Journey at Celtic Harmony Camp by David Leigh-Ellis, Project Manager - Lavina's Legacy at Celtic Harmony

20-26 May was Invasive Species Week. CRISEP: Tackling Invasive plants on waterways by Charles Hughes, Environmental Scientist & INNS Project Manager at Canal & River Trust  Invasive non-native species (INNS) are one of the top global threats to biodiversity.

National Garden Wildlife Week was last week, 31 May to 6 June. And what better way to celebrate than to look at one of the longest running citizen science projects? BTO Garden BirdWatch and feeding data back to volunteers by Rob Jaques, BTO Garden BirdWatch Supporter Development Officer at the British Trust for Ornithology

Working in photography, We asked a few questions of Ben Andrew, Picture Researcher at RSPB

International Day for Biological Diversity was on 22 May. This year’s theme is all about “being part of the plan”; a call to action for all stakeholders to collaborate to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity so we asked National Biodiversity Network to re-introduce themselves with an Organisation Profile. Being part of the Plan: Making data work for nature by Mandy Henshall, Communications and Engagement Manager, NBN Trust CJS is proud to be a corporate supporter of the Trust
A young person's thoughts for World Environment Day on 5 June.
Think Beyond Business as Usual
, by Ellena Jenks part of the Young People's Trust for the Environment. Ellena says: As a young person in the current climate, I can only see a future for myself working in environmental protection.

9Trees Wins National Micro-Business of the Year award at the FSB Awards
9 Trees help CJS with our sustainability by planting trees on our behalf to help offset our small footprint.


In case you missed it, 4 features worth revisiting

CJS Focus

Current Edition: CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Chester Zoo. Published on 6 February 2024, read it here

Next Edition: CJS Focus on Visitor Management in association with Visitor Studies Group, due for publication 24 June More information about this edition here.  NB: Deadline for adverts is TOMORROW 14 June so you'd better be quick!

Features from CJS Focus on Volunteering
Green spaces need friends! – The why, what and how of Friends Groups By Dave Morris, Chair, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces
More information here or read the article here
Volunteering – Discover the New You By: Marie Harvey, Communications Officer, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Countryside Trust
More information here or read the article here

News from the month


Training and Events

Calendar of events and short courses occurring in August plus additions made over the past month.


Useful Information, including Classified adverts

Free copy of ‘30 years of Red Squirrel Conservation Research on the Isle of Wight’: After 30 years of study into red squirrels and their habitat, Wight Squirrel Project Manager and founder, Helen Butler MBE, has published her reports and experience in red squirrel conservation on the Isle of Wight. [more]

Advertise in CJS, information here. Rates here. Information for CJS Weekly and CJS Professional.

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Apprenticeships, Interns and paid trainee roles.


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Remember you can advertise voluntary roles completely free of charge, including online and any paid enhancements (adding a logo) are half price.

In 2023 we published adverts for 372 volunteers  - not including those in CJS Focus.

CJS announcements, information and other articles of interest.

image including all the copy from Lizzie

Another happy customer

We like to think we go above and beyond for the professionals we work with in the conservation sector.

It’s lovely to hear when our customers think so too.

CJS is absolutely my go to for advertising environmental jobs. It was the gateway to the start of my own career! I've worked with CJS in multiple roles, and I've always found them really easy to work with, helpful, good value, and advertising with them gets a great response.

Lizzie Wilberforce, INCC

Read this and the thoughts of lots of other happy customers here.

Fourth article from our Featured Charity for 2024: The Rivers Trust

CJS Focus.

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CJS Focus on Visitor Management: DEADLINE 14 JUNE

Current Edition: CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with Chester Zoo. Published on 5 February 2024, read it here

Next Edition: CJS Focus on Visitor Management in association with Visitor Studies Group, due for publication 24 June More information about this edition here.

NB; Deadline for adverts is TOMORROW 14 June so you'd better be quick!

The Focus will contain articles about working in this area, job profiles and anything associated with working in visitor management.

Do you have a job to advertise, a training course that will help people get in to this type of work. Perhaps you run a support organisation? You have an app or website that would be useful to those managing and looking after visitors.

Even if you don't have any jobs at the moment, you can provide us with a free company profile to let readers know you work in visitor management.

Send us your free adverts by clicking here

Contact Amy on if you have any questions.

Features and In Depth Articles.

In case you missed it: features worth revisiting.


We collate together news from across the internet; sent out in real time via twitter and each day we pick a handful of stories of interest which are included on the Headlines page, the daily email update and here grouped according to subject.

Click on the headline to read more.

Training Directory.

Browse the Training Directory online here for short courses (up to 10 days long), or here for longer courses, distance learning and centres and providers

The Directory includes a wide range of courses providing certification in practical skills such as chainsaw use, need to learn how to identify dragonflies, or want to find out the best way to get the community involved in your project then this is the section to read. We include details of many professional courses in the online short courses pages. There are also sections for longer courses, training centres and other events (eg conferences).

Search for your next CPD course here.

Advertise your training course and professional events.

Send your training course information today to or submit online here.

If you're running professional courses or events and would like details to be included here and in the online Training Directory click here for more information, email your details to us or for further information please contact the CJS Team. Free advertising available.


Recently added online events and learning including calendar of short courses happening in August 2024.



17/06/2024 1st Workshop on Wildlife Fertility Control: What Now? What Next? Where To? at University of York 2 Days

The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control Contact:

The BIWFC Europe will host a workshop on fertility control and wildlife coexistence in Europe on the campus of the University of York, in York, UK, on June 17 and 18, 2024. This two-day event will explore the practical applications of wildlife fertility control in Europe.

18/06/2024 Nature-based Solutions Conference 2024: Growing Positive Change at Online 3 Days

Nature-based Solutions Initiative Contact:

Over three days and nine sessions, we will bring together interdisciplinary researchers with practitioners and decision makers from the public and private sectors, as well as Indigenous voices from around the world, to discuss and co-create an action plan for nature-based solutions to support positive social-environmental change. In-person tickets have now sold out. Online tickets are still available.

19/06/2024 4th European i-Tree Conference & Urban ReLeaf Conference at Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee 3 Days

Dundee City Council Contact:

Join us at the 4th European i-Tree Conference and Urban ReLeaf Conference, in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Our theme this year is Turning data into action, in and around the urban forest.

19/06/2024 5th International Social Prescribing Conference at London 2 Days

The National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Social Prescribing Network Contact:

Building on the success of our previous events, this year's conference will focus on innovation and innovative practices in social prescribing. Our objective is to spotlight pioneering approaches, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on impact and tackling health inequalities.

19/06/2024 Digital Skills and Inclusion in Volunteering at Online 1 Day

Association of Volunteer Managers Contact:

Across the volunteering sector, organisations are increasingly adopting a ‘digital first’ approach, looking to embrace the flexibility and efficiency of digital tools and systems.

24/06/2024 Resilient Landscapes for People, Nature and Climate at University of Birmingham 2 Days

British Ecological Society Contact:

This 2-day symposium supports the creation of a more cohesive community around large-scale land, freshwaters and coastal/marine systems. This event will encourage the sharing of best practice, promote more standardised monitoring and evaluation approaches and support the development of new projects to enhance our evidence base.

16/07/2024 Windermere's Water Quality: From Satellite To River Bank at Zoom 0.5 Day

Biological Recording Company Ltd Contact:

This webinar will delve into the evidence behind the algal blooms impacting on Lake Windermere. We'll explore different sources of data, such as invertebrate monitoring, satellite imagery and human activity data to establish if a common cause can be established. A must for anyone that cares about water quality.

Short Courses

Access and Rights of Way

10/08/2024 Introduction to Navigation 1 Day at Llandrindod Wells
This 1-day navigation training course is suitable for those new to hill walking, or who have always relied on someone else to take the lead. Learn essential map and compass skills and then discover how to relate the map to the landscape and walk a planned route.

11/08/2024 Wilderness Navigation 1 Day at Elan Valley, mid-Wales
This 1-day Wilderness Navigation course is aimed at those who already have some hill walking experience and at least a basic understanding of the use of map and compass. This course will build on those foundations and take you to some more demanding upland 'wild' terrain.

Above two courses with The Wilderness Project. Contact: 01597 811107

Administrative and Office Skills

28/08/2024 Exploring Nature Writing (Online) Day
Online, Field Studies Council. Contact:
Aspiring nature writers are taken through a series of exciting workshops to hone their craft, sketching out the beauty of nature with the written word in this introductory online nature writing course.

Community Engagement and Environmental Education

05/08/2024 Forest School Leader - Level 3 10 Days
Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve, Flesham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0AQ, Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01473 890089
A ten day course certified by AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group aimed at individuals who wish to lead a Forest School programme. Based on a stunning nature reserve. Takes place outside term time.

06/08/2024 Level 3 Forest School Leader 8 Days
Bishop's Wood Countryside Centre, Caswell, Swansea, SA3 3 BS, Forest School Swansea Neath Port Talbot. Contact: 01792 367118
This Agored Cymru accredited course provides skills and knowledge to establish a Forest School programme. Topics covered are: Supporting Learning, Play and Development in Natural Environments, Delivering Forest School, Observation and Evaluation of Forest School, Sustainable Use and Management of Natural Resources, Teaching Outdoor Practical Skills.

First Aid, Risk Assessment and other Health & Safety Related Courses

15/08/2024 Regulated Outdoor First Aid 2 Days at Llandrindod Wells
This regulated and certificated course will set you up with the knowledge and confidence to manage incidents ranging from a cut finger to a multiple casualty emergency in a remote location. We'll deliver this training in a fun and friendly atmosphere whilst providing as much realism as possible.

19/08/2024 Regulated Emergency First Aid at Work 1 Day at Llandrindod Wells
This regulated and certificated 1-day training course will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in delivering emergency first aid in the workplace. A great course for those wishing to improve their basic first aid abilities for use in everyday life.

Above two courses with The Wilderness Project. Contact: 01597 811107

Horticulture and Small Holding

25/08/2024 Designing your own garden 4 Days
Learn the basics of site evaluation and the creation of a functional layout and planting plan, which can be used to plan and plant your garden.

31/08/2024 An introduction to propagation 1 Day
Gain confidence and knowledge to propagate and a few young plants for your garden.

Above two courses based at West Dean with West Dean College. Contact: 01243 818 300 option2

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Herpetology, Fish and Invertebrates

04/08/2024 How to conduct a butterfly survey 2 Days
Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place. Contact: 01732 463255
A free training session to learn how to conduct a butterfly survey. Your new skills will enable you to join our citizen science programme and undertake butterfly surveys for Bore Place (and elsewhere!) No knowledge or experience necessary, pre-booking essential, 18+ only.

10/08/2024 Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Intermediates 1 Day at Tyland Barn
An identification day - covers all bumblebee species of Britain and includes in depth ecology, lifecycle and an update on Bombus subterraneus reintroduction project.

31/08/2024 An Introduction to Fossils 1 Day at Sevenoaks
Discover more about fossils, especially those that can be found locally.

Above two courses with Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Mammals

09/08/2024 Beaver Ecology, Survey and Management Issues 1 Day
Richard Green Ecology Ltd, 9C Mill Park Industrial Estate, White Cross Road, Woodbury Salterton, Devon, EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology. Contact: 01395 239234
This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake beaver surveys, experiencing field signs and beaver wetlands first-hand. Potential human-beaver conflicts will also be covered, with information on management solutions and licensing requirements. Attendees should be comfortable with walking outdoors on rough and wet terrain

17/08/2024 Dormouse Ecology and Conservation (in-person) 1 Day
Wildwood trust, Kent, Mammal Society . Contact: 02380010981
This one-day course is from approximately 09:30 to 16:45 and is recognised as the definitive course on dormouse ecology, survey and monitoring. Ideal for those with a general interest, or working towards their Dormouse Handling Licence. The course includes information on relevant legislation, dormouse ecology and conservation, survey techniques and habitat management theory.

21/08/2024 Discovering UK Otters: Biology, Ecology and Conservation (Online) Day
Online, Field Studies Council. Contact:
This course will focus on what otters evolved from, their biology, behaviour, and where to find them. This course will also cover a basic overview of otter surveying, monitoring, and conservation whilst looking at human impacts on our UK otter population.

29/08/2024 How to conduct a bat emergence survey 3 Days
Bore Place, Kent, Bore Place. Contact: 01732 463255
A free training session to learn how to conduct a bat emergence survey. The data gathered will contribute to our wider understanding of the biodiversity of Bore Place. No knowledge or experience necessary, pre-booking essential, 18+ only.

31/08/2024 Camera trapping for wildlife conservation 1 Day
Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012
A wild day out learning the fundamentals of camera trapping and the opportunity to practice your new and/or improved skills in the wilds of Kent.

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Ornithology

26/08/2024 A close look at nature: 2-week experience 12 Days
Lower Sharpham Farm, Ashprington, Totnes, TQ9 7DX, Ambios Ltd. Contact:
Get up close and personal with abundant nature in a beautiful landscape. Develop your confidence in how to identify and interpret nature, including birds and wild mammals. You’ll also investigate the world of plants and their medicinal, cultural, and edible properties. Leave feeling resourced to start your nature recovery journey.

Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats

01/08/2024 Arable Plant Identification and Ecology 1 Day at Micheldever
A course to help participants get to grips with arable plants, learn different conservation techniques and arable management options.

01/08/2024 Aquatic Plants (Rivers and Ponds) 1 Day at Langford Lakes WWT
A 1 day course covering identification of common submerged, floating, emergent and bank-side plant communities.

Above two courses with Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539

02/08/2024 Fern Identification (MMU) 4 Days
Rhyd-y-creuau, Betws-y-coed, North Wales, Field Studies Council. Contact:
This Fern Identification course includes botany, ecology and identification of ferns in their natural habitats in North Wales. The three days of this course will be spent in the beautiful, rugged landscape of the Snowdonia National Park, looking at Pteridophytes: ferns and their allies, in their natural habitats.

03/08/2024 Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles 1 Day
Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01622 662012
Sort out the look-alikes in this, the largest family of flowering plants

07/08/2024 Discovering Trees (Online) Day
Online, Field Studies Council. Contact:
During this course you will build your knowledge of trees and explore their incredible biology and ecology. Later topics take you through introducing the two main types of trees found in the UK.

08/08/2024 Aquatic Plants (Rivers and Ponds) 1 Day
Langford Lakes WWT, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539
A 1 day course covering identification of common submerged, floating, emergent and bank-side plant communities

10/08/2024 Identifying Composite Flowers 1 Day
Kirkhill Community Centre, Inverness, BSBI. Contact:
The course will be structured around the booklet Start to identify Composite Flowers which is based as are all these workshops ? on the concept of homing in to ID via a dedicated flowchart, rather than by exhaustive keys, and by using field characters that avoid the need for microscopic examination. Places are limited, booking essential.

12/08/2024 Rewilding, reintroduction and regeneration: 2-week experience 12 Days
Lower Sharpham Farm, Ashprington, Totnes, TQ9 7DX, Ambios Ltd. Contact:
Experience practical approaches to nature recovery through rewilding at Sharpham and understand what it means for you and your future. Learn about the reintroduction of missing species and explore how we might work with nature, and natural processes, to produce food without destroying the planet through regenerative farming.

17/08/2024 Ferns for Complete & Utter Beginners 1 Day
Three Villages Hall, Arrochar, BSBI. Contact:
This workshop aims to introduce the identification of some common ferns and is for complete and utter beginners in fern identification. Ferns are often thought of as difficult, so participants will gain some foundational knowledge which may then be confidently built upon through outings, field meetings and workshops elsewhere. Places are limited, booking essential.

26/08/2024 Grasses, Sedges & Rushes ID Workshop 1 Day
Grangemouth, TCV Scotland. Contact: 07483 045 704
On this 1 day workshop you will learn how to tell a grass from a sedge and a sedge from a rush. By the ed of the day, you will be confidently identifying a dozen or so grasses, sedges and rushes, giving you a kick-start to further study.

29/08/2024 Discovering Ferns - Online Day
Online, Field Studies Council. Contact:
This course is an introduction to the fern species found in the UK. The course covers their biology, ecology and where you can find them. Focusing on their key features such as fronds, spores and structure.

31/08/2024 Plant Identification for Habitat Surveys 1 Day
Dumyat, near Stirling, BSBI. Contact:
This meeting aims to introduce participants to the main indicator species which assist in habitat classifications, touching on several Phase 1 habitats and NVC plant communities. The workshop is not suitable for complete beginners but is more aimed at those who have some basic or intermediate plant identification skills who are also interested in understanding the relationships between plant species and the habitats in which they grow.

Practical Countryside Skills

10/08/2024 Training in the use, maintenance and joy of the Austrian scythe 1 Day
Egrove Park, Oxford, Oxfordshire, The Joy of Scything. Contact:
Practical introduction to the principles, techniques and maintenance of this eco-friendly, effective and versatile tool. Suitable for a range of experience levels, from complete beginners to those looking to improve. For more information or to discuss options, visit

Practical Countryside Skills - Machinery

06/08/2024 Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting 3 Days at SO24
In this unit, students learn how to sharpen and maintain a chainsaw, how to start and check functionality and then how to cross-cut timber safely at the end of the course students wishing to obtain a certificate will be assessed independently.

12/08/2024 Aerial Chainsaw 3 Days at SO32
Using a chainsaw in the canopy of a tree has its challenges, in this unit learning includes target pruning, some basic tree physiology, positioning in the tree when using a chainsaw, cuts that are used aerially and why they are used and safe starting techniques, Independent assessment for this unit.

19/08/2024 Tree Climbing and Rescue 5 Days at SO24
Learning to tree climb is one of the most physically demanding units, a good power to weight ratio and head for heights is essential. There is more legislation to learn relating to working at height and learning about the equipment being used. Aerial Rescue involves bringing a casualty out of the tree or off of a pole safely, the pole is carried out wearing climbing spurs/spikes. Assessment is independent for this unit.

27/08/2024 Small Tree Felling 4 Days at SO32
During this course, learners will get to grips with felling small trees, whether they are upright or leaning, and also how to deal with hung-up trees. Independently assessed.

Above courses with Arbsystem. Contact: 01962393121

Longer Courses


Distance Learning

Project Planning for Wildlife Conservation, Project Management for Wildlife Conservation WildTeam UK, Grant Writing for Wildlife Conservation and Monitoring and Evaluation for Wildlife Conservation with WildTeam UK


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cover the Red Squirrels on the isle fo Wight featuing a close up photo of a red squirrel

Free copy of ‘30 years of Red Squirrel Conservation Research on the Isle of Wight’

After 30 years of study into red squirrels and their habitat, Wight Squirrel Project Manager and founder, Helen Butler MBE, has published her reports and experience in red squirrel conservation on the Isle of Wight. A list of the subject matter can be found on the website:

Methodology for the many studies, including how to treat/care for injured, orphaned and sick animals is relevant to other species. These reports are copyrighted, so any data used, must be credited.

As part of our charitable giving, a limited number of books are offered free to large conservation groups, vet student colleges, universities or other colleges with conservation aims. The book costs £10 to post, so if you can contribute it would be appreciated, otherwise, Wight Squirrel Project will pay postage. Please email Helen: to book your copy, stating which organisation it is for.

For individuals wanting a hard copy of this 368-page book, the cost is £35. Delivery is free to Isle of Wight addresses but please add £10 for posting off the Island. You can email or ring 01983 611003 to order your copy

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