Support Services

person working at computer

There are a lot roles allied to the countryside and wildlife sectors which do not involve working directly with either, all the administrative tasks from reception to accountancy, IT support and software development, the publicity for a site or organisation, fundraising and membership administration.  These support services are all vital to keep organisations running smoothly .

Jobs and employment

Typical jobs include  Admin Assistant, Office Manager, GIS Support, Communication Officer, Membership Recruiter, Grant Administrator, Systems Analyst, Web Developer.

See current administration vacancies advertised with CJS here.

See current publicity and fundraising vacancies advertised with CJS here.

To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a good start.

See current administration volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.

See current publicity and fundraising volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.

Skills, training and CPD.

Skills and qualification required depend upon which type of support service you are considering.  Most require the same qualifications as for similar roles outside of the countryside sector; however for all an interest in and knowledge of the sector is a distinct advantage. Skills specific to the sector include:

GIS training

Ecological appraisal and report writing

Social media for countryside sites

Wildlife Crime and the Law

Understanding the planning system

Project Management for countryside staff

Information and in depth articles

A focus on writing 'for free', New Nature

Scotland's Park Managers Forum, greenspace scotland

The Parks Action Group, Chris Worman MBE from Rugby Borough Council  

Get clarity, save nature and boost your career with The RSPB

Relevant Writing, Environmental Funders Network

Fundraising, is it just asking for the money?, Richard Witt

A day in the life of Jaanika Reinvald, Visitor Experience Assistant for the National Trust

Why charities need champions, Groundwork

Take the time & reap the rewards, Mendip Hills AONB

The National Bat Helpline, Bat Conservation Trust

Its not just about getting muddy at the RSPB

Useful Organisations

Institute of Fundraising

Environmental Funders Network