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image of a mortar board and the message: Congratulations to the class of 2021

As lockdown lifts and the promise of a more normal life hovers on the horizon our graduating students should be celebrating the end of three (or more) year's hard work to gain their diplomas and degrees. After enduring the most unusual and stressful of final years they leave the world of academia behind and head off to start their careers they are looking at a more uncertain future than any of us can imagine. It's a hard enough time setting out looking for your first 'real' job in a profession that you hope is going to sustain you, body and soul, for the rest of your working life and we all know how difficult it is in the countryside and conservation sectors at any time. To help our next generation of rangers, ecologists, wildlife warriors, landscape managers and environmental educators CJS once gain wants to give each of this year's graduating class a graduation present of a full year's subscription to CJS Weekly.

If you know any students graduating this year please send them the details of our graduate gift, there are more details and the form to sign up here

Rest assured this is a genuine gift, no hidden catches or sudden requests for money, just CJS trying our best to help the sector.

JOB: Immersive Volunteer Gardener
BE4: 09-07-2021
IV: --
LOC: Dunham Massey National Trust - Altrincham
PAY: Expenses, Training
FOR: National Trust

Are you passionate about gardening? Are you keen to expand your knowledge whilst developing new skills? Are you keen to volunteer and learn alongside a team of professionals in a large beautiful garden? If so, get involved and volunteer as part of our Garden team at Dunham Massey. This role will suit you if you are practical, enjoy all aspects of horticulture and being outdoors, keen to learn more about gardening at the National Trust or you’re considering retraining or changing your career, looking to increase your horticultural skills and knowledge, sensible (the role can be physically demanding and working with machinery can be dangerous), an active team member, looking for a detailed and immersive experience, interested in understanding how we care for our places at National Trust over time, interested in volunteering for no more than 30 hours a week for up to 12 months. Please contact: vicki.johnson1@nationaltrust.org.uk

JOB: Voluntary Trainee Reserves Officer
BE4: 02-07-2021
IV: 09-07-2021
LOC: Leicester
PAY: £300 pcm contr. to living costs
FOR: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Working within our Reserves Team to gain experience and knowledge for a career in conservation, the placement includes leading a large volunteer work group and carrying out a wide range of practical habitat management tasks across the Trust’s 35 reserves. A busy and exciting opportunity to learn and develop skills in practical habitat management, group leadership, use and maintenance of power and hand tools and best practice in conservation management. Based in Leicester, but with extensive travel across Leicestershire and Rutland. Training: first aid at work, pesticide, brushcutter and chainsaw certification, and a broad range of in-house training. Must have great communication and organisational skills, good computing skills, a ready sense of humour, enthusiasm and ability to use initiative and motivate others. Full driving licence + 1 year’s driving experience essential. Previous experience desirable but not essential. 6-12 month placement, 4-5 days per week. Apply: Andy Neilson, Reserves Officer, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE, email: aneilson@lrwt.org.uk, tel: 07710090011.

JOB: Volunteer Admin Volunteer
BE4: 13-07-2021
IV: --
LOC: York
PAY: Travel expenses and training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Do you have an eye for detail and a love for organising? We need someone like you with good computer skills to help us maintain our volunteering records as well as communicating with groups of volunteers and helping us to plan and prepare for events throughout the year. Join our small but fun and busy team to support a thriving organisation and make a difference for Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places. Time: weekly- flexible between Monday- Thursday. More information: https://www.ywt.org.uk/volunteer/north-yorkshire.

JOB: Vehicle Checker Volunteer
BE4: 13-07-2021
IV: --
LOC: York
PAY: Travel expenses and training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

We're looking for a volunteer to keep a check on our pool cars - if you enjoy topping up oil, checking tyre pressures and making sure a car's in good working order, this is a perfect opportunity for you. Time: weekly- flexible times. For a full details about the role please visit our website

JOB: Cafe Volunteer
BE4: 13-07-2021
IV: --
LOC: Potteric Carr Visitor Centre, Doncaster
PAY: Travel expenses and training
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Our cafe at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is a bustling place - a welcome pit stop for visitors who have spent time out on the reserve nature watching, families who have been minibeast hunting or people who have popped in especially for lunch. Whatever the reason, visitors really enjoy refuelling on our homemade food including pies, cakes, and sandwiches. Volunteers can play an important role in welcoming and serving customers in our café and we have an opportunity for new people to join the team in the café. Time: weekly - ideal shifts 11am-3pm. To find out more about this role please visit our website.

JOB: Volunteer Officer
BE4: 30-06-2021
IV: --
LOC: Varous
PAY: Training and travel expenses
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for conservation and enthusing others who are looking to develop their skills and gain experience in the sector. Volunteer Officers (VOs) take on roles with real responsibility - including leading projects and supporting groups of volunteers working to improve green spaces. Being a VO will give you the opportunity to build skills, knowledge and practical experience and enhance your employability. Throughout your time as a VO you will be supported by a nominated Senior Project Officer who will oversee your training and development. You will receive a First Aid training qualification and the opportunity to attend courses on Project Leadership, Safeguarding, Risk Assessment and others. Branded clothing is also supplied and reasonable travel expenses will be covered. Time: minimum of 1 day a week for 6 months. More info available at https://www.tcv.org.uk/getinvolved/volunteering/.

JOB: Volunteer Internships - Connecting Communities To Nature
BE4: N / A
IV: --
LOC: Irvine
PAY: Some reimbursement of travel expenses
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We have 2 x 6 month opportunities to start July 2021. Help our Community Engagement Officer deliver community outreach through school activities, events and to work with community and volunteer groups delivering practical work on local nature sites. Learn on the job and receive a great boost to your career goals with past interns progressing into paid, relevant employment in the sector. A varied opportunity. Our recruitment is limited to those aged 18-25. 6 months commitment for 12 – 15 hours a week over 2-3 days per week with some weekend or evening work required. Full clean driving licence useful. You should be a people person with an Interest in gaining work in the sector. * No closing date – recruitment will be ongoing as candidates apply. Please see the volunteer page of our website https://c-js.co.uk/3gKVTVN.

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