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18 pages in total, the lead article is from the Ancient Tree Forum on the importance and management of veteran trees. Having discovered the difference between veteran & ancient trees we also find out from the Woodland Trust how managing an ancient woodland is different from any other woodland. Forest Research provide an update on tree health describing some of the new threats. The Tree Council discuss their work with Ash Dieback and the threat it poses to non-woodland trees. The Orchard habitat and how to manage orchards is provided by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). Building your career in forestry from Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the importance of education and learning. Dr James Walmsley at Bangor University talks about the differences between commercial forestry work and a career in arboriculture. Rounding off nicely with a ‘day in the life’ of Amelia Williams, a Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council. Read it here http://c-js.co.uk/CJSFocus


JOB: Student Placement 2018/2019 Scottish Lowland Research

BE4: 03/01/2018

LOC: Aberdeenshire

PAY: Accommodation / £100 pw / expenses

FOR: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

One student undergraduate placement at our new Cromar Farming With Nature (CFWN) project. We could accommodate the student for up to a year if required, or shorter periods as necessary. The CFWN project is comprised of the Game & Wildlife Scottish Demonstration Farm (GWSDF) & the MacRobert Trust land nearby. These two areas combine to provide a huge study site supporting a wide diversity of habitats & wildlife. On both areas we are working on a number of projects, but focusing currently on investigating the ecological & economic impacts of rabbits, factors influencing the breeding success of waders & thrushes, documenting the distribution of breeding raptors & experimenting with ‘Agrilasers’ as a means to control the movements of an array of mammals as part of a new EU LIFE project. Confident & able with an interest in ecology & in working outdoors. You must be happy to be based in a remote, rural location. Some data handling & analysis skills might be useful as would bird ID or other field skills. ASK: http://c-js.co.uk/2AqfVhJ Send CV & letter explaining why you are interested in the placement & to arrange to have your tutor send a reference contact Dr Dave Parish, Head of Scottish Lowland Research 01382 581 111 07889 891956 dparish@gwct.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer - North East

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Dundee - to cover North East Scotland

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any full day Monday to Thursday. We are looking for volunteers to work with our Reserves Project Officer based at Dundee to undertake a varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Dundee to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: Peter Gilbert pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)

PAY: 0

FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management. Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & interested in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team. ASK: pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Volunteer Officer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Mortonall, Edinburgh

PAY: Training / travel expenses

FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

You will be assisting & learning from the current volunteer & senior project officer. You could spend your time trying a variety of practical conservation skills travelling to community gardens, parks & reserves around Edinburgh, or engage with communities & schools. As confidence & skills develop, you will take a leading role on the practical volunteering days helping load & maintain tools & supervise other volunteers. When appropriate you will do extra days supporting us with advertising & administrative tasks. You will gain excellent work exp valued by employers, develop a whole range of transferable skills, & best of all join a friendly & supportive team in a camping park in the South of Edinburgh. Willing to lead a group; work well in a team; passionate about the environment & conservation; time management skills; willing to drive the mini-van of volunteers; full driving licence held for a year. Knowledge & exp in practical conservation; conservation & ecology; community & public engagement; exp leading a group or team. ASK: Please contact Diane Obst diane.obst@tcv.org.uk 07824 522314

JOB: Woodland Management Volunteer

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scottish Borders (Central Area)

PAY: Training / expenses

FOR: Nature Unlimited

A minimum commitment of half a day per week over a 12 week period is desirable. We require volunteers for our employability skills programme. We will support disadvantaged young people & vulnerable adults to develop skills in working as a team, basic woodland management, growing & cooking healthy food & green woodworking techniques. You will be part of a friendly team & receive regular training & support. Sessions take place in a woodland in all weather & will be based mainly in the Galashiels area. No exp required as you will receive necessary training but you should enjoy working with people in the outdoors in all weathers. ASK: Jan 07711 837485 info@natureunlimited.scot

JOB: Wildlife Surveyor

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Eglinton Country Park

PAY: Training opportunities available

FOR: North Ayrshire Ranger Service

1 day per week. North Ayrshire Ranger Service requires your help to build a picture of the wildlife within Eglinton Country Park & the surrounding District area. Whether you are a beginner or an expert surveyor, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Report what you see whilst out walking or take part in a regular survey. Lots of support & training available. No experience required. ASK: Contact North Ayrshire Ranger Service 01294 551776 eglintoncountrypark@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

JOB: Volunteers

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: Scotland

PAY: ?

FOR: Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) is looking for volunteers from its current membership, or from people who support the work of the Association aims. You would be assisting in our membership drive, supporting regional groups & assisting in the following topic groups: training, education, SCRA professional qual & youth awards, communication, editorship. SCRA offers you the opportunity to extend your knowledge & understanding of rangering in Scotland. It should assist you in building your CV. If you only wish to volunteer to do conservation work we can direct you to your nearest group. Our quest is about building a committed volunteer team to assist SCRA into the future. ASK: rangerbobreid@gmail.com

JOB: Employability & Training Volunteer

BE4: N / A

LOC: North Lanarkshire

PAY: Training & travel expenses

FOR: Seven Lochs Wetland Park

TCV Scotland's Seven Lochs Training & Employability programme is open to North Lanarkshire residents 16 years & over & a 13 week accredited award (SQA) which provides work exp & employability training using a range of environmental activities (e.g. landscaping, horticulture, heritage conservation) at a range of local greenspaces. Each programme is tailored to the participants, with progression, confidence building & skills development being our main focus. We incl HSE & Lantra accredited training into our programmes. ASK: Ali Lawson, 07436 533240 a.lawson@tcv.org.uk

JOB: Conservation Volunteer Co-ordinator

BE4: Ongoing

LOC: All over Scotland!

PAY: 0

FOR: National Trust for Scotland

NTS is always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Conservation Volunteer Groups based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen & Inverness. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills & work in beautiful gardens & stunning countryside throughout Scotland. Over 18 & reasonably fit. ASK: Julie Bond, 0131 4580315 jbond@nts.org.uk

Details believed correct but given without prejudice. Ends.