2019 is a very special one for CJS, it's our silver
Can you believe it? The first edition of Countryside Jobs Service,
which later became CJS Weekly, was published 25 years ago that's roughly
We're celebrating our birthday in lots of different ways across the
year, keep an eye on our blog and social media feeds for details.
Starting with an updated logo: you'll see our 25th anniversary logo
throughout the year.
Read our introduction here.
We've asked a few friends for their thoughts on what CJS is, how
it's helped them and their organisations and what's changed over the
time since that very first edition. You'll find their wonderful comments
You're welcome to add your comments,
is the easiest way.
And take part in our
Birthday present giveaway here.
This month's Birthday Gift Giveaway!
have an amazing year's membership to Forestry England for this month's
birthday gift giveaway.
On 1 April 2019 Forestry Commission England became Forestry England.
This marks the start of an exciting new chapter in our history.
We are Englandís largest land manager and custodian of the nationís
public forests. We have around 1,000 committed staff and volunteers
looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. We
work in partnership with others across government and the charitable and
private sectors. You can
more about how we care for forests, managing them for people and
communities, for nature and to support the economy. You can also
your local forest and the activities you can explore.
also offer membership to 30 different forests across England, each
tailored for visiting and supporting a specific forest or wood. Itís an
ideal way for our visitors to help us look after their local forest and
save money through free parking and a variety of other benefits and
out more about our membership.
To celebrate CJSís birthday, you have the chance to win a Forestry
England membership to a participating forest of your choosingÖ.
The Forestry Commission is also celebrating a BIG
anniversary, their cententary,
read about it here.
How do you win our birthday gifts? Simply send us your name
and email address (use
the form here) and after the closing date, 3 May for the
Membership pacakge, we'll pull the names of the lucky winners out of a hat (OK, use a
random number generator but you get the gist!).
Birthday wishes from Friends and Colleagues
Way back in the last century, I earned a living in the commercial
world. I was spending more
and more of my leisure time outdoors close to wildlife, an avid birder,
enjoying work less and less and finally deciding that a career in nature
conservation would be a good move.
But would there ever be a job that suited me?
Countryside Jobs Service, I was told.
It was pretty new then and thatís where I started looking.
My first memory of trying to change career is of learning as much
as I could about ecology and habitat management.
My second is searching through CJS ads.
There were some jobs!
Maybe I would see one I might be able to do.
I canít actually remember where I saw my first conservation job
advertised but either CJS or the Yorkshire Post led me to the Wildlife
Trust, then to the RSPB and now Plantlife.
And I havenít looked back since.
Although now Iíve typed that, Iíve realised itís not true.
I look back regularly at all thatís happened since I took that
new job and the wonderful conservation activity that so many great
colleagues and volunteers allowed me to play a small part in.
Nature still faces huge challenges but looking back at the
results weíve all achieved must give us confidence that we can succeed.
Whatís the biggest change over the years?
Well, personally, the birder from the last century was quickly
convinced (and rightly so!) than the rest of the natural world was just
as intriguing as the avian bits.
Hand lens and moth trap, as well as binoculars, now.
Iím now working for Plantlife, conserving plants and fungi.
We all know where wild flowers lead, wildlife follows. And,
across the sector, itís been really heartening to see rivalry replaced
with ever more co-operation and joint projects.
Just as I started writing this, I checked the CJS website and
what did I see? A vacancy in
the Back from the Brink team alongside the Plantlife logo.
Thereís no better example than Englandís biggest species recovery
partnership of how weíre working together to do even more for nature.
And thanks CJS for playing your part as you have for 25 years.
Michael Krause, Acting Chief Executive
Adams University Careers Service have promoted and used the Countryside
Jobs Service Weekly for many years in a whole manner of ways. We promote
the service and highlight the website in all our taught sessions and
engagement with students. This can be part of one to one guidance
sessions with students and also in larger group sessions. Feedback from
students has been excellent and the opportunities advertised and written
articles have proven helpful in kick starting careers once students have
completed their degree courses.
Volunteering and seasonal work has also been able to enhance students
CVís and help them evidence and gain experience, all things essential
for candidates competing for posts.
The Careers Service feel the Countryside Jobs Service is an essential
part of our guidance tool kit and frankly we could not do without it!
Maria Simpson, Careers Service Manager,
behalf of all our staff and volunteers at TCV, the community
volunteering charity we would like to wish Countryside Job Service a
very Happy 25th Birthday. A huge thank you for your continued
support in helping us to achieve our goal of creating healthy, happy
communities for everyone. We look forward to another 25 years of
supporting the countryside and environmental sector.
TCV, the community volunteering
have been subscribers to CJS for nearly 2 years Ė I wish Iíd found them
HighGround is a charity I started in 2013.
Our Mission is to Improve the wellbeing and employment prospects of
serving personnel and veterans using the green environment.
We do this is 2 ways Ė by providing the Horticultural Therapy service
for injured serving personnel at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation
Centre at Stanford Hall and, for those still serving and veterans who
know they donít want to work in an office but not quite sure what they
want to do, we provide advice and support about opportunities in the
land-based sector, with Rural Weeks at the core.
Long before they are ready to search for a job, we help them to look
beyond their military identity and consider their transferable skills.
Being able to direct them to CJSís jobs board is a fantastic way for
them to see that there are so many roles which they are ideally suited
to Ė some even involve wearing camouflageÖ..!
I think CJS is a terrific organisation which punches well above its
weight. Happy Anniversary and hereís to the next quarter century!
Anna Baker Cresswell
Read more about HighGround in their
In Depth profile article here.
Following many years of successful, collaborative working, many
congratulations to all the team at CJS for such a fabulous job! The CMA
immensely values all the services offered by CJS especially the very
fast and efficient services promoting vacancies, volunteer opportunities
and the exceptionally helpful, wide-ranging information, on a myriad of
topics, in the regular editions of CJS Focus. The latter offers key
facts, lots of opportunities and genuine encouragement to the broad
audience of those interested in countryside management. The services
offered by CJS are held in great esteem by CMA members and long may our
close relationship continue. Well done for 25 years of excellent work!
CJS Introduction to our 'Birthday' year:
Some things change and others stay the same
One thing that has remained unchanged across all the years is that
CJS is unique in offering free advertising for just about everything
relating to our sector. However, we know that sometimes you need
more information than we can include in the short free linages and often
logos are required so we're delighted to be able to keep the rates for
these paid options unchanged for another year.
What has changed is that Countryside Jobs Service now advertises much
more than countryside jobs our range has expanded to include ecology,
wildlife, animal care, community involvement, rural and urban sites,
fundraising, admin support, visitor management, arboriculture,
environmental and outdoor education and today we publish a lot more than
'just' jobs advertising voluntary roles and recruitment days,
apprenticeships and intern placements, citizen science projects,
training courses, professional events, a full news round up service and
a vast array of in depth information and articles providing insights and
help to establish professional and new starters alike.
From small beginnings
In July 1994 the first edition of CJS Weekly landed on doormats -
mostly those belonging to members of CMA who, along with SCRA, received
a 10% discount off subscriptions (no longer I'm afraid). It seems
like it was only five minutes ago that we were stuffing sheets of A4
from a daisy-wheel printer into multi-sized, shaped (and even perfumed)
self addressed envelopes. Yes, that's how it all started which was
a huge step forward from photocopies of adverts in newspapers which
formed the Jobs Service for CMA members way back when. CJS
founders, Niall and Anthea Carson took on the task of converting those
snippets into a cohesive newsletter, Anthea devised the unique advert
format, Niall sorted out the filing system for the envelopes and they
were off. As word spread of how good this new service was,
subscriber numbers increased and the daisy-wheel printer was swapped for
a dot-matrix before the heat from the printwheel caused the office to
combust. In those early days there was no paid advertising only
the Standard Linage which was all free; with the increase of outside
funding and funding partners needing to use logos (even on a free
advert) we started taking paid adverts. CJS has continued to grow
following the natural progression of the countryside sector with just a
gentle nudge every now and then. Niall retired in 2006 - we had a
little celebration - since then the CJS Team has grown to five members
plus office dogs, people often can't believe that it's just our small
team producing the behemoth that is CJS, covering three newsletters, one
quarterly publication and the huge website - sometimes I'm not sure I do
Reasons to be proud
incredibly proud that in our 25 years we have never missed a deadline
despite some very trying circumstances ranging from seriously broken
websites and multi-day power cuts to needing a large digger to excavate
several feet of snow from the lane to the office, when
things get tough it's all hands
on deck even if those are very little
hands helping to sledge a sack of newsletters to the local post office -
school might be closed but CJS keeps rolling on!
We're just as proud that we hold true to Niall and Anthea's
principals of putting back as much into conserving the countryside as
possible, CJS is run along Social Enterprise principals. We still
offer Standard Free Linage in CJS Weekly in fact, it's possible to
advertise virtually anything (anything relevant to the countryside that
is) free of charge with CJS.
We've been asking friends to let us know what CJS means to them and
we'll be sharing their thoughts with you throughout the year. They'll
all be collated on this page (scroll down) and you're welcome to add
your comments (email
is the easiest way).
We're also accepting and giving away birthday presents starting with
a lucky dip for 25 annual email subscriptions to CJS Weekly. We
also have four 2019 calendars from the British Wildlife Photography
Awards. Simply send us your name and email address and at the end of the
month we'll pull the names of the lucky winners out of a hat (OK, use a
random number generator but you get the gist!).
Into the futureÖ
During the year we are launching several new projects not least of
which will be a sparkling new website later this spring once the January
madness dies down and we get on with the monster task of transferring
all the information. We have something exciting planned for July
which is our actual birthday month, so keep reading!
Birthday wishes from readers:
Happy birthday CJS thanks for helping find great jobs in my first ten
years of working in the industry!
Have a simply stunning silver birthday...heres hoping you have many
more to come
Have a birthday drink on me! Ummm, virtually of course....
All the best for your 25th year and beyond. You have running as long
as I have! I look forward to hopefully broadening my career from one of
Yayyy congratulations! You've been there for me over the course of
Many happy returns and keep up the good work.
Happy anniversary CJS! Keep up the great work and thanks for all you
do to keep us connected to what matters, Leanne Clements
Happy Birthday! Thanks for all your hard work on an excellent
website. A daily joy! :) Take good care xx
I have found the free services offered by CJS very useful over the
past ten years and I wish everyone at CJS all the very best for the
future as they celebrate 25 Years. Keep up the good work!
Wishing CJS a VERY happy 25th birthday. You don't look a day older!
;-) And thank you for helping me find meaningful employment doing
something I love! Katie x
Happy Birthday Team CJS!! Keep up the great work. Claire Davis
Happy Birthday and thank you for being here xx
Happy Birthday! You do great work!
Happy 25th! Thanks for all your hard work!
Happy Birthday you lovely lot! Thanks for all the years of fab e-mails!
Compleanos Jubilados Senores y Senoras!
Spanish so much more appropriate to wish CJS the best!
Happy Birthday CJS! Can't wait to find my next job with you!
Happy birthday! Drink sensibly and eat unsensible! :)
Thank you for your very comprehensive jobs advertising service.
Always a good read in have itself.
Happy 25th Birthday to CJS keep up the good work and here's to the
Best Wishes. Gary Cooper
Happy Birthday, so glad you are still going strong (I found my last 3
jobs through CJS). X
You have been part of my conservation career work life for the last
20 plus years. So glad you\'ve evolved and retained the
independent spirit. Here\'s to another 25 years!
Happy Birthday and well done on all the hard work you do bringing us
details of jobs and wildlife-related news. I find it really useful to
keep up to date with what\'s going on in the world! Mel Dodd
Excellent opportunities to consider - thank you!
Happy birthday CJS, raise a glass to yourselves and all those you
have helped find employment :-)
Congratulations to you all on 25 years of fantastic publications.
Long may it continue.
happy birthday and thank you for publishing jobs I can apply for x
Keep up the good work
Happy birthday CJS, thanks for helping us find new teammates, and for
all the insights into wildlife news and courses. Cracking job xx
Happy birthday! Thank you for circulating countryside jobs, news,
courses & events info - all very useful!