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and training in conservation
a countryside job:
Naturenet tells you how! ...straight from the horse's mouth.
• Naturenet's list of UK countryside courses.
• So, you want to be a volunteer? Read Naturenet's advice.
• National Trust training schemes: gain what amounts to an apprenticeship in conservation and other outdoor work from the country's biggest private employer of such people.
• Countryside Jobs Service: view online or receive weekly post or web updates of current job vacancies in countryside and environmental conservation, education, interpretation and recreation throughout the British Isles. The no. 1 place for jobs at present. Free advertising for employers. Strongly recommended. If you think I'm just saying this because they used to sponsor us, I'm not. Consider this - out of the last five paid staff recruited to my Countryside Section, four came via this service - and I did too!
Follow CJS on Twitter: the latest jobs straight to your twitter account.
Become a fan of CJS on Facebook: yes, you guessed it, you can see all their jobs on Facebook too on this page.
Careers advice. Advice and some good downloads from the Institute of
Ecology and Environmental Management, including the terrifying 'What
a Graduate Should Know'.
• British Ecological Society. Careers in ecology and environmental management: very comprehensive BES publication now online.
• Countryside Jobs Link: a good list of links to job pages on the websites of UK national organisations, local government, and organistations in the voluntary sector.
• Job opportunities with the Wildlife Trusts: bang up to date (usually) adverts for certain Wildlife Trust jobs throughout UK.
• RSPB has two websites you might like to try, one for paid staff and one for volunteer vacancies.
• National Trust jobs online: Great site with lots of info. Lots of good countryside jobs here.
• Lantra pages about careers in the environment: well worth reading. Lots of info about qualifications. And their jobs list is pretty good, with an agricultural bias.
• Looking for a course? Use Hotcourses to search and apply for courses in the UK.
• ConservationJobs UK - another job site focussed on the conservation sector.
• EnvironmentJob: environment jobs website with many, many jobs across the UK environment sector, and voluntary opportunities too.
• environmentjobs: completely different to the above, see, but just as good.
•The Guardian Jobs: online jobs of all sorts from The Guardian. Formerly this was the top place for countryside jobs, but these days only a few get in there, as it's pretty darn expensive. But these few are very good. So if you see a countryside job in the Guardian, you'd better believe they're either desperate or loaded with money: good news for you either way!
• Acre Resources: recruitment agency including ecology, waste management, CSR and sustainability and contaminated land. We weren't quite sure what CSR was, either, until Naturenet reader Maggie Wild explained that it is Corporate Social Responsibility. She says "It's kinda what big companies proport to do in favour of the environment to ease their corporate conscience aka corporate citizenship. Some do it better than others, but it is a well paid environmental (ish) career."
• Earthworks: an on-line database of career opportunities for ecology and environmental workers, not so much countryside though.
• I-Resign: a site with entertaining advice about how, and when, to quit, with some examples of remarkable quitters!
• Have a look at our extremely cynical and tongue-in-cheek Countryside Worker Field Identification Guide.