Environment and land

  • Agricultural contractor

    Agricultural contractors provide specialised, seasonal or temporary services to farmers.

  • Agricultural engineer

    Agricultural engineers build, service and repair agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and equipment.

  • Agricultural engineering technician

    Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.

  • Agricultural inspector

    Agricultural inspectors make sure animal welfare and environmental standards are followed in farms and dairies.

  • Agronomist

    Crop scientist, agricultural consultant, agronomy manager

    Agronomists advise farmers on soil management and crop production.

  • Arboricultural officer

    Tree officer, forest officer

    Arboricultural officers manage and maintain trees for local councils and arboricultural contractors.

  • Archaeologist

    Archaeologists learn about the past by studying sites and excavating, classifying, recording and preserving objects.

  • Bin worker

    Refuse collector, waste operative, recycling collector, bin loader

    Bin workers remove waste and recyclables from homes and businesses for disposal or recycling.

  • Biologist

    Biologists study living things, like animals and plants.

  • Botanist

    Plant biologist, plant ecologist

    Botanists study all forms of plant life.

  • Building technician

    Building technicians support engineers, surveyors and architects on construction projects.

  • Cartographer

    Cartographers collect information about the geography of an area to design and produce maps, charts and plans.

  • Cemetery worker


    Cemetery workers prepare and maintain graves, memorial sites and gardens.

  • Chemical engineer

    Chemical engineers develop ways to turn raw materials into everyday products.

  • Climate scientist


    Climate scientists study the influences on the Earth's climate over time and how these might affect it in the future.

  • Commercial energy assessor

    Commercial energy assessors test how energy-efficient commercial buildings are and produce Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates.

  • Countryside officer

    Conservation officer

    Countryside officers manage, protect and improve the rural environment.

  • Countryside ranger

    Countryside rangers look after green spaces, woodlands and animal habitats that allow entry to the public.

  • Ecologist

    Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment.

  • Energy engineer

    Renewable energy engineer

    Energy engineers research, design and build power generation plants, and work in the oil and gas industry.

  • Environmental consultant

    Eco consultant

    Environmental consultants advise on sustainability, including waste management, recycling, flood risk and the effects of climate change.

  • Environmental health officer

    Environmental health practitioner

    Environmental health officers make sure people's surroundings are safe, healthy and hygienic.

  • Farm worker

    Farm labourer

    Farm workers raise livestock and plant and harvest crops, using agricultural machinery.

  • Farmer

    Farm manager

    Farmers and farm managers grow crops and raise livestock for food production.

  • Fence installer

    Fencer, fencing worker

    Fence installers put up and repair fences, gates and other barriers.

  • Fish farmer


    Fish farmers work in small teams to breed and rear fish and shellfish, and harvest them for market.

  • Florist

    Florists sell flowers and create bouquets for weddings, funerals, events and special occasions.

  • Food manufacturing inspector

    Food quality control inspector, food safety officer

    Food manufacturing inspectors make sure companies meet hygiene and safety standards, and that products are safe to eat.

  • Forest officer

    Forester, forest manager, woodland manager, assistant head forester

    Forest officers manage forestry workers, plan harvesting activities and monitor planted areas.

  • Forestry worker

    Forest craftsperson, lumberjack

    Forestry workers manage trees, plants and the environment in forests and woodland.

  • Gamekeeper

    Gamekeepers manage countryside areas used for shooting and fishing.

  • Garden nursery assistant

    Horticultural assistant, garden centre worker

    Garden nursery assistants grow plants in nurseries and garden centres, and advise and serve customers.

  • Gardener

    Gardeners grow plants and look after them in private and public green spaces.

  • Geoscientist


    Geoscientists study the Earth's structure and formation, and analyse rocks to explore its natural mineral and energy resources.

  • Geospatial technician

    Geographic information systems (GIS) technician

    Geospatial technicians collect data to create maps, update satellite navigation systems and plan construction projects.

  • Geotechnician

    Geotechnical lab technician

    Geotechnicians collect and analyse geological data from rock, soil and water samples.

  • Groundsperson


    A groundsperson, or greenkeeper, looks after sports grounds like golf courses and cricket, football and rugby pitches.

  • Horticultural manager

    Garden centre manager

    A horticultural manager grows plants commercially for use in parks, gardens and public spaces.

  • Horticultural therapist

    Horticultural therapists use gardening to improve their clients' health and wellbeing.

  • Horticultural worker

    Horticultural assistant, garden nursery assistant, garden centre worker

    Horticultural workers grow and sell plants in nurseries and garden centres, and tend to plants in parks and gardens.

  • Hydrologist

    Water engineer, flood engineer, hydrology engineer

    Hydrologists study the impact of rainfall, rivers and waterways on the environment. They also look at sustainable ways to use water.

  • Land surveyor

    Geographic information systems (GIS) surveyor, geomatics surveyor

    Land surveyors measure the shape of the land, and gather data for civil engineering and construction projects.

  • Landscape architect

    Landscape architects plan, design, create and manage the landscapes we live and work in.

  • Landscaper

    Landscape gardener, landscape designer

    Landscapers create and maintain gardens, parks and other outdoor and indoor areas.

  • Marine engineer

    Marine engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.

  • Meat hygiene inspector

    Official auxiliary

    Meat hygiene inspectors make sure food processing plants and slaughterhouses follow safety and hygiene standards.

  • Meteorologist

    Weather forecaster, weather scientist

    Meteorologists collect and study data from the atmosphere and oceans to make weather forecasts and carry out research.

  • Nuclear engineer

    Nuclear engineers are responsible for the safe running of nuclear power stations.

  • Oceanographer

    Oceanographers study the seas and oceans.

  • Oil and gas operations manager

    Oil and gas production manager, oil and gas exploration manager

    Oil and gas operations managers plan and co-ordinate onshore and offshore exploration and production.

  • Ornithologist

    Ecologist, Conservationist

    Ornithologists study the behaviour, ecology, classification and conservation of birds and their habitats.

  • Palaeontologist

    Palaeontologists study the history of life on Earth through fossils.

  • Pest control technician

    Pest control officer

    Pest control technicians identify and get rid of pests like rats, mice and cockroaches.

  • Quarry engineer

    Mining engineer

    Quarry engineers explore new sites, oversee extraction operations and manage sites at the end of their commercial life.

  • Recycled metals worker

    Recycled metals workers grade, sort, clean and bale scrap metal for recycling.

  • Recycling officer

    Recycling officers promote recycling in the community, and run local recycling schemes.

  • Research scientist

    Research scientists plan, lead and carry out experiments and investigations in a wide range of industries.

  • Rural surveyor

    Agricultural surveyor

    Rural surveyors value the assets of farms and estates, advise clients on legal and tax issues, and plan and develop land use.

  • Seismologist


    Seismologists study shock waves created by earthquakes and volcanic activity. They also work in oil, gas and minerals exploration.

  • Thermal insulation engineer

    Pipework lagger, thermal insulation installer

    Thermal insulation engineers install insulating materials around pipes, boilers and ductwork in factories and buildings.

  • Tractor driver

    Agricultural machinery operator, combine harvester driver, crop sprayer

    Tractor drivers operate farm machinery used to plough fields, plant seeds, and spray and harvest crops.

  • Tree surgeon

    Tree climber, arborist

    Tree surgeons carry out tree work including planting, felling, care and maintenance, and hazard assessments.

  • Water network operative

    Distribution technician, leakage operative, network service technician

    Water network operatives look after the pipes, mains and pumping stations that supply homes, businesses and industry with water.

  • Water treatment worker

    Water quality technician, water treatment operator

    Water quality technicians treat and process clean water and waste water.

  • Wind turbine technician

    Renewable energy technician

    Wind turbine technicians maintain and repair wind farm turbines on land and at sea.

  • Zoologist

    Zoologists study animals and their behaviour.