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Countryside officer

Alternative titles for this job include Conservation officer

Countryside officers manage, protect and improve the rural environment.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter

to

£34,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays

How to become

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How to become a countryside officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • countryside or environmental management
  • ecology and geography
  • environmental science
  • biology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could do a college course to learn some of the skills and knowledge you'll need in this job.

Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment
  • Level 3 Certificate in Countryside Management
  • T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You could start by doing a countryside worker intermediate apprenticeship or a countryside ranger higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Volunteering

You might find it useful to get some work experience before you apply for a job. 

You could look for volunteering opportunities with:

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Further information

You can get more details about countryside careers from the National Land Based College and Grow Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of geography
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • advise landowners on how to manage their land
  • conduct surveys, carry out research and analyse data
  • write reports and deliver presentations
  • prepare and advise on funding and planning applications
  • give talks to community groups and support local environmental events
  • make resources like leaflets and displays to promote the countryside

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a park or in woodland.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and further qualifications, you could become a senior countryside officer or a manager.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

TCV Countryside Ranger Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £9,100.00 Annually
  • Location: Sedum House, Mallard Way, DONCASTER

Countryside Ranger Apprentice

  • Wage: £10,004.80 Annually
  • Location: Escot Park, Ottery St. Mary, Devon

Courses In England

Countryside Habitat Management (Adults Part-time)

  • Provider: ACTIVATE LEARNING
  • Start date: 16 September 2023
  • Location: Guildford

Award in Practical Countryside Skills

  • Provider: BRADFIELDS ACADEMY
  • Start date: 01 September 2023
  • Location: Chatham

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