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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)

£20,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays

How to become a countryside officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You could complete 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, which will teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment
  • Level 3 Certificate in Countryside Management

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

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Apprenticeship

The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • Level 2 Countryside worker
  • Level 4 Countryside ranger

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

Paid or unpaid work experience can be very useful when applying for jobs.

Organisations like The Conservation Volunteers, the National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts offer training for volunteers.

You can search for related jobs and volunteering opportunities at Countryside Jobs Service

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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

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • business management skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could :

  • advise landowners on how to manage their land
  • conduct surveys, carry out research and analyse data
  • write reports and deliver presentations
  • prepare funding applications
  • deal with complaints
  • organise the upkeep of country parks and woodlands
  • advise on planning applications
  • give talks to local groups
  • produce resources like leaflets and display boards to promote countryside benefits
  • support local environmental events, activities and projects

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

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

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Northern Nature Reserve Officer

  • Wage: £174.00 - £328.40 Weekly
  • Location: Carlisle

National Trust Assistant Ranger Apprenticeship, Level 2 Countryside Worker

  • Wage: £163.13 - £307.88 Weekly
  • Location: Ripon

Courses In England

Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management Advanced Diploma (Level 3)

  • Provider: CAPEL MANOR COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Enfield

Diploma Level 2 Countryside Management

  • Provider: MOULTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Northampton

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