How to become a gamekeeper
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could start by doing a college course like:
- Level 2 Certificate in Countryside and Environment
- Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management
You can find colleges offering relevant courses through the National Gamekeepers' Organisation Educational Trust.
You may 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
You could get into this role through an intermediate underkeeper apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You may be able to start as an assistant or underkeeper. With further training and experience you could work your way up to become a gamekeeper.
Employers value experience of working outdoors and knowledge of the countryside. Practical skills like carpentry would also be useful.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the National Gamekeepers' Organisation for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can get more details about becoming a gamekeeper through the National Gamekeepers' Organisation.