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Gamekeepers manage habitats and wildlife in upland and lowland areas used for shooting and fishing.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 45 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become

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How to become Gamekeeper

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could take a course at an agricultural college which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you'll need to become a gamekeeper.

Courses include:

  • countryside management
  • countryside and environment
  • land and wildlife management

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could apply to do an Underkeeper Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

This takes up to 2 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You might be able to start as an assistant gamekeeper or underkeeper. You could then work your way up to become a gamekeeper, as you gain more experience and learn on the job.


It can be useful to get some volunteering experience, working in the countryside or on an estate.

You can find out about volunteering and work experience opportunities from:

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Some jobs include accommodation and work vehicle as part of the employment package.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a gamekeeper from the National Gamekeepers' Organisation and Lantra.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

You'll need a firearms or shotgun certificate for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a gamekeeper, you could:

  • organise shooting and fishing parties
  • manage staff and work and train gun dogs
  • breed birds to release on the land you manage
  • protect animals from poachers and predators
  • maintain habitats, using agricultural equipment and machinery

Working environment

You could work on a country estate or in woodland.

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

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • become a head gamekeeper
  • work self employed or as a contractor
  • move into countryside estate management

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Level 3 Countryside Management (1 Year)

  • Provider: THE SMB GROUP
  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Melton Mowbray

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Countryside Management

  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: Southwell

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