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Countryside ranger

Countryside rangers look after areas of the countryside, like woods and National Parks.
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What does a countryside ranger do?

Your work could include:

  • planning and creating habitats to conserve plants and animals
  • tree planting, pond management and other practical tasks
  • carrying out field surveys to monitor changes in the environment
  • patrolling sites to help visitors and to discourage poaching or damage to the environment
  • giving talks and leading guided walks
  • managing exhibitions and resource centres
  • taking part in community projects
  • working with local landowners and businesses whose activities may affect the environment
  • keeping records and writing reports

You could specialise in a particular area such as habitat management, fieldwork or education, or in certain types of habitat such as waterways, coasts or moorlands.


What do I need to do to become a countryside ranger?

You normally need experience and a relevant qualification to get into this job. A good way to get experience is by volunteering with organisations such as the National Trust.

You’ll also need a college or uni qualification to go with your experience. The level depends on the employer and how much experience you have. Relevant qualifications include:

  • Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Countryside Management
  • foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree in countryside management, rural resource management or environmental studies (these are a blend of vocational and academic learning)

You may be able to start this job through an Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship.


Related skills

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork

Academic route

  • Foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree in countryside management, rural resource management or environmental studies

Vocational route

  • Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Countryside Management

Related subjects

  • Geography

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Where could I be working?

Some of your time would be spent in an office or visitor centre, but there would be a lot of active outdoor work. 

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