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