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Countryside ranger Green Job

Countryside rangers look after green spaces, woodlands and animal habitats that are open to the public.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £28,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 44 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays;

2.8%
Future employment

There will be 2.8% more Countryside ranger jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

You could:

  • plan and create habitats to protect plants, trees, animals and birds
  • lead guided walks, exhibition talks and educational visits
  • inspect sites, monitor wildlife and report findings
  • supervise assistant rangers and volunteers in daily tasks
  • encourage community involvement in conservation projects
  • operate machinery and equipment, and use hand and power tools

Green job

As a countryside ranger, you can work on tree planting schemes to help reduce the effects of flooding. This can have a positive impact on the environment.

Find out more about green careers

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in woodland or in a park.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
University

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree before applying for a ranger job.

Relevant courses include:

  • environmental studies
  • rural resource management
  • countryside management
  • conservation

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 may be able to get into this job after doing a course at an agricultural or land based college.

Courses include:

  • environmental studies and conservation
  • countryside management
  • T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production

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
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level
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Apprenticeship

You could do an apprenticeship, for example:

  • Countryside Worker Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Forest Craftsperson Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Countryside Ranger Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

These take between 1 and 2 and a half years to complete.

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 and work experience

You could get useful experience by volunteering through:

This may give you an advantage when looking for work.

Direct application

You could apply for a position as an assistant ranger in a national park or with an organisation like the National Trust. Once working, you may be offered the opportunity to do further training to become a ranger.

You'll be expected to have some paid or voluntary experience of working in the countryside or conservation, and a love of working outdoors.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • A driving licence may be required for some jobs.

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Career tips

A first aid qualification may help when applying for jobs.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Countryside Management Association for professional development training and to build up your contacts.

Further information

You can get more details about working in the countryside from the National Trust.

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With experience, you could:become a head ranger, countryside officer or estate manager; move into more specialised work like forestry, coastal management or wildlife conservation

How does this job help to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife and nature in the West of England?

Countryside Rangers are needed specifically to help protect and enhance the natural environment of the West of England, including key priority habitats such as woodland, wetland and grasslands. 

There are several different routes you can take to get into working as an Countryside Ranger which you can explore further in the 'Routes into this job' section above. 

Click here for an explanation of the different course and apprenticeship levels.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at local schools or colleges

  • Biology, Geography or Environmental Science A-levels
  • Level 2-3 Countryside Management at Bridgwater and Taunton College

Click here to find a local provider

Examples of apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 2 Countryside Worker
  • Level 4 Countryside Ranger

Click here to search for a local apprenticeship

Examples of post-18 courses you could study at local higher education providers

Click here to search for other university courses

Examples of employers with local job opportunities 

  • The National Trust
  • Woodland Trust

For more local employment opportunities as an countryside ranger see in the 'Live job vacancies by region' section above.

Volunteering is a great way to get experience in countryside management and may improve your chances of finding paid work. You can also build up contacts, which will be useful when looking for jobs. You can find local volunteering opportunities with: The National Trust and Avon Wildlife Trust.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of geography
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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