Rural Surveyor/Land Agent/Estate Agent/Agricultural Consultant/Land Management/Rural Business Management
A qualification in countryside management or conservation is advisable. But there are also apprenticeships available. Volunteer work with a conservation charity or similar also demonstrates a genuine interest in the work. You could work your way up from an assistant to a ranger. You will need to be physically fit. A driving license is usually required.
- Team work
- Ability to use tools and equipment
- Practical skills
- Using machinery
- Planting trees
- Tidying undergrowth
- Repairing pathways
- Using machinery, i.e. chainsaws
- Guiding and leading groups of people, possibly on educational visits
- Working with the public
- Balancing the needs of conservation with public access
- Promoting use of the land
- Keeping records, planning and monitoring the biodiversity.
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
Outdoors most of the time in all weathers. You will also have an office for admin work. You may be working on your own or in a team.
You may become a head ranger or warden of a significant piece of public land. You could specialise in forestry, coastal management or wildlife conservation.