A Countryside Ranger works in areas used by the public to provide a safe and educational visit, they will plant and create habitats where wildlife will live and flourish to help attract new species, they will patrol the area they are responsible for to reduce crime, protect the wildlife and the public. They may create information boards to enable members of the public to understand the plants and wildlife in that particular area.
You'll usually need a qualification in countryside or conservation management and work experience. You could get experience by volunteering with organisations like National Parks or conservation charities.
You’ll need to meet the physical demands of the job and may have to pass a medical.
A first aid qualification may help when applying for jobs.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship. You could also work your way up from assistant or seasonal ranger.
You may need a criminal records check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Career Path and Progression
You could join a professional body like the Countryside Management Association, which may improve your career prospects.
With experience, you could become a senior, district or head ranger or warden. You could also become a countryside officer.
Another option is to move into more specialised work like forestry or coastal area management, or wildlife conservation.
- You will need to be passionate about the countryside, its wildlife and conservation
- Have good interpersonal skills
- Ne able to communicate with members of the public effectively
- Good IT and admin skills.
£16,000 to £18,000