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Job Description

A Gamekeeper will rear pheasants, partridges and other game in readiness for the shooting season. They will also be involved with looking after the woods, hedgerows and fields in which the birds and animals live which is a crucial part of the job and helps to conserve the British countryside.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements, but employers may ask for experience of working outdoors and knowledge of the countryside.

You’ll usually start as an assistant or under-keeper.

Paid or unpaid work experience as part of a beating team, or in related work like forestry or farming, will be useful.  

An environmental or countryside management course may also be helpful.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need a driving licence for most jobs, and a firearms certificate or shotgun certificate for some jobs.

The Conservation VolunteersNational TrustWildlife Trusts and National Parks have more information on volunteering and becoming a gamekeeper.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could progress to head keeper. 

You could also become self-employed by renting the shooting rights to land, or work as a contractor.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Countryside ranger
  • Farmer
  • Farm worker
  • Fish farmer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need to have a genuine interest in the countryside and conserving the woodlands, hedgerows and fields where the birds and animals live
  • You will also need to be well organised and be able to communicate effectively at all levels

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £20,000

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