Conservation is a broad all encompassing term, however countryside
and nature both sit well with conservation and conservation is often an
integral part of many jobs within the countryside sector.
Countryside conservation is ensuring that the landscape, ecosystem
and habitats are in a good condition and managed sympathetically.
Wildlife conservation looks more specifically at protecting and
promoting good management for healthy populations of animals, from small
oil beetles to large furry Scottish wildcats.
Nature conservation is a combination of both countryside and wildlife
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include
Countryside Officer, Reserves Officer, Wildlife and Conservation
Officer, Nature Conservation Worker, Conservation and Policy Officer,
Conservation Advisory Officer. Many ecology roles are conservation based
either in practical terms or advice and policy provision.
See current countryside conservation vacancies advertised with CJS here.
See current wildlife conservation vacancies advertised with CJS here.
See current nature conservation (ecology) vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current countryside conservation volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
See current wildlife conservation volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
See current nature conservation (ecology) volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Skills, training and CPD.
There are many different skills and qualifications required for
conservation work ranging from practical land management to publicity
and promotion ensuring the project aims are heard.
Practical skills frequently requested include:
For wildlife posts specific training for the species involved these
Office and admin skills often required include:
For Countryside conservation a qualification in
countryside management is usually a prerequisite.
For Wildlife conservation a
zoology based qualification is usually
ecology qualification covers both aspects.
Information and in depth articles
Some things change, some stay the same – reflections on the countryside profession in 2019, Ted Talbot
Conservation Grazing – the right animal in the right place at the right density,
Rare Breeds Survival Trust
The Green Halo - Where nature, people and business flourish, New
Forest National Park Authority
Fit for the Future, Rewilding Britain
Designated Sites - A Site Managers Perspective, Cornwall Wildlife
The resurgence of traditional countryside management methods, reasons and benefits, SRUC
National Bat Monitoring Programme – a volunteer based project,
Bat Conservation Trust
Rural skills -their importance and how we can preserve them,
Dry Stone Walling: A Living Craft for the Present Day, Dry
Stone Walling Association
Next generation of Countryside Custodians, Yorkshire Dales
Coppicing - realising the potential of our woodlands, National
A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Hedge Laying Society
Working and volunteering in amphibian research, British
Working for Conservation, Martin Harper, Conservation Director for
Conservation Volunteering; from Pastime to Pay Packet, the
National Trust for Scotland
Protecting wildlife, preserving heritage, involving people, Caring
for God's Acre
Countryside Management Association
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association
National Trust for Scotland
Scottish Natural Heritage
Natural Resources Wales
The Wildlife Trusts
British Trust for Ornithology
List of generally useful organisations from across the whole sector.