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Countryside management covers all land management including urban parks and greenspace as well as rural estate workers, but is usually thought of as rangering. Including elements of conservation, access, recreation, ecology, environmental education, wildlife and visitor management working in countryside management requires a wide range of interests and skills.

 

Jobs and employment

Typical jobs include Ranger, Countryside Officer, Reserves Officer, Site Manager, Countryside Worker, Estate Manager, the National Careers Service has role profiles of all of these and many more (click the links).

The National Trust stories blog has case studies and stories about Countryside Management at the Trust, read them here.

See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.

 

To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a good start.

See current volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.

  

Skills, training and CPD.

There are many different skills and qualifications required to work in countryside management from practical land management techniques to running a social media stream and managing volunteers.

Practical skills frequently requested include:

Other skills often required include: 

 

For Countryside conservation a qualification in countryside management is usually a prerequisite.

 

Information and in depth articles

Volunteer Management - the Essentials, Volunteer Scotland

Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge Laying Group

‘Cairngorms – A National Park for All’, Cairngorms National Park Authority

You think your site would benefit from a “Friends of” group but don’t know where to start?, CJS with thanks from Leeds City Council

Rural skills -their importance and how we can preserve them, Cotswolds AONB

Dry Stone Walling: A Living Craft for the Present Day, Dry Stone Walling Association

Next generation of Countryside Custodians, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Embrace the Dark Side; How to Plan & Resource an Environmental Project, Wildlife Trusts Staffordshire and South & West Wales

Coppicing - realising the potential of our woodlands, National Coppice Federation

Grassroots Challenge: creating a bright young force for nature, Our Bright Future

A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Hedgelaying, National Hedge Laying Society

The use of social media in the conservation sector, Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Championing Apprenticeships, North York Moors National Park Authority

Volunteer Driven Success at Rutland Water, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Helping secure a brighter future for people living and working in the countryside, The Princes Countryside Fund 

Volunteering in the Outdoors with the National Trust

Grow your own through volunteering - the RSPB approach

Countryside Ranger Training - The Next Generation, North Ayrshire Council

Conservation Volunteering; from Pastime to Pay Packet, the National Trust for Scotland

Valued but set to decline - what's happening to our public parks?, Heritage Lottery Fund

The UK's new parks innovators, Rethinking Parks

The development of a city park - from brown to green, Birmingham City Council

Volunteering: developing relationships on Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park

Fixing the fells - an all-weather task, Fix the Fells

Lots more here. 

 

Useful organisations

Countryside Management Association

Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

National Trust

National Trust for Scotland

Natural England

Scottish Natural Heritage

Natural Resources Wales

 

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