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
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
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
Conservation & Neurodivergent Me, opinion piece from Alister Harman
CSH Nature Recovery Rangers at the NHS, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
A Day as a Ranger, Paul McNeill at South Somerset District Council
Countryside Rangers in Scotland – Youth are the Future, Luke Taylor
National Trust launches new countryside apprenticeships
Teaching Fish to Swim!, Debs Carter
The resurgence of traditional countryside management methods, reasons and benefits, SRUC
The perfect Countryside Ranger applicant - is there one? SCRA
Get clarity, save nature and boost your career with The RSPB
Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge
Lots more here.
Countryside Management Association
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association
National Trust for Scotland
Scottish Natural Heritage
Natural Resources Wales