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
A Day as a Ranger, Paul McNeill at South Somerset District Council
Countryside Rangers in Scotland – Youth are the Future, Luke Taylor
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
A day in the life of a Countryside Ranger, Cheshire East Council
Changing nature of fly-tipping, CLA
Designated Sites - A Site Managers Perspective, Cornwall Wildlife
The resurgence of traditional countryside management methods, reasons and benefits, SRUC
The perfect Countryside Ranger applicant - is there one? SCRA
Applicant vs employer - the difference of opinion
How did you get into that? Questions Rangers get asked, National
Managing an Urban National Nature Reserve - Community Involvement,
Rangers helping Rangers - Is the answer in our hands?, Scottish
Countryside Rangers Association
Volunteering at Dean Castle Country Park - something for everyone,
Dean Castle Country Park
Get clarity, save nature and boost your career with The RSPB
Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge
A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Championing Apprenticeships, North York Moors National Park
Volunteering: developing relationships on Dartmoor, Dartmoor National Park
Fixing the fells - an all-weather task,
Fix the Fells
Lots more here.
Countryside Management Association
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association
National Trust for Scotland
Scottish Natural Heritage
Natural Resources Wales