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.
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.
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.
“Do you have any questions?” - why we should all be vetting potential employers, By Hanna Rennie, Conservation Officer/Countryside Ranger
Every Day is a School Day, Debs Carter
“Are you having a laugh?” An opinion piece by Matt Harris
Conservation & Neurodivergent Me, opinion piece from Alister Harman
Countryside Apprenticeships, Bridgwater & Taunton College
CSH Nature Recovery Rangers at the NHS, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
Find out what it’s like being a Countryside Ranger in the Ask The Ranger Live event, South Downs National Park Authority
Looking for a way to upskill or progress in your career or train new or upskill your employees? Then the new Level 4 Countryside Ranger Apprenticeship could be for you!
Inspiring the Conservation Workforce of the Future, TCV
Connecting People & Place, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
The resurgence of traditional countryside management methods, reasons and benefits, SRUC
Conservation - an accessible industry?, BCP Council
The perfect Countryside Ranger applicant - is there one? SCRA
Why a hands-on approach to training could benefit your career, Lantra
Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge
Countryside Management Association
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association