Countryside management

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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

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 Laying Group

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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