people picnicing in an urban park (image: Rob Bye on unsplash)

Greenspace is specifically urban parks and the green areas within built up areas.  Greenspace management frequently involves large elements of community involvement and can also cover bluespace the rivers and canals passing through our towns and cities and brownfields - land previously used but now is vacant or derelict. 

Like countryside management in rural areas greenspace management includes elements of conservation, recreation, ecology, environmental education, wildlife and visitor management and requires a wide range of interests and skills.

Jobs and employment

Typical jobs include Greenspace Officer, Park Ranger, Park Manager, Ranger, Site Manager, Greenspace Project Officer, Greenspace Infrastructure Adviser. The National Careers Service has role profiles for some of these (click the links).

See current vacancies advertised with CJS here for practical management type roles  and here for community involvement roles.

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

See current practical management volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here and here for community involvement type roles.


Skills, training and CPD.

There are many different skills and qualifications required to work in greenspace, traditional ranger type skills and also those required for people management.

 CRB clearance is sometimes required when projects are dealing with vulnerable members of society.

Information and in depth articles

Fields in Trust research finds 2.5 million people across Great Britain without a nearby park or green space

The growing value of England's urban woodlands, The Mersey Forest

Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces, Fields in Trust

Urban Greening, Southway Housing Trust

Valuing the benefits of urban trees for better greenspace management, Forest Research

Building for people and wildlife, The Wildlife Trusts

Much more than just a run in a park, parkrun

Scotland's Park Managers Forum, greenspace scotland

Managing an Urban National Nature Reserve - Community Involvement, Dudley MBC

The Parks Action Group, Chris Worman MBE from Rugby Borough Council

Habits for successful parks innovation, Nesta

Why charities need champions, Groundwork

Keeping Britain Tidy - volunteering and spring cleaning, Keep Britain Tidy

A Welcome in our Green Spaces, Black Environment Network

Giving communities the tools to create better places, Groundwork

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

Speed Volunteering helps busy Londoners get outside and volunteer, Team London

Green Angels create magic in Liverpool Park, The Land Trust

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

Protecting wildlife, preserving heritage, involving people, Caring for God's Acre

Wildlife Gardening -for biodiversity and people, Wildlife Gardening Forum

Do you need readily accessible evidence of the benefits of investments that improve the environment?, Natural England

Measuring tree benefits pays dividends, Treeconomics

Why Urban Trees Matter - To Everyone, The Tree Council

Capital Growth, a new campaign supporting community food growing spaces growing, Capital Growth

Five suggestions for successfully managing urban greenspace, Matt Chatfield, Naturenet 


Useful organisations

Countryside Management Association

Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

National Trust

National Trust for Scotland

Natural England

Scottish Natural Heritage

Natural Resources Wales



The Land Trust