Getting back to nature

Countryside rangers look after areas of the countryside such as woods and National Parks. They help to conserve animals, habitats and landscapes. They also manage public access and recreation. If you love the countryside and want to help keep it at its best, this job could be ideal for you

To be a countryside ranger, you should have the ability to work as part of a team as well as alone.

You will need practical skills for using tools and equipment.

You will also need good communication skills.

As a countryside ranger, your work could include:

planning and creating habitats to conserve plants and animals

tree planting, pond management and other practical tasks

making sure that footpaths, bridleways and waterways meet health and safety recommendations

carrying out field surveys to detect changes in the environment

patrolling sites to help visitors and to discourage poaching or damage to the environment

giving talks

managing exhibitions and resource centres

leading guided walks

taking part in community projects

working with local landowners and businesses whose activities may affect the environment

keeping records and writing reports.

You could specialise in a particular area such as habitat management, fieldwork or education, or in certain types of habitat such as waterways, coasts or moorlands.

You would usually work around 37 hours a week, which may include evenings and weekends. Weekend work could increase significantly during the main visitor season. Some jobs are part-time or seasonal, significantly during the main visitor season.

You would spend some time in an office or visitor centre, but there would be a lot of active outdoor work.

In local authorities, rangers can earn from around £18,000 to over £25,000 a year. Senior Rangers can earn over £30,000 .

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