Reference Quantity: ST0408

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Occupational Profile:

Countryside Staff are the custodians of our rural out of doors surroundings. They preserve the setting that makes the English countryside each distinctive and particular. They handle our protected landscapes – Nationwide Parks, Areas of Excellent Pure Magnificence (AONB), Nationwide Nature Reserves in addition to non-public landed estates, nation and, to a level, city parks.  These cowl big quantities of our nation, for instance 25% of England is roofed by Nationwide Parks and AONBs whereas Nationwide Nature Reserves cowl a further 60,000 hectares throughout 143 separate websites.  Wildlife Trusts and Rivers Trusts additionally make use of Countryside Staff of their environmental and conservation work.

Typical job titles of roles that profitable Countryside Employee apprentices undertake embrace;  Property Employee, Entry Ranger, Upkeep Ranger, Web site Warden, Assistant Ranger, Area Operative and Volunteer Chief

Countryside Staff perform particular environmental and conservation duties and they’re going to even be clear about how sensible conservation work interacts with the productive and leisure use of the countryside, together with allied farming (livestock and crop manufacturing) and sporting actions (mostly fishing and capturing) and the way these relate to countryside administration practices. For instance, a Countryside Employee would know that work on paths on upland farms ought to keep away from lambing season and that work on grouse habitat needs to be finished within the winter.

Countryside Staff can be ready and prepared to do difficult work outdoor, in quite a lot of areas, which can be distant, together with moorland, heathland, woodland and coast, work together with the general public and clarify their work in addition to endeavor their position all 12 months spherical in quite a lot of weathers, each on their very own and as a part of a workforce.  Their daily work will embrace:

  • Constructing and repairing quite a lot of area boundaries together with fences, partitions and hedging. The kind and methods used will depend upon using the boundary, for instance, controlling livestock to sustaining geographical location particular panorama options akin to stone partitions and hedging.
  • Sustaining public rights of method for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The kind of floor and related gates, stiles and bridges various relying on the use, terrain and panorama.
  • Bettering habitats and woodland to get them in good situation through the use of quite a lot of acceptable methods, together with pruning, felling or planting so native wildlife (crops and animals) can thrive. This varies relying upon the native space. For instance, within the North York Moors native wildlife consists of freshwater salmon, golden plover, merlin, hen harrier, turtle dove and freshwater pearl mussels whereas native crops embrace oaks, ash and all kinds of cornfield flowers. Countryside Staff management invasive species, akin to Himalayan Balsam, and use the suitable approach for every species – this might be chopping again, pulling out, spraying or injecting with pesticide.
  • Surveying/monitoring habitats and wildlife to grasp species numbers and relate this to related habitat administration practices. For instance, monitoring of the numbers of merlin (native hen of prey) has resulted in areas of moorland being left unburned (burning is a typical administration approach to encourage new heather development) and the institution of single timber inspired as these are engaging to Merlin in a moorland panorama.

 Data – Countryside Staff can have an understanding of;

  • Conservation; how habitats and vegetation are managed to advertise conservation. The several types of administration used and which is suitable relying on the placement, for instance, woodland/wetland/hedgerow administration.
  • Ecology; the ideas behind how our wildlife (each native and non-native) dwell and survive and the way this data is used virtually when finishing up habitat administration work successfully.
  • The ideas of boundary administration; how the several types of boundaries (hedges, fences, partitions) relate to their location and utilization; how their administration varies relying on the realm and their operate.
  • The ideas of entry administration; the authorized standing of a Proper of Means and Open Entry to the Countryside laws. The several types of surfaces (combination, paving, woodchip, pitching) and furnishings/constructions (akin to gates, bridges, boardwalks, benches, bins) and their suitability for various areas and utilization akin to multi person entry paths.
  • Frequent farming practices; sensible conservation work and farming assist one another. A data of the farming calendar, for instance, lambing and harvest impacts each the timing and the character of conservation work that’s carried out.
  • Land administration; how conservation work enhances/interacts with different land administration makes use of akin to recreation, recreation preserving, tourism and property administration.
  • Surveys; the widespread methods which can be utilized to hold out a spread of surveys to assist decide the character of labor on habitat or entry administration in a selected location.
  • Countryside laws; the main items of laws that govern using the countryside, such because the Wildlife and Countryside Act, Environmental Safety Act and the Countryside Rights of Means Act.
  • Designations; conservation designations within the UK, for instance, Nationwide Nature Reserves, Nationwide Parks, Websites of Particular Scientific Curiosity and Areas of Excellent Pure Magnificence.
  • Local weather change; the best way elevated rainfall and better temperatures impression upon the countryside, conservation practices, habitats, flora, fauna and water ranges and the way we are able to go about managing these adjustments at native/nationwide degree.
  • Sustainability; understanding environmental finest apply and the significance of utilizing merchandise from the native space or from sustainable sources akin to wooden from Forest Stewardship Council woodlands
  • Map studying; navigating within the countryside utilizing a map and compass in areas the place satellite tv for pc navigation is unreliable.
  • Well being and security; understanding clearly the dangers inherent in finishing up duties akin to constructing a fence, surfacing a footpath and chopping again vegetation. This needs to be complemented by figuring out how you can write danger assessments, perform guide dealing with safely and when private protecting gear needs to be worn. Equally as essential is recognising the potential dangers to the general public and figuring out how you can mitigate these.
  • First Assist; sensible first support methods to be used in out of doors conditions.
  • Air pollution; the environmental impression of conservation work, for instance, using automobiles, gas for equipment, coping with waste supplies and how you can enhance working practices to profit the setting.

Abilities – Countryside Staff will have the ability to;

  • Handle habitats utilizing a spread of specialist methods akin to coppicing, hedge laying, river/stream financial institution stabilisation and establishing native crops, utilizing acceptable instruments and gear. This might additionally embrace new and creating sustainable practices akin to utilizing pure supplies to handle extreme rainfall (in setting up leaky dams and bale dams) and subsequently handle erosion and flood harm.
  • Assemble or restore boundaries together with totally different fencing varieties (akin to put up and rail, inventory fencing), hedging (establishing a brand new hedge or laying an present hedge) and dry stone walling relying on the geographic location/panorama and native pure supplies.
  • Assemble or preserve entry methods, for instance a path floor utilizing combination, stone pitching, slabs, bark, concrete or tarmac. It will embrace the abilities to make sure that the trail floor drains correctly.
  • Handle vegetation in a spread of various conditions, for instance strimming pathways, utilizing pesticides, managing timber and hedgerows, eradicating invasive species with the intention to preserve native wildlife.
  • Assemble and /or preserve website furnishings for entry and interpretation. For instance, bridges, gates, stiles, boardwalks, indicators/waymarks or info boards utilizing sustainable supplies the place doable. It will contain each following customary strategies and in addition endeavor website particular design. For instance, putting in a gate on a sloping area will contain modifying the usual methodology, whereas each river or stream crossing whereas require a unique design.
  • Use a spread of hand instruments and powered instruments safely akin to hammers, panel saws, ranges, drills, strimmers or chainsaws, maintain the related certification for powered gear and undertake the routine upkeep of the instruments used.
  • Drawback fixing; be resourceful to find options to issues that will come up in daily work and know when to ask a supervisor for recommendation.
  • Determine a spread of British wildlife native to the particular native space e.g. generally seen birds, mammals, bugs, herbs, flowers, timber or fungi to find out the suitable habitat administration wanted.
  • Undertake surveys which feed in to website administration plans and work plans, for instance, survey habitats and species, numbers of holiday makers, the situation of Rights of Means or constructions/furnishings.
  • Write a easy dynamic danger evaluation and have the ability to apply it to website. Use the chance evaluation as the idea of working safely; understanding the hazards on the positioning and concerned within the big selection of sensible duties undertaken by Countryside Staff. Know how you can scale back these dangers to an appropriate degree for themselves, the general public and colleagues by way of utilizing protected working practices and sporting private protecting gear.
  • Talk successfully in a spread of conditions e.g. by way of nose to nose interplay, digital communication, telephoning or presenting to members of the general public, contractors, colleagues or landowners.

Behaviours – Countryside Staff may be anticipated to have the next behaviours;

  • Enthusiasm for the countryside and setting; a optimistic method to working outdoor, and endeavor sensible duties in all weathers;
  • Work ethic; reliability and punctuality, dedication, diligence and a satisfaction in doing a job properly;

  • Work constructively; each inside a workforce setting and be self-motivated as a lone employee; be snug working each with different paid colleagues in addition to unpaid volunteers;

  • Flexibility and adaptableness; to working areas, hours and necessities, together with adjustments in climate circumstances, conditions and dealing setting;
  • Abilities growth; duty for continuous private expertise growth;
  • Communication and behavior; acceptable behaviour with a variety of individuals together with colleagues, landowners, contractors and different professionals and the general public;

  • Security aware; selling protected working practices for themselves and others.


Typical period for this apprenticeship is 12-18 months with a minimal time period of 12 months.

Core {Qualifications}

Apprentices with out Stage 1 English and Maths might want to obtain this degree and take degree 2 exams previous to the tip level evaluation. For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion, the apprenticeship’ English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3. British Signal Language qualification is an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for these whom that is their main language.  


Stage 2.  The data aligns to a degree 2 qualification in Environmental Conservation.

Overview Date 

After 3 years

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