If working with wildlife within the conservation and ecology sector is an attractive option for you, then some of the career options our courses lead to include:
Requiring a good knowledge of environmental processes, a Education Officer will try and inspire people, raise awareness of conservation and ecological issues and seek to get community groups, schools and colleges involved in the countryside. It can involve giving presentations, producing materials for use in schools and education centres, managing budgets and supervising staff and volunteers.
Responsible for making sure that habitats for wildlife exist, as well as public access is safe, countryside rangers typically work in either local authorities, the National Trust or for the Forestry Commission. The role is very practical and may involve the organisation of events, working with school groups on educational activities, development of business plans and managing visitor centres.
Working for local authorities or planning companies, an ecological consultant will be responsible for surveying a range of species and habitats and developing management plans.
Assistant/ Under Keeper
Working with the Game Keeper, the role involves the rearing of young birds and making sure that the game is safe from all forms of predator as well as repairing structures such as buildings and release pens. Under Keepers may be involved in the organisation of the shoot and the management of a team of beaters, as well as the general management of the woodland or grasslands.
Helping to maintain and manage the environment for public access and recreational use, this role typically involves the maintenance of the site ‘furniture’ (such as stiles and bridges, as well as boundaries) and the control of vegetation, animals and aquatic life that may exist in the area. The work is varied and very practical.