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Countryside officer

Countryside officers manage, protect and improve the rural environment.

Potential salary
£18,000 to £50,000
Working hours
39 to 41 a week
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • active listening skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You could :

  • advise landowners on how to manage their land
  • conduct surveys, carry out research and analyse data
  • write reports and deliver presentations
  • prepare funding applications
  • deal with complaints
  • organise the upkeep of country parks and woodlands
  • make sure footpaths are clearly marked and litter bins and car parks are provided
  • advise on planning applications
  • give talks to local groups
  • produce resources like leaflets and information boards
  • support local environmental events, activities and projects

You could work in an office, in a park or in woodland.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience and further qualifications, you could become a senior countryside officer or manager and then regional manager.

You can get more details about countryside careers from the National Land Based College and Grow Careers.

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