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Gamekeepers manage countryside areas used for shooting and fishing.

Potential salary
£14,000 to £20,000
Working hours
41 to 43 variable
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • customer service skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of biology
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • planning and organising shoots and fishing parties
  • hiring and supervising staff like beaters, to flush out birds during shoots
  • keeping records of what’s shot or caught and arranging the sale of game
  • training and working with gun dogs breeding game birds for release
  • protecting game from poachers and predators
  • repairing equipment, buildings and game pens and cleaning guns
  • clearing woodland and burning heather
  • working with the police to deal with crimes like badger digging and hare coursing

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a park, in woodland or in a workshop.

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

With experience, you could progress to head keeper.

You could also become self-employed by renting the shooting rights to land, or working as a contractor.

You can get more details about becoming a gamekeeper through the National Gamekeepers' Organisation.

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