- 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.Data from National Careers Service.