How to become an apprentice conservation officer: Jade's story

Meet Jade, 20, from Cumbria, to find out more about life as an apprentice conservation officer. Part of the Bitesize world of work series.

Being able to observe the behaviours of animals in their natural environment is incredible.

  • Jade's apprenticeship focuses on protecting the environment, helping it to thrive as much as possible
  • The apprenticeship allows her to earn money whilst learning
  • She works in many different areas and this is helping her to find what she would like to focus on in the future
  • Her favourite part so far is doing a survey of seals!

Jade's career path

When Jade finishes her apprenticeship, she will be a conservation officer. A role similar to Jade's is a countryside officer. Countryside officers manage, protect and improve the rural environment.

What to expect if you want to be a countryside officer

  • Countryside officer salary: £18,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Countryside officer working hours: 39 to 41 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a countryside officer?

  • Typical entry requirements: To do an advanced apprenticeship in environmental conservation like Jade’s, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths. Paid or unpaid work experience can be very useful when applying for jobs. Organisations like the Conservation Volunteers, the National Trust and the Wildlife Trusts offer training for volunteers.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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