Countryside Worker Apprenticeship

The Countryside Apprenticeship focuses on practical skills to assist countryside management and community environmental projects.

Course Level:
Level 2
Auction Mart
Awarding Body:
City & Guilds

Within this Apprenticeship, you will learn the skills to work with communities, organise conservation projects and understand how to restore, develop and maintain countryside or urban spaces. The Apprenticeship can be tailored to your job and the needs of the environment that you work in due to the wide range of optional modules available within it. You will need good communication skills, excellent problem-solving skills and manual dexterity. You can use this Apprenticeship as a springboard to train for senior roles such as a Senior Ranger, Ecologist, Senior Estate Worker or Environmental Management Officer.



  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • The principles of boundary management
  • The principles of access management
  • Common farming practices
  • Land management
  • Surveys
  • Countryside legislation
  • Designations
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability
  • Map reading
  • Health and safety
  • First Aid
  • Pollution


  • Manage habitats
  • Construct or repair boundaries
  • Construct or maintain access ways
  • Manage vegetation
  • Construct and /or maintain site furniture
  • Use a range of hand tools and powered tools
  • Problem-solving
  • Identify a range of British flora and fauna
  • Undertake surveys
  • Write a simple dynamic risk assessment
  • Communicate effectively



  • Enthusiasm for the countryside and environment
  • Work ethic
  • Work constructively
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Skills development
  • Communication and behaviour
  • Safety conscious

Entry Requirements

  • Employment within the industry
  • 3 GCSEs grade 9-3

Your choices may include:

  • Ranger
  • Parks Manager
  • Estate Manager
  • Woodland Manager
  • Ecologist
  • Conservation Officer

Struggling to find an employer – don’t worry!

Join our Apprenticeship Access Academy and join a full-time course until you find one. We’ll even give you the heads up when a suitable vacancy comes up. Plus, we will support you to improve your employability skills.

Want to know more? Speak to the Apprenticeship Team now on 01756 693 681 and we will do our best to get you started in your dream job.

Enrolment 19 August & 28 August
Open Evening – Skipton 13 October
17:30 - 19:30