Stuart C is Countryside Manager of a National Trust estate. He loved the countryside ever since he was a boy, when he spent his holidays on the farm where his grandad worked. He tried office work and was an electrician for a while, but following a redundancy he got a job managing volunteers for the National Trust. He's stayed on the estate ever since.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionConservation and environmental associate professionals are responsible for the day-to-day running and management of areas of the countryside and the wider environment in a way that reconciles the interests of conservation, land owners and the public. They carry out practical conservation activities and assist in promoting awareness of the natural environment.
QualificationsEntrants typically possess a relevant BTEC/SQA award or similar qualification and have prior related experience, often as a volunteer. Apprenticeships and NVQs/SVQs in relevant subjects at Levels 2 and 3 are available.
- Assists with ecological surveys to identify plant and animal species, map their habitat and draw up conservation plans;
- Implements schemes for the management and protection of natural habitats;
- Assists with environmental audits and impact assessments;
- Organises and supervises conservation projects and the work of part-time and voluntary staff;
- Provides information and education to the public through setting up displays, writing leaflets and making presentations;
- Organises guided walks and answers questions from the public about an area and its wildlife;
- Works with the emergency services in instances of fire, flood, injury or mountain rescue.