Recreation Ranger
Forestry Commission Scotland


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Lucy H is a Recreation Ranger with the Forestry Commission. She says "Getting to see these sort of night-time creatures, these badgers, just in their natural habitat... creating a similar experience for some of the schoolchildren that come out to the forest, then - well, you know, that's just great".

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There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
81%  male  19%  female 
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male

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Conservation 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.


Entrants 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.
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Lucy H

Lucy H I'm a Recreation Ranger for the Forestry Commission, and I basically look after the people that come to the forest. So I look after the events programme, develop and deliver the events programme for the Forest Park. I run nature-based activities with schoolchildren, which is great fun, and I also look after the sort of the marketing for those events, for the Forest Park. I don't chase people out of the forest, quite the opposite - encourage people to use the fantastic resources that we have within the forest. We've got some great walkers' trails, some great mountain-biking trails, and it's really to get people into the forest, and to enjoy what's on their doorstep. When I left school back in 1995 I wanted to be a PE teacher, and so that's what I left school to do - go to college to study towards that as a career. My experience at college wasn't - wasn't great, and so after the first year I left - left college to take up full-time employment at a visitor attraction near to where I grew up. And the jobs that I've done since then all follow a kind of a similar theme. They all involve people, I love working with people, and mostly in a learning context as well. A friend had noticed an advert for an Education Ranger in a countryside visitor attraction in the Midlands, and I was encouraged to apply for it. The job was leading school groups, talking to visitors, running nature-based activities, and it was fab, and I guess I'd say that really my career started - started at that point in 2001. Since then I've worked for the National Trust for Scotland as a Seasonal Ranger, and as a Community Ranger for a National scenic area and so - as the last job contract was due to come to a close, I noticed the Recreational Ranger post for the Forestry Commission that came up. And I applied for that, and was over the moon when I got the job. If you're thinking about having a career as a Ranger, do some voluntary work with a local conservation either charity or organisation, where they run lots of volunteer days. Some organisations have volunteer groups that go out regularly to do practical habitat management, wildlife recording - very hands-on, practical tasks. Give it a try, it's purely voluntary, but it does really give you an insight into - into that as a career, and it really would tell you whether that's something that you'd be interested in pursuing. I've - I've always really, really loved wildlife, it's always been something that's - that's been there, and one of my fondest memories as a child - and I can just picture it now, was watching badgers in a hide at a study centre when I was eleven. And just coming away from that having had that experience - being out in the dark for starters, just you know something you don't get to do very often, growing up in the city. Getting to see these sort of night-time creatures, these badgers, just in their natural habitat. And I came away from that with - with some really great memories. And I think if I can create a similar experience for some of the schoolchildren that come out to the forest, then - well, you know, that's just great. ENDS  

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