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Conservation Officer Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Conservation Officer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Conservation Officer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Conservation Officer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Countryside or conservation officers are involved in the practical management of the countryside. The work is varied, and may include some of the following tasks:

  • planning and restoring natural habitats, involving practical work like pond cleaning and plant propagation
  • conducting environmental impact assessments and field surveys
  • enforcing regulations for the protection of the countryside
  • canvassing local opinion and attending public enquiries into any changes which might affect the environment
  • giving presentations and running training courses for volunteers and the public
  • organising exhibitions and writing press releases and other publications such as information leaflets
  • managing other staff and volunteers.

Hours and Environment

Countryside or conservation officers work 37.5 hours a week, which may involve nights and weekends. Part-time work and seasonal work are common.

Much of the work is done outside, but there is also office-based work involved, in analysing data and in work on education and information programmes in centres.

Skills and Interests

To work as a countryside or conservation officer you should:

  • be interested in the countryside and conservation issues
  • have a methodical approach, with well-developed research and investigative skills
  • be able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team
  • be capable of making technical and scientific issues clear to a variety of people
  • have tact and diplomacy, and a firm approach to enforcing regulations
  • have good computer skills and numerical ability for analysing data
  • understand the work of volunteers and voluntary organisations
  • have a practical aptitude for using hand tools and other equipment.


To work as a countryside or conservation officer you normally need a degree or higher national diploma. Competition is fierce; those with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree may have an advantage. Many organisations expect entrants to have done related voluntary work.

Relevant BSc degrees include rural resource management, countryside management, rural environmental management, conservation and environment or environmental studies. Other appropriate degree subjects include life sciences, ecology, environmental science, geography or geology. Entry requirements for degree courses are at least five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two A levels/three H grades, or equivalent qualifications such as a vocational A level/GSVQ Level III.

Related higher national diploma subjects include environmental science, countryside recreation, conservation management, rural resources management and leisure management. Check with individual colleges for entry requirements - many seek evidence of practical work or interests in the subject.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

In some jobs you may be able to start at a lower level; NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 in Environmental Conservation, or a vocational A level in Land and Environment may be acceptable for entry.


Most of the training takes place on the job and with training organisations and consultancies, and includes staff and volunteer management skills, presentation skills and dealing with the press.

Some employers offer technical training leading to vocational qualifications.


Most work is with national agencies, local government, voluntary organisations and environmental consultancies. There may also be some vacancies in the media and public relations.

Senior positions demand a higher degree in a biological, environmental or land-based subject. There is a clear career path in local or national government, leading to supervisory and management posts, and sometimes senior specialist posts. Promotion prospects in other organisations are often limited and you may need to move to gain more experience.

There are opportunities to work overseas for national government and conservation organisations. Some move into lecturing, teaching or journalism.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Starting income is likely to be around £13,000 a year.
Experienced officers may earn over £30,000.

Further information

The Countryside Agency
John Dower House
Crescent Place
GL50 3RA
Tel: 01242 521381

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
36 St Marys Street
OX10 0EU
Tel: 01491 821600

Lantra *
National Agricultural Centre
Tel: 0845 707 8007

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Conservation Officer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Conservation Officer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Conservation Officer Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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