Jobs at this level may be part of an apprenticeship or trainee scheme.

They will teach you practical and technical skills. Job titles include recycling assistant, countryside worker and laboratory assistant.

Example jobs

Estate worker
Helping to maintain and manage the environment for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Recycling assistant
Working at a recycling site, ensuring that the public recycle their waste correctly.

Woodland assistant
Helping with the inspection of trees carried out by geographic information systems (GIS).

Things you need to know

Typical working conditions

  • You are likely to be working outdoors in all weathers.
  • You will be physically active and learn practical skills.

Qualifications needed

You may not need GCSEs for these jobs, but you must have good communication skills. Some laboratory jobs will ask for English and maths GCSEs. You may find that you need IT skills for report writing and record keeping.

Career path

Once you have experience, you may be able to move up to a more senior post, such as a recycling officer or assistant ranger. If you do an apprenticeship, you will gain qualifications as well as practical experience to help you progress in your chosen career.

Useful links

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Information, training and support for the land-based and environmental sector

National Trust

Protects historic buildings, gardens, countryside, beaches and more around the UK

National Careers Service

Information about working in the environmental sector