Working in conservation and environment with A levels (or similar)

In order to work at this level, you will need specialist training. This is likely to involve technical or scientific skills, which you could learn as you are working.

You might learn to use special equipment to help with environmental monitoring or you might need people skills to deal with the public. Volunteering with a conservation project will help you meet people with similar interests and find out about the career. Short courses in topics such as dry stone walling, species identification and surveying can help increase your chances of promotion.

Example jobs

Environmental monitoring technician
Monitoring the environment to assess environmental impact.

Waste management officer
Organising waste disposal, collection and recycling facilities.

Assistant ranger
Assisting a ranger to help the public enjoy the countryside in national parks, National Trust properties, etc.

Approximate pay levels

Figures supplied as a guide only

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Typical working conditions

  • Most jobs will involve being outdoors some of the time but will also involve office and/or laboratory work.
  • You might work unsociable hours.

Qualifications needed

You will need at least four GCSEs or equivalent, which should include maths, English and sciences. IT and good personal skills will also be required.

Career path

You could progress to a senior post such as senior ranger, environmental monitoring manager, recycling manager, conservation manager or property manager. You may need to get further qualifications in order to progress.

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