Level 4 Countryside Ranger Apprenticeship Standard

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Wildlife, Ecology & Conservation CM063E05/20/1 Apprenticeship

Course Information

This apprenticeship is aimed at anyone who wishes to be a frontline representative of their organisation. Countryside Rangers are expected to display their organisation's values and behaviours, actively engage with the public and respond to customer queries in a positive manner. They will be responsible for managing and complying with health, safety and wellbeing legislation, as well as countryside legislation, organisation policies and procedures and implementing environmental good practice. They are accountable for resources such as vehicles, equipment and materials supplied to carry out their duties. They will be expected to be aware of the safety of others working alongside them or visiting the area.


  • Countryside Ranger
Course Content
  • The modern Apprenticeship Standards are based around a core set of knowledge, skills and behaviours. For the Countryside Ranger, you will need to have an understanding (knowledge) of current legislation, ecology, practical and technical land and habitat management techniques, main uses of land in the UK, the structure, content, purpose and uses of work programmes, principles of financial management, methods for managing teams, the types of UK funding streams, legislation, construction and management of assets, applications for different machinery, survey techniques and how to plan surveys, how to examine and interpret survey data, how to recruit, train, supervise, motivate and manage volunteers, communication methods, the different types of minor and major emergencies and incidents, notifiable or other pests and diseases, the differences between environmental interpretation and information, how to plan, research, design, analyse and evaluate environmental interpretation and information, performance management.

    You will also need to be able to demonstrate (skills) including assessing, prioritise, maintain and evaluate a safe working environment, comply with and ensure others comply with legal requirements, comply with environmental best practices and procedures, organise and prioritise environmental and land management work, manage a range of habitats and species, instruct others how to use tools and machinery correctly and safely, present information to the public, deal with emergencies and incidents, speak in public and engage with a wide range of audiences, make decisions based on the organisation’s principles.

    This standard has professional recognition through Countryside Management Association (CMA) and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Entry Requirements
  • Level 2 Countryside Worker apprenticeship standard is desirable.

    Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to the End Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’ English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language.

    Other qualifications that need to be achieved prior to End Point Assessment are:
    Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, which is a minimum of 1 day course.
    Award in the Safe Use of Brush Cutters and Trimmers.
Next Steps
  • You will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard or to continue working within the industry.
Career Opportunities
  • Typical job titles of roles that successful Countryside Ranger apprentices undertake include; Community Ranger, Countryside Ranger, Estate Ranger, Estate Supervisor, Park Ranger, Ranger, Recreation Ranger, Reserve or Countryside Warden.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
Throughout the Year Dependant on apprenticeship
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Dependant on apprenticeship Dependant on apprenticeship
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students. Students will also earn a full-time wage while they are working for their apprenticeship employer.

Materials Required

You will need access to a PC, a Mac, tablet or smartphone to be able to record important information regarding your apprenticeship. You will need a camera (if your phone / tablet doesn't have one).
Your employer may well provide you with PPE, but you might also want to invest in clothes suitable for working outdoors!

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