Level 2 Countryside Worker Apprenticeships

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Wildlife, Ecology & Conservation CM015E05/22/1 Apprenticeship

Course Information

This apprenticeship is aimed at anyone who wants to be involved in managing the environment, working in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Nature Reserves as well as private landed estates, country or urban parks. The apprenticeship involves developing a range of practical conservation skills, including: habitat management and surveying; construction of fences, gates and other access structures; and delivering activities to engage and inform the public. Alongside a strong practical skill base, apprentices will learn about the laws and policy relevant to working in the countryside, including sustainability reforms, and how conservation work interacts with the productive and recreational use of the countryside.


  • Countryside Worker
Course Content
  • The modern Apprenticeship Standards are based around a core set of knowledge, skills and behaviours. For the Countryside Worker, you will need to have an understanding (knowledge) of conservation, ecology, the principles of boundary and access management, common farming practices, land management, surveying, countryside legislation and designations, climate change, sustainability, pollution, health and safety and first aid.
    You will also need to be able to demonstrate (skills) including managing habitats, constructing and repairing boundaries / access points, managing vegetation, undertaking surveys and have the ability to identify a range of British flora and fauna native to the specific local area.
    You should also be able to show enthusiasm for the countryside and environment, with a positive, safe approach to working outdoors, and undertaking practical tasks in all weathers. You should work well within a team environment and be self-motivated as a lone worker and you will take responsibility for your continual personal skills development. You must be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
Entry Requirements
  • No prior experience of countryside management is required or expected, but you must be able to show an interest in looking after the environment.

    Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take level 2 tests prior to the End Point Assessment. Employers may stipulate additional eligibility requirements.
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 Worker apprentices undertake include; Estate Worker, Access Ranger, Maintenance Ranger, Site Warden, Assistant Ranger, Field Operative and Volunteer Leader.

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!

What's next?

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