Conservation and environmental associate professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2015

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Conservation and environmental associate professionals are responsible for the day-to-day running and management of areas of the countryside and the wider environment in a way that reconciles the interests of conservation, land owners and the public. They carry out practical conservation activities and assist in promoting awareness of the natural environment.


Entrants typically possess a relevant BTEC/SQA award or similar qualification and have prior related experience, often as a volunteer. Apprenticeships and NVQs/SVQs in relevant subjects at Levels 2 and 3 are available.

Typical tasks

  • assists with ecological surveys to identify plant and animal species, map their habitat and draw up conservation plans;
  • implements schemes for the management and protection of natural habitats;
  • assists with environmental audits and impact assessments;
  • organises and supervises conservation projects and the work of part-time and voluntary staff;
  • provides information and education to the public through setting up displays, writing leaflets and making presentations;
  • organises guided walks and answers questions from the public about an area and its wildlife;
  • works with the emergency services in instances of fire, flood, injury or mountain rescue.

Common job titles

Officer, estate (forestry)
Warden, countryside
Inspector, waste (water company)
Officer, park, chief
Officer, park, country
Ranger, estate
Worker, conservation
Warden, environmental
Warden, estate
Officer, amenities
Warden, reserve, nature
Ranger, recreation
Officer, estates (forestry)
Officer, woodland
Ranger, park, national
Ranger, countryside
Technician, environmental
Ranger, education
Ranger, park
Warden, range
Campaigner, environmental
Officer, parks
Warden, park, national

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.