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Countryside & Wildlife Management

If you like the idea of maintaining landscapes and coasts, and ensuring the preservation of grassland, moorland, heathland, woodland and wetland habitats then you meet the increasing need for staff in the management of rural resources.

You could be patrolling sites, making sure public areas are safe, promoting environmental conservation, or devising and implementing surveys to monitor wildlife.

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Why choose us?

Natural resources in abundance
We are privileged that Shuttleworth College is situated in a large conservation area containing grassland, moorland, heathland, woodland and wetland giving you a diverse range of real life working environments to gain experience in.

Specialist equipment & facilities
Shuttleworth can give you access to almost every kind of habitat. Uniquely situated in a conservation area, the estate itself has a working farm, a shoot, a fishery with several well stocked lakes, a site of special scientific interest, ancient woodland, a country wildlife site, and formal parklands with county specimen trees, all in addition to a huge range of learning resources from which you can benefit.

The future
Land management in the UK depends on the people gaining the skills you will develop when you take one of our Countryside qualifications. Whether you end up as a warden, a ranger, a game keeper or an ecologist, we guarantee that at Shuttleworth you will get the very best grounding for your future.

Student destinations

In 2016 75% of Land and The Environment students went on to degree-level study at colleges and universities such as Bangor University, Reaseheath College, The University of Winchester, Harper Adams University, The University of Northampton and Bishop Burton College, moved straight into paid employment or started an apprenticeship programme.  

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2015-16

Countryside & Wildlife Management careers

» Environmental Policy Officer

Environmental Policy Officers contribute to the development, implementation, promotion and review of environmental policies within their employing organisation.

Salary £20,000-£30,000. Depending on experience and qualifications.

» Estate Worker

Estate workers help to maintain and manage the environment for the benefit of people and wildlife. This can involve the management of field staff & volunteers working on a variety of different habitats, including grassland, heathland, wetland and woodland. Work also involves maintaining facilities for public access and recreation.

Salary £20,000-£26,000. Depending on experience and qualifications. Rates of pay will differ depending on employer and location.

» Game Manager & Game Keeper

Gamekeepers work in the countryside looking after areas managed for shooting, called beats or estates. They make sure that there is enough game in their beats for shooting. Game includes deer, and birds such as grouse, partridge and pheasant. They also manage wildlife habitat and their skills play an important part in shaping the countryside and protecting vulnerable and endangered species.

Salary £12,500-£20,500. Depending on experience and qualifications.

» Ranger

Rangers are responsible for a range of activities that benefit both the natural environment and associated public access and recreation. Their role is to encourage visitors to the countryside, promote awareness of the natural environment and protect and preserve the countryside for future enjoyment.

Salary £18,000-£30,000. Depending on experience and qualifications.