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Countryside Ranger or Warden

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Countryside rangers or wardens look after wildlife and prevent damage to the countryside in areas open to the public. They give information to visitors and lead guided walks. They are also called recreation rangers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for suitably qualified countryside rangers or wardens can range between £15,000 and £18,000 a year, rising to £26,000 with experience. Some senior rangers or wardens can earn up to £30,000 a year and above.

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Getting In

Countryside rangers or wardens work mainly in national parks and country parks. They also work for conservation and voluntary organisations such as the Forestry Commission, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT).

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
802
0 %
SAME
2022
802
  United Kingdom
2017
9249
1.5 %
RISE
2022
9388

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Forestry Commission Scotland
Tel: 0300 067 6156
E-mail: fcscotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/
Twitter: @fcscotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForestryCommissionScotland/

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
Tel: 0131 458 0200
E-mail: information@nts.org.uk
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
Twitter: @N_T_S
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforScotland

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Tel: 0131 317 4100
Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/scotland/
Twitter: @Natures_Voice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RSPBLoveNature

The RSPB Scotland owns and manages a number of National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

Scottish Countryside Rangers' Association (SCRA)
Website: http://scra-online.co.uk

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Tel: 01463 725 000
E-mail: enquiries@snh.gov.uk
Website: http://www.snh.gov.uk/
Twitter: @SNH_Tweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishNaturalHeritage/

Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT)
Tel: 0131 312 7765
Website: http://www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk
Twitter: @ScotWildlife
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scottishwildlifetrust/

The Scottish Wildlife Trust owns and manages a number of National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

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