A good general education is useful. However, entry can be competitive so it is also helpful to have a group of subjects at National 4 or 5.
You may get in through a Modern Apprenticeship. There is a framework in Rural Skills at Levels 2 SCQF Level 5 and SCQF Level 6/7.
You could take a NC or NQ (SCQF Levels 4-6), HNC (SCQF Level 7) or HND (SCQF Level 8) in gamekeeping and wildlife management or conservation, countryside skills, countryside management or a similar subject before applying for a job.
Entry requirements for the NC are up to 4 subjects at National 4 or 5; for the HNC or HND normally 1-2 Highers or the NC are required.
Previous countryside work experience is helpful, for example in agriculture or forestry.
You usually need a full, clean driving licence.
You need to be fit as there is a lot of active outdoors work, often on rough ground.
As you will use a shotgun, you must have the necessary licence.
What Does it Take?
You need to have:
an interest in wildlife, the countryside and the environment
good communications skills
good organisational skills
You need to be:
good with your hands
sharp-eyed and observant
reasonably fit and willing to do physical work
able to work on your own without supervision
aware of health and safety issues
able to use a gun safely.
Training is normally on the job, often combined with study for a relevant qualification.
You might be able to take a part time college course to get an HNC, NC or an SVQ.
SVQs in Game and Wildlife Management are available in five specialisms at SCQF Levels 5 and 7: Deer, Gamekeeping, Game Rearing, Lowland and Upland/Grouse.