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Forest Ranger

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Forest rangers protect and conserve wildlife in the forest. They also give information to visitors and lead guided walks. In the Forestry Commission they are called wildlife rangers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

Salaries for assistant rangers are around £17,000 a year. Qualified conservation or wildlife rangers start at around £26,000 a year, rising to around £28,000 a year with experience.

You may get accommodation rent-free or at a reduced rate.

With a local authority you might earn around £23,000 to £26,500 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

You would work for the Forestry Commission, a forestry company or private estate, a local authority, a government agency or a conservation organisation.

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
2018
1162
4.8 %
RISE
2023
1218
  United Kingdom
2018
4876
2.8 %
RISE
2023
5012

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Forestry Commission Scotland is the biggest employer of forest rangers in Scotland. Vacancies are posted on the Civil Service Jobs website and on the Forestry Commission Careers Facebook page.

You may also be interested in the Natural Talent Traineeships offered by TCV Scotland. These are open to people of all ages. No academic qualifications are needed but you must be passionate about conservation work. The apprenticeships are based in different places around the UK. You would receive a bursary of £12,510 a year, plus extra money for training and equipment.

More information is available on the Natural Talent website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Conservation Volunteers
Tel: 01786 479 697
E-mail: scotland@tcv.org.uk
Website: http://www.tcv.org.uk/scotland
Twitter: @TCVtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConservationVolunteers

The Conservation Volunteers used to be known as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

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 Forestry Society (RFS)
Tel: 01295 678588
E-mail: rfshq@rfs.org.uk
Website: http://www.rfs.org.uk
Twitter: @royal_forestry
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalForestrySociety/

Woodland Trust Scotland
Tel: 01738 635829
E-mail: scotland@woodlandtrust.org.uk
Website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Twitter: @WoodlandTrust
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewoodlandtrust

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