Environmental conservation apprenticeship

Environmental conservation apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation covers roles that deal with the protection of rural and urban landscapes, plants and animals, and the countryside.

Environmental conservation covers a range of activities, from recycling household waste to habitat management. While ‘green’ issues play an important role in conservation, it’s really about using scientific knowledge to achieve solutions that will provide a sustainable environment. The scope of environmental conservation stretches from local issues (e.g. community recycling) to national ones (e.g. global warming).

As an apprentice, you’ll choose between four routes: environmental conservation; access and recreation; rivers, coasts and waterways/flood risk management; or dry stone walling. The nature of the work depends on your employer, but you could be surveying and reporting on the condition of an outdoor area; encouraging people to enjoy the environments around them; carrying out habitat management work; or monitoring a section of river prone to floods.

On the Advanced Level apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to use environmental good practice at work, develop good working relations with community groups and others, and organise environmental projects. You might learn other advanced skills, like how to manage a team of volunteers, report on environmental change or produce site management plans.

Upon completion of your training, you could work for a range of organisations from government departments to the voluntary sector.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:


Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Estate worker, Ranger/countryside officer, Conservation officer

Advanced Level – Senior estate worker, Senior ranger, Access and recreation officer, Ecologist, Education/interpretation officer, Environmental management officer

Issuing Authority:

Lantra – www.lantra.co.uk