Game and wildlife management apprenticeship

Game and wildlife management apprenticeship

Game and wildlife management is about looking after areas managed for shooting, actively managing wildlife habitats and making sure that there is enough game for shooting to take place.

Game includes deer, and birds such as grouse, partridge and pheasant. Other work includes managing woodland or burning heather, clearing land using power saws and other equipment, building fences and clearing ponds and ditches.

Working hours are flexible according to the season and when jobs need completing. You should be prepared to put in long hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends, mostly working outdoors and in all weather conditions. There is lots of walking, and a great deal of physical effort may be involved.

Gamekeepers work either alone or as part of a gamebird management team. The main tasks are rearing young birds from hatcheries, making sure game is kept safe from predators, and making repairs to equipment, buildings and release pens. In the shooting season gamekeepers provide leadership and general support and administration of all shoot day activities.

Stalkers focus on all aspects of wild deer manage-ment, including the efficient culling of deer, and the conservation and management of the natural habitat. Stalkers will take responsibility for small numbers of shooting guests. You’ll follow one of four routes within the apprenticeship: upland/grouse, lowland, deer, or game rearing. On the Advanced Level apprenticeship, you’ll choose between a general route, deer, or game rearing.

Level:

Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

£12,000–£20,500

Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Under-keeper, Game farm worker, Understalker, Ranger

Advanced Level – Gamekeeper, Head keeper, Stalker, Head stalker, Assistant game farm manager

Issuing Authority:

Lantra – www.lantra.co.uk