Countryside Ranger Apprentice Elmbridge Borough Council

Elmbridge has a diverse countryside estate with heathland, woodland and wetland habitats along with more formal greenspace sites. This role will involve practical conservation work along with organising and developing volunteers and creating management plans.

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Closing date: 02 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, seasonal working hours between 06:30-16:00

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    28 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Undertake practical estate management works on Elmbridge countryside sites and greenspaces as instructed. 
  • Undertake site management plans as directed.
  • Recording and managing incidents. Managing invasive species.
  • Operate machinery to undertake estate management tasks.  Undertake training as required to operate machinery.
  • Supervise volunteers.
  • Create and manage work programmes for volunteer groups.
  • Produce site interpretation and promotional material as directed.  Able to deal with public enquiries and disseminating information to the public and other stakeholders.
  • Undertake and manage small projects.
  • Undertaking risk assessments for volunteers.  Understanding of legislation and policies covering work.
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders and other Council teams.

The training you will be getting

We have partnered with Bridgwater & Taunton College to deliver this Level 4 Countryside Ranger apprenticeship via a mix of virtual and face to face training. 

Study will be undertaken in Elmbridge Borough Countryside and Greenspace sites, online and 4 block weeks across 2 years at Bridgwater & Taunton College – Cannington Campus.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you could develop a career in a management role in a countryside ranger position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Open to working outside, Interacting with the public, Written & Oral skills


GCSE or equivalent GCSE's inc English & maths (Grade 9 to 4 (A* to C)) Essential

Things to consider

You will be expected to work outdoors and well as working in the office. You would need to be physically fit to undertake the role. Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 17th June @ the Civic Centre in Esher.

About the employer

Elmbridge Borough Council is responsible for delivering a range of services to our local area. We are a progressive organisation and pride ourselves on listening to our customers and to providing high quality services as cost effectively as possible.


Elmbridge Borough Council


Civic Centre

High Street


KT10 9SD

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Hamish White

01372 474579

Apprenticeship standard

Countryside ranger

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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