Apprentice Woodland Ranger (Level 2) THE ERNEST COOK TRUST

Based at our Redwood Outdoor Learning Centre in Gloucestershire, this role will provide you with valuable practical skills and opportunities to broaden your knowledge in woodland management. As well as off the job training at College, you will learn from qualified professionals, collaborating with our team to help ensure our woodlands thrive.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £17,847; £11.44/hr (£20,821 FTE)

  • Working week

    TBC. Based primarily at Redwood Outdoor Learning Centre, Slimbridge Estate, Gloucestershire, with some time spent at our Fairford Estates.

    Total hours per week: 30

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    29 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As Apprentice Woodland Ranger, you will play a vital part in the following activities:
• Managing woodlands for forest health
• Planning, creating and maintaining diverse and vibrant habitats to enhance biodiversity
• Monitoring wildlife, keeping detailed reports to contribute to our understanding of the environment
• Engaging in wildlife management, including predator and pest control
• Contributing to pond clearance and water management projects
• Maintaining access including fence repairs and maintenance
• Participating in tree and hedge planting initiatives to contribute to sustainable land management
• Involvement in tree work and grass cutting activities to enhance the management of our woodlands
• Engaging in public-facing work and building relationships with stakeholders
• Gaining competency of machinery and hand tool skills

The training you will be getting

As well as the L2 apprenticeship qualification, the successful candidate will be offered the opportunity to undertake the following internal and external training courses as part of their role:

  • First Aid
  • Tractor driving
  • Brush cutter
  • Chainsaw: crosscutting and maintenance
  • Health & Safety
  • Use of IT
  • Functional Skills English and Maths if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

As an Apprentice Woodland Ranger, you will play a vital role in preserving our natural heritage. Working under the guidance of our Estate Forester, you will gain hands-on experience in forestry, wildlife management, and conservation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Reliable, Excellent listening skills, Strong desire to learn, Dedicated work ethic, Full clean driving license


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 2) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 2) Desired

About the employer

The Ernest Cook Trust is an educational charity and one of the UK’s foremost providers and funders of Outdoor Learning. Our vision is for an environmentally engaged society with better connections to nature. The Trust cares for 9,000 hectares of land across the UK. These authentic, living communities are home to our tenant farmers, residential tenants and small enterprises, while also serving as unique open-air classrooms for our Outdoor Learning programmes. As a land-owning educational Trust, we are uniquely placed to be a model for innovative methods of land management and an exemplar provider of training in the outdoor sector. By sharing our land, knowledge and experience, we inspire a greater love and understanding of the natural world, and are influencers in the debate around the environment, farming and sustainability. By embarking on this apprenticeship, you are helping us support the next generation of countryside workers, aligning with our values of progressive stewardship and cultivating connections within the community and the natural world.




Redwood Outdoor Learning Centre

Slimbridge Estate


GL13 9HH

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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

Apprenticeship standard

Countryside worker

Level 2 (GCSE)

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

Employer's Application Instructions

Please submit a CV with an accompanying letter to briefly introduce yourself and why you think you are suited to this role. This should be addressed to Claire McIntosh, Managing Agent. Upload your letter and CV to:

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Jun 2024