Career outlook for countryside officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would try to make it easy for people to enjoy spending time in the countryside. You’d improve access to interesting and beautiful places they’d enjoy visiting.
You’d explain scientific knowledge and facts in a way that’s easy to understand so they can learn more about nature and wildlife.
Your work would help to protect Scotland’s natural heritage - including woodlands, moors, rivers, hills, lochs and coastlines - for future generations.
You’d advise people who live and work in the countryside about how to manage, protect and improve the rural environment. For example, you’d persuade landowners to manage their land in ways that would conserve or increase the number of plants and animals living there.
You’d also advise about opening land to the public so everyone can enjoy the countryside.
- Organise the upkeep of country parks and woodlands
- Make sure footpaths are clearly marked and litter bins and carparks are provided
- Produce resources like leaflets and information boards for the public
- Give talks to local groups
- Support local environmental events, activities and projects
- Conduct surveys, carry out research and analyse data
- Write reports and deliver presentations
- Comment on planning applications - for example, you’d assess how a new road or housing development might affect the environment
- Deal with complaints about issues such as rights of way becoming overgrown
You would also keep detailed records, prepare applications for funding, and possibly assess funding applications from other organisations.
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