£11,960 Average salary at age 20
£24,440 Average Salary
36 Average hours per week


Conservation and environmental associate professionals are responsible for the day-to-day running and management of areas of the countryside and the wider environment in a way that reconciles the interests of conservation, land owners and the public. They carry out practical conservation activities and assist in promoting awareness of the natural environment.

Main Tasks

  • Assists with ecological surveys to identify plant and animal species, map their habitat and draw up conservation plans;
  • Implements schemes for the management and protection of natural habitats;
  • Assists with environmental audits and impact assessments;
  • Organises and supervises conservation projects and the work of part-time and voluntary staff;
  • Provides information and education to the public through setting up displays, writing leaflets and making presentations;
  • Organises guided walks and answers questions from the public about an area and its wildlife;
  • Works with the emergency services in instances of fire, flood, injury or mountain rescue.


Entrants typically possess a relevant BTEC/SQA award or similar qualification and have prior related experience, often as a volunteer. Apprenticeships and NVQs/SVQs in relevant subjects at Levels 2 and 3 are available.

What Conservation and environmental associate professionals studied in higher education

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What Conservation and environmental associate professionals studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy2
(L7) Human & social geography3
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology15
(F1) Chemistry1
(D9) Others in veterinary sciences, agriculture & related subjects1
(Y0) Combined1
(D2) Clinical veterinary medicine & dentistry1
(V3) History by topic2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments15
(W3) Music1
(D3) Animal science3
(F6) Geology4
(F8) Physical geographical sciences10
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(V4) Archaeology1
(D4) Agriculture10
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(F9) Others in physical sciences1
(H2) Civil engineering2
(I2) Information systems1
(D7) Agricultural sciences1
(N6) Human resource management1
(V5) Philosophy1
(N1) Business studies1
(J6) Maritime technology1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)1
(C3) Zoology11
(V1) History by period1
(Q8) Classical studies1
(L6) Anthropology1
(D5) Forestry & arboriculture1

UK Prospects

11500 Workforce Size
2.85% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
1103 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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