If you enjoy practical, outdoor work with a focus on the countryside, an apprenticeship and career in gamekeeping could be for you.The game and wildlife industry involves the management of upland, lowland, woodland and wetland game and wildlife species, including partridge, grouse, pheasant and deer.
One of the primary purposes of the game and wildlife industry is to protect habitats and promote biodiversity. The industry also supports tourism and recreation and can provide a source of high quality meat.
Due to the nature of the game and wildlife businesses, work-based learning through apprenticeships is a good way for those entering the sector to learn the necessary skills and knowledge required by the industry.
As a gamekeeper your role would involve maintaining the estate as well as ensuring that there is enough game for clients to shoot, such as deer, pheasant, partridges or grouse. Other tasks could include breeding game for the estate, controlling predators such as foxes and rats, arranging shoots, training and working with gun dogs and arranging the sale of game after shoots.
As well as being very practical, a career in gamekeeping will also include elements of administration, completing shoot related paperwork and legal documents, keeping records of what is shot or caught and hiring or supervising staff such as beaters.
Job roles at Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship) may include:
- Under-keeper/beat keeper
- Assistant game and farm worker
- Under stalker/ghillie
- Assistant ranger or gun dog handler