Conservation or Environmental Associate Professional

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.


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

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 19% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for conservation or environmental associate professional is £20,166

350 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 350. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for conservation or environmental associate professional roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,166 per year. That is about £1,681 per month or £10.34 per hour. New workers generally start on £10,914, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £39,412

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 350 people are employed in the region.

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