Apprentice Rangers

Lead Partner

New Forest National Park Authority

What is it about?

The New Forest National Park Authority working together with the Forestry Commission, National Trust, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust will offer two Environmental Conservation apprenticeships per year over four years.

Various qualifications will be obtained by the apprentices as part of their Diploma, including Level Two Certificate in Land Based Activities, First Aid and Manual Handling. A variety of land management qualifications, including chainsaw training, safe use of pesticides and trailer training will also be offered in addition to the diploma. The taught element will be provided by Kingston Maurwood College and placements will be with the various ranger teams in the New Forest.

The project will provide:

  • increased skills to young people, enabling them to enter the workforce and develop their skills through appropriate on the job experience and training in how to protect the special qualities of the National Park for the future
  • seven Apprentice Rangers who will gain a Level Two Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation and Level Two Award in Business for the Environment and Land Based Sector with functional skills in English and Maths. Additional training will be offered in brushcutters and strimmers, the safe use of pesticides, chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting, and an award in felling small trees and first aid
  • conservation of the natural heritage of the Forest through practical habitat management protecting and promoting species to meet the priorities of the UK and the local New Forest Biodiversity Action Plan
  • management of public access, recreation and interpretation to promote awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the Forest and its surrounding areas
  • an increased resource and skills base within New Forest ranger teams during the apprentices’ placements.

Volunteering and Training

All partner organisations in this project use volunteers, so apprentices will come into contact with them on a regular basis. Volunteers will be present on some tasks performed by the apprentices and they will be encouraged to work with the apprentices to give direction to volunteer working groups and to satisfy the training requirements in developing people skills and social skills. However, volunteers will not form a direct part of this project.

Visit the training and volunteering pages for information on specific roles within the Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme.


A number of partners in this pilot are considering launching apprenticeships in the future. Monitoring and evaluation of the success of this project will be used to evaluate the viability and opportunities for this in the future.

Contact Details

Gillie Molland - Lead Ranger, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646682 email:

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