There’s more to agriculture, environment and animal care apprenticeships than muddy boots and farming—and demand for workers is at an all-time high

If you love the thought of spending your days working outside in the fresh air and the idea of an office job fills you with dread, then a career in agriculture, environmental and animal care could put you at the forefront of supplying the country with food, producing crops, and enriching the rural and urban environment.

Agriculture, environment and animal care apprenticeships can be broken down into land management and production, animal health and welfare, and environmental industries. It’s not just about muddy wellies, unsocial working hours and manual labour, either, apprenticeships in this sector can offer you the chance to have a rewarding impact on many levels; whether that means working hands-on or not.

There is a wide variety of jobs in the sector, and while many of them are practical, requiring physical effort and work outdoors, there are also opportunities for people to work as skilled technicians, managers and other specialist roles.

Roles include general farm workers, crop technicians, forest operatives, sports turf operatives and countryside ranger. There are also creative occupations available, such as floristry, as well as caring jobs that include working for animal welfare charities, as a veterinary nurse, a farrier or a fisher. In addition, there are more technical roles on offer and many management opportunities.

At a time when environmental work is rapidly increasing in importance, you could take a look at the ecologist apprenticeship, which is a highly scientific and technical role looking at the relationships between plants, animals, people and their environment.

So whether your interest is in outdoor practical work or more theoretical work, you’ll open yourself up to plenty of opportunities and career progression. And if you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, then this could be a good place to start.

To find your perfect agriculture, environment and animal care apprenticeship, take a look at the options below.

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Abattoir worker apprenticeship

Manage animals before and during the slaughtering process  From receiving animals in the strictly controlled handling (lairage) facility and through to the slaughter process, an abattoir worker needs to be

Agriculture professional adviser apprenticeship

Provide technical advice to farmers and growers During your agriculture professional adviser apprenticeship, you’ll be responsible for providing accurate research-informed advice to farmers and growers, working with a range of

Animal care and welfare assistant apprenticeship

Look after the routine day-to-day care of domestic and/or wild animals Animal care and welfare assistants look after the routine day-to-day husbandry and care of domestic and/or wild animals under

Animal trainer apprenticeship

Plan, manage, deliver and review the training of animals An animal trainer uses positive, reward-based training methods and practices. This includes training the animal to undertake specific tasks, or more

Arboriculturist apprenticeship

Undertake tree inspections and surveys During your arboriculturist apprenticeship you’ll work in arboricultural, utility, facilities management and ground maintenance organisations, which could include local authorities, consultancies, estates, commercial organisations and

Arborist apprenticeship

Plant, cut down and maintain trees The arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations, from city parks and urban woodlands, to country

Countryside ranger apprenticeship

Provide daily management, maintenance, conservation, inspiration and protection of the natural environment As well as the management, maintenance, conservation and protection of the natural environment, on the countryside ranger apprenticeship

Countryside worker apprenticeship

Carry out specific environmental and conservation tasks Countryside workers are the custodians of our rural outdoor scenery, so you’ll help to conserve the environment that makes the English countryside both

Crop technician apprenticeship

Optimise crop or plant yields and maintain and improve the surrounding environment During the a crop technician apprenticeship, you’ll be responsible for optimising crop or plant yields through establishment, management,

Dog groomer apprenticeship

Groom a range of dog breeds and coat types An increased popularity of dog cross breeds in recent years, combined with a wide range of coat types has led to