Soil scientist apprenticeship

Gather, interpret and evaluate information about the chemistry, biology and physics of soil.

As a soil scientist apprentice, you’ll work across sectors like agriculture, construction, and environmental management. Your job involves analysing soil in different settings—from farms to labs—to help farmers, builders, and policymakers make informed decisions. You’ll monitor soil health, classify land, and assess the impact of projects on the environment. Using both digital tools and traditional methods, such as digging pits, you’ll study soil types to support various projects like town planning and habitat restoration. You’ll advise on sustainable resource management and ecosystem protection. During the soil scientist apprenticeship, you’ll learn to communicate your findings to both experts and non-experts, work with diverse teams, and manage projects safely and sustainably. Expect to conduct fieldwork, participate in site visits, and sometimes work indoors, depending on the project. You’ll be instrumental in improving soil management practices and promoting environmental conservation. Upon completion of the soil scientist apprenticeship, you could become a member of the British Society of Soil Science. 


Duration: 24 months  

Relevant school subjects: Science, Geography 

Entry requirements for the soil scientist apprenticeship: Varies by employer, but likely a related bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification or experience. 

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Higher)—equivalent to a master’s degree 

Potential salary upon completion: £33,000 

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