Underkeeper apprenticeship

Participate in habitat management, pest and predator control and animal husbandry

This role is found in the game and wildlife management sector within a shooting enterprise. During the underkeeper apprenticeship you’ll assist in shoot days and will be expected to help maintain the estate, as well as produce a surplus of gamebirds and undertake conservation activities for the benefit of flora and fauna. You may be faced with some challenging conditions and can be expected to work some unsociable hours and will be outdoors in all weathers. You’ll need to follow instructions precisely from the headkeeper or estate manager to help deliver an estate’s management plan, but will often operate alone and need to rely on your own initiative. You’ll develop into a competent and qualified underkeeper with a range of practical gamekeeping skills, including the appropriate use of all relevant traps, pesticides, hand tools, power tools and firearms.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Geography, science

Entry requirements for the underkeeper apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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