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On an underkeeper apprenticeship you’ll help participate in habitat management, pest and predator control and animal husbandry.

This job is found in the game and wildlife management sector, inside a shooting company. You’ll be expected to assist on shot days, maintain the estate, raise a surplus of gamebirds, and engage in conservation efforts to benefit flora and wildlife.

You may face harsh working conditions, be forced to work unsociable hours, and be compelled to work outdoors in all weather conditions. You’ll need to carefully follow instructions from the headkeeper or estate manager to help execute an estate’s management plan, but you’ll often be working alone and must rely on your own initiative.

You will graduate as a competent and qualified underkeeper with a broad range of practical gamekeeping skills, including the use of the required traps, insecticides, hand tools, power equipment, and firearms.

What you’ll learn

On an underkeeper apprenticeship, you’ll learn to:

  • Maintain strong health and safety standards in the workplace to keep yourself and others safe.
  • Give urgent first-aid help.
  • Land management techniques such as burning, pesticide application, coppicing, hedgelaying, pond building, and planting should be used.
  • Recognize and treat common gamebird diseases in a timely and efficient manner by administering medication and seeking veterinarian assistance as required.
  • Care for gundogs by identifying and treating minor injuries and diseases.
  • Control pests and predators of game, a variety of integrated methods such as firearms, traps, and poisons are used.
  • Recognize key game, pests, predators, and vegetation species.
  • Make effective use of workplace-relevant digital technology such as Global Positioning Systems.
  • Select and use the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Connect a trailer, 3-point linkages, and PTO-driven attachments.
  • Maintain strimmer, brushcutter, and chainsaw.
  • Demonstrate your ability to properly handle and operate a rifle and a shotgun.
  • Handle loads manually and safely, such as coppiced wood, gundogs, equipment, or wildlife.
  • Provide clear instructions to beaters/pickers and shoot visitors.
  • Prepare the game once the shoot is over.
  • Shoot a gun.

What you’ll do

Your day-to-day tasks on an underkeeper apprenticeship could be to:

  • Plan and organise shoots and fishing trips
  • Recruit and direct beaters to flush out birds during photo sessions
  • Keep track of what is shot or caught, and make arrangements for the selling of game
  • Train and work with gun dogs
  • Breed game birds for release
  • Protect game from poachers and predators
  • Remove shrubs and trees
  • Work with the police to fight crimes like badger digging and hare coursing

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

Assessment methods

The EPA consists of three assessment methods:

  • Knowledge test
  • Professional Discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration followed by questions and answers

Restrictions and Requirements

You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

You’ll need a firearms or shotgun certificate for some jobs.

Working environment

You might be employed in a park, a forest, or a business.

Your job may be physically demanding and require you to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

It is possible that you may be required to wear protective equipment.

Career path and progression

You may be able to rise to the role of head keeper with time and expertise.

You may also become self-employed by working as a contractor or renting the shooting rights to land.

Key facts

Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: 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

Apprenticeship Standard

More information about the Level 2 Underkeeper Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

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