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Training Course

Countryside Skills With Ranger Training NQ Level 5

Take a step into a new career with this exciting course. A unique opportunity to learn skills that will develop your employment prospects while knowing you're contributing to the conservation of Scotland's countryside. We work with the UHI West Highland to offer this rewarding and fast-paced course through the Nevis Volunteer Ranger Scheme so you can gain nationally recognised qualifications, whilst working alongside well-known conservation bodies and landowners, such as the Woodland Trust Scotland, the John Muir Trust and Jahama Highland Estates.

You'll learn a wide range of practical skills, as well as specialising in Ranger Training, land use and visitor management issues. A regular one day a week work placement will put you in touch with potential employers and help you understand practical conservation, habitat monitoring and visitor related tasks. You'll also gain Industry Awards in specialist skills such as Dry-Stone Walling, Chainsaw Use, Quad Bikes, Navigation, Tree Survey and Outdoor First Aid, as well as your SQA Awards, John Muir Explorers award, and College Certificate.

Supported by John Muir Trust, The Woodland Trust (Arkaig), Jahama Highland Estates, National Trust for Scotland (Glencoe) and Arkaig Community Forest.

You can find out more and apply here.

2020 NQ Rangers
I took on this course as I wanted more practical skills that would allow me to keep getting seasonal jobs in the competitive conservation sector. We covered so much ground and learned with experienced practitioners. I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in wildlife industry.

Lauren Stewart, 2020 Student