Agricultural and Fishing Trades

What do they do? ​

Perform a variety of agricultural and fishing tasks.​

What are hours and pay like?

  • Average Salary: £22,463
  • Average Hours per week: 70 hours​

What does their job involve?

Wildlife monitoring

Track wild animal populations on both public and private lands.

Countryside patrol

Monitor specific areas of the countryside, checks for damage, erosion, and access issues, and does repairs as necessary.

Forest management

Cares for forests, trees, and nurseries, including treating diseased trees.

River and aquatic work

Nets River fish, manages spawning pens, cultivates, and harvests shellfish, treats water and sick fish, and maintains tanks.

Marine duties

Operates and maintains ships, helps with fishing tasks like netting, hauling, and repairs, and handles tasks related to fishing gear.

Qualifications ​

No formal academic qualifications are required. Training is typically received on-the-job.

A variety of vocational and academic qualifications in fish farming, forestry, horse, and other animal care are available.​

Training providers in Surrey

  • Merrist Wood – specialist agricultural college
  • Nescot – Animal studies, various courses available
  • Guildford College – Wildlife and Conservation

Skills you may need

  • Hard skills that are important for this role: Arboriculture, tree surveying, risk analysis, project management, surveying ​
  • Important soft skills: Management, communications, planning, customer service, Microsoft office​
  • Job opportunities: 769 green jobs expected in area by 2030.

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