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AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE & ANIMAL CARE

There are a wide range of opportunities available in the Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Care industry. Whether you want to work in the great outdoors, provide care to animals, or even work within an office - there really is something for everyone. If you are considering a career in this industry - it’s important you know the difference between Agriculture and Horticulture. Agriculture involves animals and crops for human consumption, whereas Horticulture focuses on the preparation and use of plants (on a much smaller scale). Animal care involves dealing with the health, wellbeing and welfare of a range of animals.

If you’ve found the ideal AHAC job for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work…

Your pathway into
the industry

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Do some research - check for local events in your area and speak with other Horticulturists and Agriculturists do discuss the different options available to you. This form of networking can also be a great way to get your foot in the door!

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Use our CV Builder and helpful CV guide to create your skills-based CV. Don’t worry too much - we are here to help if need be.

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Once you have submitted your CV to us one of our Recruitment Resourcers will be in touch to find out what kinds of roles you are after and help fill in any CV gaps if there are any. If you feel confident, there are loads of jobs on our website you can start applying for straight away!

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Now we know what type of role you’re looking for we’ll help you nd a position and conduct a mock interview so you feel super prepared for that all important next step. Don’t worry if you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website - our team can point you in the right direction if this is the case.

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If your application is successful and you’re called in for an interview we can provide support in multiple areas, including travel subsidies for people who meet the eligibility criteria.

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https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk
https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/
https://www.ucas.com/

Required Skills & Qualifications

Entry requirements vary, depending on the level of apprenticeship you want to apply for. For intermediate, you will need to have GCSE’s or equivalent. For advanced roles, you’re likely to need at least 3 GCSE’s at grade C or above. This can very - so be sure to check the entry criteria for any roles you apply for!

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Farmer

Myth busting

Farmers are the driving force behind the UK’s agricultural industry. If you get into arable farming, you will spend your life in the great outdoors tending to crops. If you pursue a career in pastoral farming, you will focus your efforts on rearing animals. As a trainee or farm labourer, you will primarily focus your efforts on manual labour.

Farm Managers can earn in excess of £65k p/a!
Job Role Progression: • Trainee Farmer
• Farmer
• Farm Manager
• Agricultural Consultant

Finer Details

Farmers don't work normal office hours, they are expected on be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Responsibilities May Include:
• Tending to livestock.
• Maintaining Equipment.
• Repairing vehicles.
• Administrative duties.
• Managing budgets.

The good points...

No day is the same for a farmer, so this role is perfect for someone who loves variety.

... and the bad

Farmers are required to carry out their duties no matter the weather - even in the cold and rain.

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Gardener

Myth busting

Did you know - the demand for qualified green fingered experts is on the rise? That’s right! The demand for good quality Gardeners has grown, meaning now is an excellent time to consider a career in Horticulture. If you enjoy being at one with nature, and the idea of working in an office is your worst nightmare, then this is a career avenue you should definitely consider. You could find yourself working in various environments, including parks, grounds, landscaping or even garden design.

Senior garden designers working on big projects can earn around £40k p/a
Job Progression: • Trainee Gardener
• Gardener
• Head Gardener

Finer Details

Naturally, Gardeners spend most of their time working outdoors (whatever the weather!), and some of the work is likely to be quite physical.

Responsibilities May Include:
• Monitoring the health of plants.
• Watering & feeding plants.
• Fertilising & mowing lawns.
• Trimming trees and shrubbery.
• Weeding gardens.

The good points...

Being a Gardener is an amazing opportunity to escape a typical office environment and work outdoors in the sun! No day will be the same, as you are likely to be working across numerous locations. The physical side of the role is also a great way to stay in shape!

... and the bad

Gardeners are expected to work outdoors in all weather conditions - which isn’t always ideal if its a rainy day! You’re also likely to get quite dirty due to the role being so hands on, so it might not be for you if you like to stay clean and tidy.

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Zookeeper

Myth busting

Getting paid to work with exotic animals may seem like a dream come true, but it’s actually a real possibility! Being a Zookeeper allows you to get up close and personal with animals from all over the world, through caring for them on a daily basis. Zookeepers can be found in zoos, wildlife parks, aquariums, animal sanctuaries and animal centres - so opportunities might not be as rare as you think! Many Zookeepers go on to teach the principles of conservation to colleges - so there are plenty of opportunities available.

Senior Zookeepers can earn around £25k, with specialist Zookeepers earning more.
Job Progression: • Zookeeper
• Senior Zookeeper
• Head Zookeeper
• Specialist Zookeeper

Finer Details

Zookeepers don’t work standard 9-5 shifts, many roles will involve shift and evening work - animals need care overnight also!

Responsibilities May Include:
• Feeding animals.
• Cleaning out animal enclosures.
• Answering visitor enquiries.
• Carrying out demonstrations to visitors.
• Assisting with research projects.

The good points...

Working with animals is extremely emotionally rewarding, and many Zookeepers develop strong bonds with animals they care for. It’s also a very sociable job, as there’s usually a lot of interaction with visitors.

... and the bad

Being a zookeeper requires a lot of patience and can be very demanding. Most Zookeepers are expected to work weekends and evenings, throughout all weather conditions. Most Zookeepers also don’t enjoy cleaning enclosures too!