Information for pupils

What will I be doing?

When you join Chiltern Rangers for work experience, you will work as a ‘Junior Ranger’ and will shadow our of team of rangers out in our local woodlands and nature reserves.  As well as working alongside our rangers, there will often be volunteers and community groups on site too.

The tasks you may get involved with will vary on the seasons but may include the following:

  1. Thinning trees and cutting back scrub (including controlled bonfires in winter to burn the arisings
  2. Step building, footpath & fencing repairs
  3. River cleaning
  4. Litter picking
  5. General work tasks as necessary – e.g. washing tools & kit after use, sweeping up the depot, preparing the volunteer tea kit, washing vans & general clearing up.
  6. Monitoring/surveying of trees/plants/butterflies and more may be undertaken, particularly during spring/summer placements.

You will be trained how to use hand tools and we will provide all the PPE you need other than footwear.

 What will my day look like?

Below is a what a typical day with Chiltern Rangers will look like:

9am – Arrive at the depot.  You will help prepare tea kits for the volunteers and make sure the trucks are packed with all the tools needed for the day

9.30am – Leave for site.  You will travel in a Chiltern Rangers truck with the rangers and possibly volunteers too

10am – Your day of work starts at 10am with a health & safety briefing and introduction to the site and task

11.30am – Tea and coffee break

1pm – Lunch

3.30 pm Finish on site and travel back to the depot.  Help unpack the truck and make sure  the tea kit is put away

5pm – Finish for the day

How do I apply?

Send an email to with the dates you would like to join us. Spaces are limited and provided on a first come first served basis.

Once your dates have been agreed, we will ask you to complete an application form and arrange a date for you to come in for an informal interview.  The forms you need to fill in can be found below.

Under 18 Work Experience Application Form

Over 18 Work Experience Application Form


Click here for your Joining Instructions.