Rural Surveyor – Midlands


We have a wonderful opportunity for an experienced and self-motivated Rural Surveyor to join
the RSPB England’s Land Team to be based in Central and Eastern England, an operational area
extending from Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire to Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire. The
successful applicant will join an England wide team of 11 Rural Surveyors. You will have a
specific portfolio of properties in the east and west midlands to manage and will support the
delivery of the departmental casework as required across the Country. 

This is a part time role for 3 days a week (22.5hr/week). The work will include a wide range of
estate management casework to support the work programme across England. In addition, this role
will also focus on rural surveying support to specific RSPB nature reserves and projects across
the Midlands.

The reserves within Midlands include woodlands, wetlands and peri-urban sites, they have a
diverse range of habitats, species and landscapes along with active visitor operations and
facilities. Work on these sites includes rural practice work as well as landlord and tenant
leasehold arrangements for various offices.

This role offers a varied and rewarding work programme and by providing professional advice to
staff, help to deliver our conservation and estate management objectives, minimise risk and
optimise financial returns. Key activities include:

  • Land and Property Management: Carrying out due diligence to identify,
    mitigate and manage the legal, reputational and financial aspects of rural property over
    land, buildings, offices and business premises including rent reviews, repairing
    obligations, landlord consents, land management contracts, compliance with grant
    conditions. Advising on agricultural matters and farming systems, agri-environment
    agreement work, granting leases and licences e.g. sporting, fishing, grazing, negotiating
    wayleaves and easements.
  • Land and property acquisition and disposal: Appraising, advising and
    delivering on the acquisition of reserves and buildings alongside the delivery of the
    disposal of land, houses, offices and properties that are surplus to operational need.
  • Risk management and project support: Supporting the development and
    implementation of systems to manage the RSPB’s exposure to legal, reputational and
    financial risk arising from its land and property operations. Undertaking internal audits
    to ensure compliance with BPS and agri-environment grant schemes. Providing professional
    support to Area Teams and Project Managers and assisting in the production of codes of
    practice and guidance for staff.
  • Team working: The England Rural Surveyors work together with a strong team
    ethos, enthusiasm and dedication and share professional expertise, knowledge and
    information at regular Team meetings. You will work alongside the building surveyors, ,
    support the Area Managers and their teams. You will be encouraged to be out of the office,
    providing professional advice to staff, to minimise risk and optimise financial returns for
    the RSPB nature reserves. You will demonstrate initiative, motivation and flair to spot
    income opportunities. RSPB will support you in maintaining your RICS qualification and
    provide in-house and external support to meet CPD requirements. Some site visits will
    involve overnight stays away from home.

Essential qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Chartered member of RICS (Rural) or another equivalent professional organisation.
  • Demonstrable post qualification knowledge of estate management, land and property
    acquisition and disposal work in the rural environment.
  • An up to date understanding of agricultural subsidy schemes in England and associated cross
    compliance requirements.
  • Knowledge of project management principles and their application.
  • Ability to clearly communicate verbally, and in writing, complex estate management issues
    to all levels within RSPB and to external audiences.
  • Ability to make quick, pragmatic and practical decisions/recommendations/alternatives based
    on sound analysis and reason.
  • Ability to positively influence wider audiences and demonstrate credibility both internally
    and externally.
  • Ability to negotiate and achieve the required corporate outcomes.
  • An awareness of the requirements of the Charities’ Act, guidance and learning opportunities
    can be given.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise high volume competing objectives, work alone and as part
    of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to travel widely including by car and public transport and this role will require
    occasional overnight stays away from home 

This is a Permanent Part-Time role for 22.5 hours per week. The successful candidate can be
based flexibly within the Midlands. For further information please contact [email protected] 

As part of this application process you will be asked to complete an application form including
evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone
feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a
world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People
of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate,
sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled,
we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any
additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is exempt from/covered by the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship – the successful applicant will need to have
a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

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