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Rural Surveyors

RSPB

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Rural Surveyors – Remote/Flexible – Full-Time roles

Location: – Kindly specify on the application form your preference for either one or
all locations.

  • Central England (Operational area extending through Gloucestershire,
    Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, and Nottinghamshire)
  • Northwest of England (Home-based within the region, supporting work across
    the Northern Region) This is a limited-term contract role of 18 months.
  • Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire (Home based within the region, supporting
    work across the Northern Region)

We have a wonderful opportunity for experienced and self-motivated Rural Surveyors to join the
RSPB England’s Land Team. The successful applicants will become part of an England-wide team of
11 Rural Surveyors. You will manage a specific portfolio of properties and support the wider
delivery of departmental casework nationwide. These roles can be home-based, but the
recruits will be expected to travel regularly to their patches.

Benefits:

Employees benefit from flexible working while maintaining a sensible home/work balance. There
are various options, such as flexitime, TOIL, and parental leave. After 5 years of continuous
service, and each 5 years thereafter, all employees are entitled to a 4-week sabbatical. A
chance to take time out of your busy day-to-day job to research, volunteer, learn a new skill
or travel. RSPB are proud to be awarded a Great British Workplace Wellbeing Award for ‘Best
Mental Wellbeing Initiative’ in March 2023.

Key Responsibilities:

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, and 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. 

Reserve acquisition work. – Appraising, negotiating and concluding
acquisitions to establish new reserves, extend existing reserves, and acquire property, e.g.
offices, workshops, farm buildings and residential properties by purchase, lease or management
agreement and include land and building valuations.

Land and property disposal. – Appraising, advising and delivering on the
acquisition of land 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 agri-environment grant schemes. Provided professional support to area teams and
project managers and assisted in producing 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 and 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.

Essentials:

  • 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 internal and external
    credibility.
  • 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.

Additional Information

  • Closing date – Monday 19th February 2024.
  • Interview dates will be confirmed at a later date.
  • Contact for further information: [email protected]

You will be required to complete an online application form where you will have the opportunity
to explain how you meet the criteria set above.

RSPB Commitment: The RSPB is committed to training and development, supporting appropriate CPD,
and covering annual membership fees for one professional body (e.g., RICS or CAAV).

We seek applications from individuals identifying as people of colour and/or disabled, as they
are currently underrepresented in the sector.

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