Rural Surveyor - Exeter

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Rural Surveyor - Exeter


We're looking for a Rural Surveyor to join us in Devon on a two-year fixed term contract. You will be supporting the Estate Manager in delivering our strategy for making more space for nature and people. As part of this the role will focus on the land management transformation and commercial development, including adaptive reuse of redundant buildings.  As such you will need to be knowledgeable in conservation with an entrepreneurial approach to rural surveying. Managing change in the rural landscape, your colleagues will look to you for up-to-the-minute advice and guidance. This is a hybrid opportunity; we are happy to explore and agree working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust. During the initial training period there is a requirement to frequently be based onsite, however longer term, we anticipate you being onsite as and when needed. Due to the travel required for this role, you must hold a full driving license with access to your own vehicle, business mileage claimable through expenses.We are offering a salary circa £40,000 per annum. 

What it's like to work here

Working across North Devon, split between the North Devon coast and countryside sites and the Arlington Court Estate. Your working week will be dynamic, some days being in the office with ranger teams, to being out on site with farm tenants as part of a number of exciting nature-based projects. As well as supporting day-to-day operations, you’ll have the chance to support and deliver a variety of projects and offer your advice beyond your team. Creating a healthy, resilient, natural environment for enjoyment by the nation is one of the Trust’s biggest priorities. The portfolio has ambitious plans, and you will be a key part of helping to make these happen. 

What you'll be doing

Building upon the relationships we have with our tenants as land management delivery partners, you will provide insightful advice, considerate relationship management and initiating forward thinking approaches to managing and conserving our land and buildings. Agreeing and progressing access rights and boundary disputes, conception and progression of diversification opportunities, working with restrictive covenants and occasional valuations, acquisitions and disposals.

Who we're looking for

  • A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Good knowledge of land use, agriculture, asset management and land management
  • Good working knowledge and experience in environmental issues, conservation, sustainable development and approaches to regenerative farming
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including influencing and negotiating
  • Proven ability to analyse, interpret and resolve rural surveying problems using technical knowledge, implementing workable solutions
  • Strong demonstrable consulting skills: listening, building trust and acting to deliver a high-quality service

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

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The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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