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Salary: £16000.00 to £37000.00 average per year
Hours: 30 to 40 per week
Description: Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Rural practice surveyors provide practical and strategic knowledge to a range of clients involved in rural land and property. They can work across a number of areas or specialise including: • agriculture • professional services e.g. valuation • forestry • estate/property management Some of the work relates to estate management and professional consultancy and alternative job titles include land agent, forester, environmental consultant and property manager.

Farm Secretary

Salary: £16000.00 to £37000.00 average per year
Hours: 30 to 40 per week
Description: Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need National 5s (or equivalent) at grades A to C in English and Maths.

You'll also need experience of office administration and knowledge of bookkeeping.

You could take a college course in secretarial work, business administration, bookkeeping or accounting. You could also take a short course with the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators.

Lantra Scotland (LINK) has more information about working in the farming industry.

Skills Required

  • IT skills
  • Spoken and written communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
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Typical Day

You'll be responsible for budgets, accounting, recording and monitoring, and other financial aspects of a farm business.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • Using tailor-made agricultural business software
  • Keeping records of livestock and crops, to help with planning future crop and stock levels
  • Applying for government grants and subsidies
  • Preparing farm business accounts and tax returns
  • Dealing with wages and personnel records
  • Costing, ordering and paying for equipment and supplies
  • Typing, filing and other general administrative tasks
  • Keeping up to date with farming, health and safety and tax laws

You might work full-time on a large farm or estate as a resident secretary, or you could be a freelance mobile secretary for more than one farm.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

You'll usually work Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Part-time or freelance work for more than one employer is more common.

You'll need your own transport if you're a mobile farm secretary, to travel between employers.

Career Path

With experience, you could become a farm manager.

You could also move into other types of rural business, like stables or countryside management, or use your business and administrative skills in other industries.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor