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Description: Country side rangers take care of the land, facilities and ecology of land to which the public have access. The Ranger will work with the public accessing the land.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00
Hours: 37 hours a week but there may be weekend and evening work.
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Description: Rural Estate Agents provide practical and strategic knowledge to a range of clients involved in buying and selling rural land and property. They can work across a number of areas or specialise including: agricultural, valuation, forestry, residential, commercial. They advise the seller and arrange for the sale of the property, and ultimately negotiate between the seller and buyer.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: 8.30 – 5.30 Monday –Friday.
Description: Farm secretaries are responsible for the day-to-day running of the business side of farms.
Salary: £16000.00 to £37000.00 average per year
Hours: 30 to 40 per week
Description: Rural surveyors value the assets of farms and estates, advise clients on legal and tax issues, and plan and develop land use.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
Description: Rural practice surveyors etc. 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.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: 0830 to 1730, Monday to Friday
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Estate Agent

Description: Rural Estate Agents provide practical and strategic knowledge to a range of clients involved in buying and selling rural land and property. They can work across a number of areas or specialise including: agricultural, valuation, forestry, residential, commercial. They advise the seller and arrange for the sale of the property, and ultimately negotiate between the seller and buyer.
Salary: £20000.00 to £45000.00 average per year
Hours: 8.30 – 5.30 Monday –Friday.

Entry Requirements

Although often urban estate agencies do not require specific qualifications, for rural estate agents, many candidates enter the profession with a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Relevant subjects include:

·       Rural estate and land management

·       Land economy

·       Rural business management

        Agriculture

Studying an accredited course shortens the length of time you have to spend in professional training, which lasts at least one year. Some courses include a placement year, which may be with an employer approved by RICS.

Some HND and foundation degrees in land and property studies are acceptable for Associate/RICS status, but they will usually have to be topped-up to degree level in a relevant subject to earn chartered status.

Accredited postgraduate conversion courses are offered for those who did not complete an accredited first degree. Distance learning part-time courses are also available for those who may want to study while working.

RICS has more information about becoming an estate agent.

Skills Required

  • knowledge of the value of land and agricultural business
  • the ability to get on with people at all levels
  • negotiation and selling skills
  • organisational and administration skills
  • knowledge of agriculture
  • maths skills

Typical Day

  • Negotiating between sellers and buyers
  • Visiting clients
  • Creating maps using geographical information systems (GIS), satellite imaging and precision measuring instruments.
  • Assisting with valuations for clients, covering property, machinery, crops and livestock. Valuations are usually done for sale, insurance, taxation or compensation purposes
  • Arranging viewings and follow-up
  • Generating sales leads

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

Office work and a lot of your time will be spent visiting clients on farms or estates, which could mean early starts and late finishes.

Career Path

Once you have passed your APC your choice of career path tends to narrow with specialisation. With experience and a good sales record in estate agency, you could be promoted from sales negotiator to senior negotiator and then branch manager.

Larger chains of estate agents may offer more opportunities for promotion than smaller companies.

In general smaller firms generally offer a broader mix of experience without the need to specialise but fewer opportunities to develop highly-specialised knowledge and expertise.

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