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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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Rural Surveyor

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

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need a professional qualification or a relevant degree, accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Relevant subjects include:

  • Rural property management
  • Land management
  • Geographic information science
  • Land use and environmental management
  • Surveying

If you have a non-accredited degree, like economics or maths, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.

If you don't have a degree-level qualification, you could still apply to RICS for a professional assessment of your qualifications and experience.

Experience of working on the land, for example in farming or conservation, could give you an advantage when looking for work.

RICS has more information about becoming a rural surveyor.

Skills Required

  • Analytical skills
  • IT skills
  • A diplomatic approach
  • Excellent negotiating skills
  • Project management skills

Typical Day

  • The day to day running of an estate
  • Maintaining accounts
  • Producing financial forecasts
  • Dealing with grant and subsidy applications
  • Negotiating land access, with utility, mining or quarrying companies

You might carry out valuations for clients, covering property, machinery, crops and livestock. Valuations are usually done for sale, insurance, taxation or compensation purposes.

You'll arrange auctions of farm property, including the marketing and publicity and conduct auctions on the day.

You might create computer maps of the landscape, using geographical information systems (GIS), satellite imaging and precision measuring instruments.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. A lot of your time will be spent visiting clients on farms or estates, which could mean early starts and late finishes.

Auctions may also take place at weekends to maximise attendance.

You'll need to travel. Clients may be spread over a wide area, so you'll usually need a driving licence.

Career Path

With experience, you could specialise in a particular area of rural surveying, like valuations.

You could move into a senior management position, partnership in a private practice or self-employment as a consultant.

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