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Job Description

A Rural Surveyor will manage an estate to ensure that it complies with the law, relating to land, tenancy, environment, planning, buying and selling. They will also advise on estate management, forestry and woodland, conservation and agricultural matters and will advise if non-agricultural land can be sold for other uses such as leisure or other businesses.

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: 

  • geographic information science
  • land management
  • land use and environmental management
  • rural property management
  • surveying

If you have a non-accredited degree, like economics, law or maths, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying through an employer's graduate trainee scheme, or through university study.

If you don't have a degree-level qualification, you could still apply to RICS for a professional assessment of your qualifications and experience. If successful, you could gain the RICS Associate (AssocRICS) qualification and membership. 

You could also qualify as an agricultural surveyor by taking a degree or postgraduate course recommended by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV)

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.

Career Path and Progression

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. 

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  • Ecologist
  • Estates officer
  • Land and property valuer and auctioneer
  • Land surveyor
  • Minerals surveyor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • The ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Good management skills
  • A keen interest in conservation and agriculture matters
  • The ability to identify and resolve problems
  • Good IT skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Excellent negotiating skills

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £45,000

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