RSPB • Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire - Remote

Rural Surveyor

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £30,940 – £40,040 per annum

4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

We have a wonderful opportunity for an experienced and self-motivated Rural Surveyor to join the RSPB England’s Land Team. The successful applicant will become part of an England-wide team of 11 Rural Surveyors. You will manage a specific portfolio of properties and support the wider delivery of departmental casework nationwide. This role can be home-based, supporting work across the Northern Region. Recruits will be expected to travel regularly to their patches.


Employees benefit from flexible working while maintaining a sensible home/work balance. There are various options, such as flexitime, TOIL, and parental leave. After 5 years of continuous service, and each 5 years thereafter, all employees are entitled to a 4-week sabbatical. A chance to take time out of your busy day-to-day job to research, volunteer, learn a new skill or travel. RSPB are proud to be awarded a Great British Workplace Wellbeing Award for ‘Best Mental Wellbeing Initiative’ in March 2023.

Key Responsibilities:

Land and Property Management: - Carrying out due diligence to identify, mitigate and manage the legal, reputational and financial aspects of rural property over land, buildings, offices and business premises, including rent reviews, repairing obligations, landlord consents, land management contracts, and compliance with grant conditions. Advising on agricultural matters and farming systems, agri-environment agreement work, granting leases and licences, e.g. sporting, fishing, grazing, negotiating wayleaves and easements.

Reserve acquisition work. - Appraising, negotiating and concluding acquisitions to establish new reserves, extend existing reserves, and acquire property, e.g. offices, workshops, farm buildings and residential properties by purchase, lease or management agreement and include land and building valuations.

Land and property disposal. - Appraising, advising and delivering on the acquisition of land alongside the delivery of the disposal of land, houses, offices and properties that are surplus to operational need.

Risk management and project support. - Supporting the development and implementation of systems to manage the RSPB’s exposure to legal, reputational and financial risk arising from its land and property operations. Undertaking internal audits to ensure compliance with agri-environment grant schemes. Provided professional support to area teams and project managers and assisted in producing codes of practice and guidance for staff.

Team working. - The England Rural Surveyors work together with a strong team ethos, enthusiasm and dedication and share professional expertise, knowledge and information at regular Team meetings. You will work alongside the building surveyors and support the Area Managers and their teams. You will be encouraged to be out of the office, providing professional advice to staff, to minimise risk and optimise financial returns for the RSPB nature reserves. You will demonstrate initiative, motivation and flair to spot income opportunities.

RSPB will support you in maintaining your RICS qualification and provide in-house and external support to meet CPD requirements. Some site visits will involve overnight stays away from home.


• Chartered member of RICS (Rural) or another equivalent professional organisation.
• Demonstrable post-qualification knowledge of estate management, land and property acquisition and disposal work in the rural environment.
• An up-to-date understanding of agricultural subsidy schemes in England and associated cross-compliance requirements.
• Knowledge of project management principles and their application.
• Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing complex estate management issues to all levels within RSPB and to external audiences.
• Ability to make quick, pragmatic and practical decisions/recommendations/alternatives based on sound analysis and reason.
• Ability to positively influence wider audiences and demonstrate internal and external credibility.
• Ability to negotiate and achieve the required corporate outcomes.
• An awareness of the requirements of the Charities’ Act, guidance and learning opportunities can be given.
• Ability to manage and prioritise high volume competing objectives, work alone and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
• Ability to travel widely including by car and public transport and this role will require occasional overnight stays away from home.

Additional Information

• Closing date - 11th April 2024.
• Interview dates will be confirmed at a later date.
• Contact for further information: elizabeth.bridge@rspb.org.uk

You will be required to complete an online application form where you will have the opportunity to explain how you meet the criteria set above.

RSPB Commitment: The RSPB is committed to training and development, supporting appropriate CPD, and covering annual membership fees for one professional body (e.g., RICS or CAAV).

We seek applications from individuals identifying as people of colour and/or disabled, as they are currently underrepresented in the sector.

Please read through the candidate guidance notes attached to this advert before applying.

We reserve the right to close this advert at any time.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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