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Estates Surveyor

The National Trust for Scotland
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1 Mar 2021
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National Trust for Scotland – South and West Scotland – Estate Surveyor

Company: National Trust for Scotland

Location: Greenbank, Glasgow

National Trust for Scotland

NTS is an independent charity and Scotland’s largest membership organisation, that protects and shares some of our country’s most precious historic places and natural landscapes.

Since 1931, we’ve pioneered public access to and shared ownership of some of the most magnificent buildings, collections and habitats in Scotland. We care for ancient houses, battlefields, castles, mills, gardens, coastlines, islands, mountain ranges and all the communities, plants and animals which depend upon them.

Alongside these visited properties is a wide and varied property asset portfolio managed as a part of the efficient and sustainable business, which supports the conservation needs. The emphasis of the role will be on this portfolio of property.

The Role:

A rare opportunity has arisen for an Estate Surveyor to join the NTS, responsible for providing asset management consultancy advice and estate surveying support to the Trust’s Regional and Property teams.  With an office at Greenbank, Glasgow, the role requires travel to various sites across the region.

The Estate Surveyor will be part of the National Estates Management Team reporting to the National Estates Manager and will work closely with the regional Operational management teams covering the Trust’s South and West Region which extends from Arduaine Garden in the North to Rockcliffe in the South and includes some of Scotland’s most loved and iconic places including Culzean Castle, Threave Garden & Estate and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide a wide range of property asset management consultancy advice and support, carrying out connected tasks to further the management of a substantial portfolio with responsibility primarily for the leased agricultural, residential and commercial assets, including instigating and negotiating rent reviews, lease renewals and other landlord and tenant matters.
  • Continued advances in activity, identifying opportunities, maximising rental income, improving efficiency, delivering value for money and progressing complex negotiations.
  • Provide the risk management, legislative support and the necessary assurance to ensure activities are in line with Trust policies and procedures, best practice and the external requirements on the Trust, helping to deliver a consistent approach across all activities.
  • Provision of timely and accurate reporting, including Financial reporting, working with Managers to set, manage and report on budgets.
  • Management of Conservation Agreements within the Region, including reporting to the Conservation Agreement Scrutiny Panel where required.
  • Effective stakeholder management

Skills and experience:

  • RICS /CAAV qualified with a minimum of 3 years demonstrable successful post qualification experience in property asset management, including rural estates
  • Self-starter with proactive and resourceful capabilities and capable of working effectively within a team dynamic and able to work remotely
  • Commercially aware and able to negotiate independently and effectively
  • Proven effective problem-solving skills
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written, at all levels
  • Resilient, flexible and with a positive outlook
  • Strong understanding of landlord and tenant law and practice, and property compliance

We can offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a fascinating and challenging workload

For a full Job Description and to apply for this position in confidence: to complete an application form.

Please submit a covering letter with your application, marked for the attention of the National Estates Manager.


The Trust has gone on to become Scotland's largest membership organisation and a leader in conserving and promoting the nation's treasured places and collections so that they can be enjoyed by present and future generations.

The properties we care for straddle a timeframe that stretches from the earliest geological processes to the Mesolithic and on into the 20th century.  We have a presence in every corner of Scotland; from the most northerly tip of Shetland to the south coast of Dumfries and Galloway; from the eastern shore of the country at St Abb’s Head to the most westerly islands of St Kilda in the Atlantic Ocean, 64 kilometres from the nearest landfall.

The Trust’s responsibilities encompass:

  • architectural wonders;
  • coastlines, which along with 400 islands and islets, provide habitats for over one million seabirds;
  • natural and designed landscapes and all the wildlife they contain;
  • 190,000 acres of countryside;
  • 46 Munro mountains;
  • 394 miles of mountain footpaths;
  • 10,000 archaeological sites
  • 35 major gardens nurturing 13,500 plant varieties;
  • seven national nature reserves;
  • 45 sites of special scientific interest;
  • St Kilda, Britain's only dual World Heritage Site;
  • battlefields which changed the course of history;
  • collections of fine art and more than 100,000 precious artefacts representing both the highest levels of craftsmanship and the prosaic needs of lives once lived.

Together, these places and objects tell the stories of Scotland and the Scots; how our people travelled and interacted with the wider world, taking with them their energy and values and returning with new ideas and valuable artefacts.

Without the Trust's involvement many of these stories, places and things would have been lost forever.

Appropriately enough for a charity which looks after important battlefields, the Trust itself is constantly at war. There is a never-ending struggle to fund conservation work – it is estimated that the Trust needs over £90 every minute of every day just to maintain the properties in its care. There is also conflict on the micro-level as conservators and other specialists try to roll back the continual offensives launched by time, wind, water, ice and voracious insects.

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