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Land Agent (2X)

Employer
Natural England
Location
Lancaster House, Telford, Worcester, York
Salary
£32,438
Closing date
11 Jan 2022
Reference
169985

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You will be part of the National Operations National Nature Reserve Team

Natural England requires 2 Chartered Surveyor roles leading traditional Land Agency into the world of natural capital and ecosystem services.

Free from fee target pressure

• Flexible working opportunities
• Roles at the forefront of the Natural Capital sector
• Multiple roles available with potential for one of these to be pre-qualified
• Post qualified starting salary range of £32,438.

* Whilst it is NE’s policy to appoint at salary minimum a higher starting salary within the pay range may be considered for exceptional candidates

This is an opportunity to work for the Estate Management arm of Natural England who hold a mixed leasehold and freehold estate of some 64,000ha of land, workshops, offices, and other buildings. The Estate comprises 143 National Nature Reserves (NNR’s) covering some of the most important and iconic wildlife sites in England.

Chartered Surveyors are essential to the Estate fulfilling its conservation and income potential whilst meeting the organisations legal obligations and providing value for money. You will be joining a national team of Surveyors/Land Agents working across the country and be part of a wider team of conservation professionals. Each role covers a particular geographic patch with these roles predominantly looking to cover the West Midlands and the North East.

The roles offer flexibility for home or office working or a mixture of the two. Offices are located within each geographic patch including Newcastle, York, Leeds, Worcester, and Telford. You would be expected to work out of one of these offices for a minimum number of days a week.

Key areas of work include:

• Professional advice on Estate casework matters including the provision of advice on legal and valuation matters or engagement of internal and external advisers on such matters.

• Income generation - explore traditional and new potential of Estate assets and drive forward opportunities from emerging environmental markets such as Biodiversity Net Gain.

• Estate Management - manage all tenure casework for a particular geographic area.

• Acquisitions and declarations - advise the relevant geographic team on NNR acquisitions and National Nature Reserve designation

• Direct Payments (Basic Payment Scheme) – during the Agricultural Transition assist in preparing the Estates Direct Payments claim and abiding by the Scheme’s regulations

• NNR records - updating and maintaining of property records and mapping.

• Finance - work with support staff to deliver accurate payments and receipts from the Estate tenure and assist with procurement for valuation and other contracts.

• Contribute to reviews and updates of upcoming Government policy and Estate Management procedures.

• Professional advice - the post holder will provide formal and informal advice to others on casework matters related to the management of the Natural England estate. This will involve working with our Area Teams, NNR staff and the National NNR team.

Specialist Skills

• You will be a qualified member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will be required to keep professional membership up to date. Professional membership of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers is not essential but preferable.

• Knowledge and experience of property management, preferably rural, including legal and valuation matters and working with a range of landowners, occupiers and farmers will be valuable

• Experience in all aspects of Rural Estate Management of a wide and varied portfolio: -

Key Competencies

Personal Effectiveness

• Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.

• Be decisive; combine your professional judgement with evidence to inform your decision making.

• Progress your personal development and take responsibility for keeping your knowledge and expertise current

Work delivery

• Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines

• Consider the financial implications of your work and seek income from our products and services

Collaborating and partnerships

• Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver Natural England’s vision, mission and aims

• This includes building partnerships, negotiation skills, team working, demonstrating honesty and integrity

Decision making

• Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence

• This includes demonstrating flexibility, objectivity impartiality and weighing up risk best available evidence and pragmatism to get things

Specialist Skills

• You will be a qualified member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will be required to keep professional membership up to date. Professional membership of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers is not essential but preferable.

Description

Use clear and appropriate language, communication styles and techniques that engage your audience.

• Be decisive; combine your professional judgement with evidence to inform your decision making.
• Progress your personal development and take responsibility for keeping your knowledge and expertise current

Description

• Manage and deliver your workload to meet agreed targets and deadlines
• Consider the financial implications of your work and seek income from our products and services

Description

• Nurture trusting partnerships and collaborate to achieve pragmatic outcomes that help deliver Natural England’s vision, mission and aims
• This includes building partnerships, negotiation skills, team working, demonstrating honesty and integrity

Description

• Make and explain objective decisions which combine your professional judgement and evidence
• This includes demonstrating flexibility, objectivity impartiality and weighing up risk best available evidence and pragmatism to get things

Description

• You will be a qualified member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will be required to keep professional membership up to date. Professional membership of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers is not essential but preferable.

Responsibilities

Please refer to Job Description

Qualifications

RICS Qualified

Memberships

RICS Qualified

Benefits

• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

Please refer to Job Description

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact

Name :   Michael Woodhouse

Email :   michael.woodhouse@naturalengland.org.uk

Telephone :   07833 500908

Recruitment team : Email :   defra-recruitment-enquiries@gov.sscl.com

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