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Estates Surveyor

Environment Agency
Exeter or Reading
£37,462 per annum and a generous benefits package
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

Estates Surveyor - Thames & South West Hub (Maternity Cover)

Salary: £37,462 per annum and a generous benefits package

Contract: Full time, Part Time, Part time Term Time, Job Share, up to 12-month fixed term contract

Locations: Based in Exeter or Reading

Job reference: 25216

The role

We have an Estate Surveyor fixed term contract available based in either Exeter or Reading.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to provide professional Estates expertise across all aspects of the Environment Agency’s business. You will be involved in a wide variety of surveying work, keeping your days varied and interesting while building your knowledge and experience.

You will be the surveying expert working collaboratively within project teams helping deliver an ambitious programme of capital flood defence works investing £5.2 billion nationwide better protecting 336,000 households from flood risk (2021-27). You’ll be involved at all stages of project delivery from feasibility through to completion.

Your surveying expertise will also be applied to managing a diverse land and property portfolio, including property management, valuation and dealing with landlord and tenant issues. As a confident negotiator, you will also represent our interests externally with a broad customer and client base in Estate management.

With an up-to-date knowledge of current legislation and best practice, you’ll provide strong technical guidance and support to other members of your team on surveying matters. You will also be supported to develop both personally and professionally.

Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents, or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.

This role isn’t just about providing professional surveying expertise, it’s about playing an exciting and evolving role in making a long-term difference.

About you

Experience working as a Surveyor in a professional estates service, you'll be FAAV accredited or hold an appropriate RICS qualification (MRICS/FRICS/CAAV) from a relevant sector Pathway e.g. Land and Resources, Commercial or Rural. You'll be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in one or more of these areas:

• Good understanding of planning, property and compensation legislation and compulsory purchase procedures.

• Provide advice on land and compensation matters to minimise project risk and compensation liabilities. Negotiating access to land, securing appropriate interests and settling compensation claims.

• Manage diverse land and property portfolio including property management, valuation and landlord and tenant issues to ensure sustainable land use.

•  Knowledge of current legislation and best practice, enabling you to provide specialist advice.

• Confident communicator, able to engage professionally, efficiently and effectively with internal and external customers.

• Well-developed negotiation and dispute resolution skills.

About us

The Estates service extends to 125 people, offering professional support for Environment Agency land, property, compensation and valuation matters. We are core to the delivery of the Agency's £5.2 billion capital programme to better protect 330,000 homes. Our experienced teams specialise in negotiating access, dealing with compensation claims from land and property owners where they have suffered loss as a consequence of our work.

We also manage the Agency's landholdings, which extends to 26,000 hectares.

The rewards      

As well as the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment, you can look forward to a competitive package with a range of benefits. These include:

• a generous career average salary pension scheme (currently 19% contributions from us);

• holiday allowance linked to grade and length of service, rising from 25 days to 30 days per year, plus 8 statutory public and bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees);

•  generous enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes;

• a range of flexible working options including flexi-time; these depend on business needs, but our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance.

We will support your continued personal and professional development too and we’ll put a formal development plan in place for you and help you to identify and address any skills gaps. We are committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.

For more information

The competencies we will assess are ‘Achieves Results’, ‘Focus on Customers and partners’, ‘Communicates Effectively’, and ‘Coaches Others’. You can learn more about these competencies in our capability dictionary:

If you would like to find out more about this role and the Environment Agency, you can download the Candidate Information pack, which contains some useful information that may help you when applying for this position and the careers website at

For further information, you can email the Estates Recruitment Team:

A full and valid driving licence is essential. Regular travel, including site visits to some remote locations, is required. You'll be provided with a vehicle to carry out this work if required.

Closing date for applications is 2 February 2023. Interviews will take place via MS Teams on 24 February 2023.

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