Estates Surveyor - South Hub - 23404

South East
Guildbourne House
Staff Grade 5
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Part Time Term Time
Estates, Surveying
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.

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.
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.
Experience working as a Surveyor in a professional estates service, you'll hold an appropriate RICS qualification (AssocRICS/MRICS/FRICS) from relevant sector Pathways e.g. Land and Resources, Commercial or Rural or equivalent level of experience with commitment to complete your qualification. 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.
The competencies being assessed 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.

Interviews will take place via MS Teams in late September 2022.

21/08/2022, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Achieves Results
Sets and delivers high work standards and demonstrates the drive to meet delivery targets. Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

This role will include involvement in delivering our programme of Flood Risk capital projects.

In no more than 250 words, using a specific example, please describe how you have delivered a successful piece of work/project while overcoming challenges or obstacles.

Please note your answer will be used for interview selection.
Focuses on Customers and Partners
Identifies and addresses the needs of internal and external customers, providing rapid and effective responses.

This role will liaise and collaborate with a diverse range of internal and external customers and partners.

In no more than 250 words, please describe an occasion when you have used your knowledge and understanding of a particular customer/client to improve the service you provided for them.

Please note your answer will be used for interview selection.
Communicates Effectively
Listens and questions to understand and engage. Conveys information and ideas clearly, accurately and persuasively through speech and writing.

This role will provide liaison between many different parties and will involve the successful communication of complex information and position.

In no more than 250 words, please describe an occasion where you have had to employ different methods of communication to ensure your client(s) understood the information in the context of the overall desired outcome.

Please note your answer will be used for interview selection.
Coaches Others
Uses a variety of methods, including direct instruction, coaching and feedback skills to help others to develop.

We place huge emphasis on the importance of technical knowledge and value the surveying skills you will bring to the organisation. This role will rely on your ability to impart that surveying knowledge and skillset within multi-disciplinary teams.

In no more than 250 words, tell us about a time when you’ve supported or mentored a colleague to improve their technical knowledge.

Please note your answer will be used for interview selection.
A valid driving licence is required for this role.
RICS (Assoc RICS/MRICS/FRICS) - from relevant sector Pathways e.g. Land and Resources, Commercial or Rural.
please detail in the qualifications section of the application form any relevant professional membership(s)/qualifications and the specialisms in which you have experience (e.g. Rural surveyor).
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.