​Rural Surveyors are typically responsible for valuing farms and rural areas of land, as well as planning and advising clients on how land should be utilised. Essentially, you are managing the interests of landowners of rural properties to ensure their land is used effectively and efficiently, taking environmental, economical, and financial factors into consideration.

There are a number of areas you can specialise in as a Rural Surveyor including:

  • Agriculture

  • Auctioneering and Valuation

  • Environmental Regulations and Practices

  • Forests

  • Property Management.

​​Rural Surveyor Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of a Rural Surveyor includes:

  • Managing rural estates, such as farm buildings, tenanted dwellings, leisure enterprises, and other businesses

  • Overseeing the development of facilities to ensure they're working efficiently and considering new and alternative uses for redundant buildings

  • Valuing rural land and property, machinery, livestock, trees, and crops

  • Advising clients on the most effective way to market and sell their property and other assets

  • Assisting clients who wish to buy rural properties by providing information about the property, the land, and noting problems that may arise or important legal questions

  • Issuing contracts for different aspects of land management.

You will also need to keep up to date with new national or EU regulations that are likely to affect land use and provide advice to the government, councils, and land users on the policies in place and how emerging regulations and practices may affect business plans.

​​Qualifications and Experience Required to be a Rural Surveyor

​There are various routes for you to choose from to become a Rural Surveyor. This can either be through a university course, an apprenticeship, or a graduate training scheme.

To become a Rural Surveyor, your degree or postgraduate degree qualification will usually need to be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Although your degree does not need to be in a specific subject, some relevant subjects include Rural Business Management, Surveying, Land Use and Environmental Management, or Geography.

To obtain an apprenticeship or graduate training scheme in rural surveying, you will usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs/National 5s at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels/Highers.

Rural Surveyor Salary Expectations

​The national UK salary range for a Rural Surveyor starts at £22,000 and can range up to £43,000 per annum, although this will depend on your experience, the hiring organisation and the location of the job. A Rural Surveyor at Director or Partner level can make up to £60,000 per annum.

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Contact the Property and Surveying Division

Email the Surveying and Property Division at property@stafffinders.co.uk to discuss more about your Rural Surveyor career and the type of job you are looking for.

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