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Environment Agency - Solihull - Part Time Estates Surveyor

Job Added: 26 March 2019

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Environment Agency

Starting salary £34,879 per annum pro-rata for part time plus lease car and a generous benefits package


Job description:

Job Ref : 10010.  Permanent vacancy in Solihull (22.2 hrs / 0.6 FTE)

The role

Due to recent internal movement and promotion we have opportunities available for Estates Surveyors based in our Lincoln and Solihull Office, please note that within the next 12 months the Solihull office will change location to Birmingham city centre. 

As an Estates Surveyor you will be an integral part of the Estates Service working directly with our Project Support Officers, Assistant Estates Surveyors and Senior Estates Surveyors.  You will hold a RICS qualification, and have relevant land and property experience.  Whilst working in this role you will be involved in a wide variety of surveying work: this will keep your days varied and interesting whilst building your knowledge and experience.  In your role as an Estates Surveyor, there will be opportunities for you to get involved in some large construction projects where you will be given the opportunity to use your influencing skills and depending on skill and experience you could develop yourself further and even manage them.  You will be involved in wide range of work including our national flood risk programme, looking after various operational projects, manage a diverse land portfolio and be involved in the acquisition and compensation programme for major capital works.  Working as an Estates Surveyor in the Environment Agency will mean that the environment will be at the heart of everything you do: your work will ensure that we maximise our financial profits and drive forward positive environmental outcomes for our local communities.

You will be have the opportunity to mentor other team members, particularly those progressing towards full RICS membership.

You’ll be expected to visit remote field sites around your work area, so you’ll need a willingness to travel and a full UK driving licence, due to the nature of this work a lease car is provided with this role.

About you
You will hold an appropriate RICS qualification (AssocRICS, MRICS or FRICS), and have relevant land and property experience with a proven track record of delivering results in an operational environment.  Your experience will include managing a diverse land and property portfolio, including property management, valuation and dealing with landlord and tenant issues to provide sustainable use and deliver best practice.  You’ll also have a good understanding of planning, property and compensation legislation and of compulsory purchase procedures.  You’ll be able to provide advice on land and compensation matters to minimise project risk and compensation liabilities.  As a confident negotiator, you will be able to secure access and appropriate interests, along with settling compensation claims.  With an up-to-date knowledge of current legislation and best practice, you’re able to support other members of your team and provide advice on surveying matters.  You’re a credible and enthusiastic communicator with good networking skills, building strong networks and influencing a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders for the effective resolution of issues.  You will be adept at balancing and prioritising a varied workload ensuring that tasks are achieved. 

About us

We operate at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives. We reduce the risks to people and properties from flooding; make sure there is enough water for people and wildlife; protect and improve air, land and water quality and apply the environmental standards within which industry can operate. From regulating major industry to improving water quality, from reducing pollution incidents to the regulation of waste management activities, it’s our job to create a better place for people and wildlife.

The Estates Service offers professional support for Environment Agency land, property, compensation and valuation matters.  Our experienced Chartered Surveyors specialise in negotiating access to sites so that our frontline colleagues can do their vital work.  We deal with compensation claims from land and property owners where they have suffered loss as a consequence of the Environment Agency's work.  We also manage the Environment Agency's own landholdings and provide a comprehensive valuation service.

Diversity: It’s in our Nature

We are passionate about employing people from all backgrounds that reflect the diverse communities we serve. We aspire to be the best employer in the country for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and want all our staff to feel valued and respected and to see this as a great place to work. From our EDI executive champions to our EDI employee networks, everyone has a part to play to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in our organisation. Diversity: it’s in our nature. Help us make a difference in an organisation that embraces difference and values everyone.

We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.

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 pension scheme (18.5% contributions from us);
  • Holiday allowance related 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;
  • Leave for examinations, approved studies, public duties, special/reserve forces, environmental work, trade union representatives and health and safety representatives;
  • 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;
  • Occupational health benefits, including counselling and advisory service, eye care service and access to our employee assistance service;
  • Interest free loans for season tickets and/or bicycles and safety equipment;
  • Childcare vouchers scheme;
  • Subsidised sports and social clubs;
  • Up to two days paid environmental outcome days each year. These give you the opportunity to take part in community activities with a clear environmental outcome for people and wildlife;
  • Other rewards, including shopping, leisure, fitness, finance and travel benefits and discounts;
  • Continuous service - We recognise employment service from organisations that are included in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government, etc) ((Modification) Order 1999 as amended. Otherwise known as the Modification Order. 

If you currently work for one of these organisations your service with them will be recognised with us.

We will support your continued personal and professional development too: we’ll put a formal development plan in place for you and help you to identify and address any skills gaps.


For more information about this role, the Estates team and the Environment Agency you can download the candidate information pack.  The pack also includes some useful information to help you apply.

If you have any further enquiries about this role please email

The closing date for applications is 28 April 2019, we expect to be holding interviews mid to late May.

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