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Forestry Commission - Hampshire - Assistant Land Agent

Job Added: 21 November 2018

To apply:

Main Contact:
Ed Johnson


Forestry Commission

£33,139 to £36,060

Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7NH

Job description:

Working pattern:


37 hours per week

Are you a chartered rural surveyor looking for variety, responsibility and fresh challenges?

The Forestry Commission is seeking someone with proven rural estate management experience to join their land agent team in South England. 

South England Forest District is part of the wider Forestry Commission - the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. We manage 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate across southern England, including the New Forest.

Alongside our traditional timber production the District:

  • offers recreational opportunities for people to enjoy dozens of beautiful woodlands;
  • protects and enhances valuable habitats for the benefit of wildlife; and
  • delivers economic growth by supporting local businesses and rural employment.

We’re looking for an Assistant Land Agent to be part of a team that delivers the professional support and advice associated with such a diverse rural estate.

Purpose of the Job
The Assistant Land Agent will work within the Estates Team to deliver professional property advice across the District. As one of four land agents you will be advising forest operations and recreation teams on a wide range of legal and estate management matters. A strong collaborative approach to land management issues will be an important part of this role.

The successful applicant with need to be solution orientated, capable of working independently as well as with a wide range of stakeholders and partners such as landlords, tenants, members of the public, external consultants and statutory bodies.  

You will help to identify and develop new opportunities across the estate, making a real contribution to our economic, social and environmental objectives.

Key Work Areas
Our estate varies from commercial plantation and ancient broadleaved woodlands to large recreational visitor centres, let cottages, agricultural holdings, telecomms and energy generation sites. Likewise, your day to day work will span a huge range of topics but will always demand delivering first class professional advice to maximise the potential of this range of let and in hand property.

As one of our land agents you will:

  • manage landlord/tenant relationships to complete efficient and timely rent reviews, lease renewals and new lettings on sporting agreements, recreational sites, cottages and grazing agreements;
  • investigate and protect the Forestry Commission’s interests in relation to access, encroachments, boundary disputes and claims;
  • improve the financial and environmental sustainability of the Estate; and
  • interpret leases from both a landlord and tenant’s perspective and offer sound professional advice to colleagues. 

Benefits of working for the Forestry Commission

  • Attractive working environment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 25 days annual leave in addition to 10.5 days public and privilege days
  • CPD and professional membership support
  • Access to further CPD resources including Civil Service Learning as a member of the Government Property Profession

Next steps:

For further information and to apply for this exciting opportunity please visit Civil Service Jobs or contact

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