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TFA - England/Wales - Rural Surveyor (Adviser)

Job Description:


The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is seeking to employ a Rural Surveyor to join its expanding team of Advisers to provide advice, information, support and representation to TFA members.

The role provides a unique opportunity for individuals with a strong interest and affinity with the tenanted sector of agriculture. On a daily basis, TFA Advisers are dealing with a wide range of interesting cases, often at the cutting edge of practice in this area and also feeding in to wider understanding, changes to regulations and legislation and the way in which Government and other institutions interact with the landlord/tenant sector of agriculture. The views of the TFA are sought out by Government, research institutions, public authorities, major landlords such as the National Trust, Duchy of Cornwall and Church Commissioners and by the media both within the farming world and more generally. All of this is informed by the day-to-day work of the TFA Advisory team in its ongoing interactions with grassroots members.

Covering England and Wales, the TFA also offers the successful candidate with opportunities to attend and speak at agricultural shows, technical events, conferences and member meetings. Our new TFA plus initiative also provides an opportunity for our rural surveyors to act on behalf of our members on a not-for-profit basis.

Candidate Specification

We are looking to appoint a rural surveyor that shares the ethos of the TFA and our determination to provide TFA members with a high-quality level of service.

We are seeking candidates who are enthusiastic, professional, highly organised and motivated for this important role which involves day-to-day interaction with members of the Association who are seeking advice, information and support. Ideally candidates should have previous experience in advisory or advocacy roles within the farming community.

The successful candidate will be expected to advise members on a wide range of landlord/tenant and other land occupancy issues including contract farming and share farming.

An affinity with the agricultural industry and a demonstrable ability to work flexibly in a small team, often independently, will also be requirements for the post.

Applicants must have attained at least their MRICS and/or qualified as a FAAV.


  • Providing advice, information and support to members of the Association who will contact TFA Head Office through a variety of means including by telephone, post, email and in face to face meetings.
  • In addition to providing TFA members with advice under the annual subscription, developing and progressing the TFA+ initiative providing professional rural surveying services to TFA members on a chargeable basis.
  • Producing and updating advisory publications, blogs and videos for Association members including Guidance Notes, Briefing Notes and contributing to regular TFA Newsletters and E-briefings.
  • Keeping TFA staff and officers informed of major issues and problems being reported by members.
  • Speaking at meetings arranged by the Association and at meetings arranged by other bodies.
  • Representing the TFA in meetings and discussions with outside bodies including Government Departments and Agencies.

Employment Details

  • The role is offered on a full-time basis either based at the Association’s head office in Theale or from home. If working from home, the Adviser will be expected to attend the office from time to time with reasonable travel and accommodation costs being covered by the TFA.
  • The starting salary will be £30,000 per year subject to annual review on 01 April. Candidates with a particularly strong skill in agricultural landlord/tenant may be considered for a higher starting salary.
  • The Adviser will report to the TFA’s Chief Executive and join a team of other advisers, both with rural surveying and policy experience.
  • Working hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, however, the Adviser will be expected to travel and attend events and meetings outside normal working hours, sometimes staying away from home overnight for one or more nights. Reasonable travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the Association.
  • From time to time, the Adviser will be expected to carry out duties not directly part of their own job description.
  • Holiday entitlement will be 25 days per year (taken at times agreeable to the Association) together with all English Public and Bank Holidays.
  • Unless the Adviser decides to opt out, they will be auto-enrolled into the TFA Workplace Pension.
  • The TFA will pay for RICS and CAAV annual subscriptions and opportunities for continuing professional development.

Annual salary to be discussed depending on experience.

Recruitment Process

Applications in writing with full CVs and details of current remuneration by Friday, 13 August 2021 to: Sharon Dunn, TFA, 5 Brewery Court, Theale, Reading, RG7 5AJ Tel: (0118) 930 6130 email:

Interviews: End of August 2021

Start Date: by October 2021

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