Looking after the nation's most precious landscapes

Published : Thu 31st Oct

We look after more land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland than any other private landowner, making places and spaces accessible for all to enjoy. As you can imagine, it’s no small task. In fact, it’s a big, important challenge – one which our Rural Surveying team are at the heart of. The management of this huge breadth of land and estate is in their hands – from beautiful landscapes that are pride of the nation to the picture-postcard cottages and residential estates. They explore and advise on how best to take care of our special spaces and places. How to generate vital income from the land without overlooking its crucial conservation needs. And how to look after the bigger picture and important land management strategies, while taking good care of our valued tenants.

We’re proud to have such a vast and diverse portfolio of land including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and spaces that millions of people enjoy. And as we own most of our land forever, our Rural Surveyors have the chance to see exciting and often unique projects through to completion. Right now, we’re completely rethinking how we manage woodland, nature conservation and agriculture. And we’ve invested £24 million into an ambitious residential programme. There’s a lot of cutting-edge projects going on in this area of the business, but being a charity means we have to be savvy with how we use our resources. We cannot afford to be anything less than innovative and forward-thinking in our approach. The team carefully balances commercial aims with a strong appreciation for conservation and public benefit. And as their work is at the forefront of achieving our ambitions, we’re committed to training all of our surveyors to make sure they have the very best professional skills. Bring us imagination, inspiration and innovation and you can have an incredibly rewarding career here at the National Trust as a Rural Surveyor.