Building Surveying

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From castles and mansions to barns, lighthouses and historic buildings - if you’re looking for variety and innovative challenges, there’s nowhere better to build a rewarding career in Building Surveying.

We own and manage some of the most significant buildings and structures in the country. Over 28,000 in total with histories spanning over 800 years. With world-class conservation standards, our building surveying teams cover everything from day-to-day maintenance to the delivery of £multi-million redevelopment projects. Right now, we’re investing record sums into improving our special places, delivering ahead-of-the-game sustainability initiatives, property refurbishments and a number of exciting new-build projects. The breadth of work you’ll get involved in as a Building Surveyor here is beyond compare.

We’re investing in our Building Surveying teams as much as we are in our properties, and we’ll make sure you’ll never stop learning and progressing here. Working with like-minded, equally passionate professionals, no two projects are the same and each will bring its own challenges, its own opportunities. We’re committed to helping you further your career and we’ll support you to attend a wide range of courses and gain relevant professional qualifications. If you’re looking for challenging and rewarding surveying work on some of Britain’s finest buildings, you’ll feel professionally at home here.

Typical roles

We have lots of different opportunities in Building Surveying across our special places, regional and central offices and outdoor spaces. These include Building and Landscape Design Manager, Lead Building Surveyor, Building Technician, Construction Design and Management Specialist, Assistant Building Surveyor, Surveying Technician, Head of Buildings – and that’s just to name a few.

Building Surveyor

Working with people in properties and fellow consultants, you’ll provide insightful advice and practical support as you take responsibility for the management of building conservation, repair and maintenance.

Lead Building Surveyor

You’ll play a significant part in giving direction to regional building teams and challenges that we face on a national scale. We have a clear vision for the way we want to manage our building conservation, and you’ll help delivering this.

Construction Design and Management Specialist

As an expert in Construction Design and Management regulations, you’ll advise our property teams on special projects, and help deliver a consistent standard of building, conservation and repair across the National Trust.  

Assistant Building Surveyor Graduate Scheme

240 mansions. 78 mills. 57 villages. 61 pubs and inns. 12 lighthouses – these are just some of the buildings and structures that our Building Surveyors look after.

Join our two year Assistant Building Surveyor Graduate Scheme and you’ll gain valuable first-rate and first-hand experience as you help us deliver conservation work across our stunning portfolio of building assets. If you’ve got excellent communication and teamwork skills, and have the desire to develop your knowledge of Building Surveying, this is an incredible opportunity to earn, learn and gain a recognised professional qualification. Prove yourself as you enable us to care for one of the largest, most varied and most significant collections of built structures anywhere in Europe and you could be offered a full-time permanent position at the end of your training.

Assisting with all aspects of Building Surveying work, including coordinating building condition surveys and preparing specifications and drawings, you’ll support your colleagues across Building Surveying to ensure we meet the needs and demands of our clients. Gaining experience across a diverse built environment, you’ll develop key skills and a wealth of background knowledge that will lead to full professional recognition as a Building Surveyor with either RICS or CIOB. And you can be sure that our passionate and dedicated team will be on hand to support you all the way as you help us protect some of our country’s most treasured buildings and develop a rewarding career.

As part of our response to the coronavirus outbreak we are currently pausing our plans for the recruitment within this training programme. I appreciate this will be disappointing news but please keep an eye on this page for any further updates. In the meantime, if you would like some more information about the roles, take a look at our brochure below.  


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Building Surveying people

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Building Surveyor

    I love the variety of the role – a mix of office time and being out on site. I enjoy dealing with a whole variety of people from farm tenants (and their animals) to conservation architects.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Lead Building Surveyor

    The sheer breadth and variety of building types, materials and sizes within the Trust’s portfolio is unique in the Built environment.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Building Surveyor

    I wanted to spend my career making a difference and having an active involvement in the protection and maintenance of our historic buildings and places.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Assistant Building Surveyor

    No two days are ever the same. In my first month I worked on a Grade I listed castle, World War II gun emplacements and a bath house. Last week we had to tackle a colony of invasive Asian ants infesting a property in South Devon. 

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Assistant Building Surveyor

    Best part of the job? The variety! I love the mix of office and site work and feel very privileged to call the Trust’s beautiful properties ‘site’. I have a real sense of ownership which I haven’t had in my working life before.

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