Assistant Area Land Agent - (North and East Sotland)


Job Title : Assistant Area Land Agent - (North and East Sotland)
Location : Scotland
Company : Forestry and Land Scotland
Salary :
Open Date : 2022-10-20
Close Date : 2023-02-20
Details Reference number 246026 Salary £36,698 - £39,522 Job grade Other Pay Band 4 Contract type Permanent Business area FLS - Land Management Type of role Planning Working pattern Full-time Number of jobs available 2



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Job summary

Are you working in Estate Management and looking to progress your career?

Do you enjoy working with people and would you like to be based in one of the most picturesque parts of the country?

If so, we have opportunities for you to join our teams in our North Region which covers most of the Scottish Highlands and East Region which covers Perthshire through to the Moray Coast.

With more than 15 land agents, Estates Development plays an important role in supporting the sustainability of activities across the forests and land managed by FLS. Our Land Agents managed varied portfolio of agreements, including renewables, telecoms, agricultural, crofting, residential and mineral leases. We offer one of the most varied rural Estates portfolios in Scotland.

You will be part of and support a multi-disciplinary team of over 100 staff within the Delivery (forestry, wildlife, civil engineers and environment teams) Planning and Visitor Services teams.

We will provide a suitable base to achieve Incorporated Membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

If you are interested then please see the attached job description and success profile for further information.


Job description

We are looking to recruit a Full Time Assistant Area Land Agent to join our team in the North Region – an area which covers most of the Highland region – and an Assistant Area Land Agent to join our team in the East Region – an area which covers Perthshire, Angus, Moray, North Fife and Aberdeenshire. You will report directly to the Area Land Agent in the Region, working closely to meet team objectives using an inclusive and collaborative approach. You will be additionally supported by the Land Agency Programme Manager within the national Estate Development team.

There is dedicated administration support to the land agency team within the Region as well as local colleagues that the post holder will work with including our building surveyor, foresters, forest planners, civil engineers and our visitor services staff. The post-holder will also liaise as required with our national team colleagues.

The North Region post will ideally be based in either our Smithton (Inverness) or Golspie offices, but it should be possible to be based elsewhere in the North Region. The East Region post will ideally be based in our Dunkeld or Durris Offices but it should be possible to be based elsewhere in the East Region. A blend of office and home working will be considered favourably. Both roles will involve regular travel across the respective Regions with occasional visits to other sites and offices. Occasional overnight stays may be required, for example if attending training events.

Person specification



  • Experience of rural surveying or land agency with a practical understanding of Scots Law
  • Ability to analyse, interpret and resolve problems and to develop and implement practical solutions
  • Ability to interpret legal documentation and other data sources to give reasoned competent advice
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to build and maintain effective and supportive relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders


  • Practical understanding of sustainable and integrated asset management
  • An understanding of the tools and principles of project management and their application
  • Experience of working on significant renewable and utility infrastructure projects
  • Experience of sustainable forest and land management with an understanding of Scottish Government policies and priorities relevant to the management of the Scotland’s national forests and land.



  • A working understanding of Scots Law and its application to the management of Scotland’s Forests and Land.
  • Full professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS or FRICS) or a commitment to work towards chartered status within a set period.
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages including Word and Excel.


  • A degree in Rural Estate Management or equivalent land-based qualification.
  • An understanding of Scottish Government policies and priorities relevant to the management of Scotland’s forests and land.
  • Ability to use GIS and other IT systems that support property and asset management


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

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Selection process details Please see our recruitment portal for further details.

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles. The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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