23 May

Assistant Area Land Agents Jobs Vacancy at Forestry Commission Coleford

Assistant Area Land Agents
Forestry Commission
Coleford ENG
23 May, 2018 28 days ago

Forestry Commission Coleford urgently required following position for Assistant Area Land Agents. Please read this job advertisement carefully before apply. There are some qualifications, experience and skills requirement that the employers require. Does your career history fit these requirements? Ensure you understand the role you are applying for and that it is suited to your skills and qualifications.

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Assistant Area Land Agents Jobs Vacancy at Forestry Commission Coleford Jobs Details:


Post One: Based at Coleford, Forest of Dean
Post Two: Based at Haldon Forest Park, Exeter.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic Estates team working across a geographically dispersed and highly varied property portfolio, supporting local forest and recreation managers deliver sustainable forest management for the benefit of people, nature and the economy through the delivery of an effective, and efficient estate management service.


West England Forest District manages 37,500ha of the woods and forests in the west and south-west of England. The 136-person strong team is based at the District Office in Coleford, in the Forest of Dean, and is supported by a sub-office at Haldon Forest Park, near Exeter. The operational programmes are delivered by 10 forest beat and 3 recreation hub teams remotely located in offices as far north as Ludlow, and as far south as Bodmin.

The Estates team provides a full and varied range of estate management support to the wider team. The Estates team is geographically split with the Coleford Office predominantly covering public forest estate in the Forest of Dean, as well as north Wiltshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire (including Westonbirt Arboretum, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Shropshire. The Coleford Office is staffed by 1 full time and 1 part time Area Land Agent, an Assistant Area Land Agent [post one], a Buildings Surveyor, and the part-time Deputy Gaveller and Land Surveyor, as well as two Admin Officers.

The Exeter Estates team covers the public forest estate in Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, and is staffed by the Area Land Agent and Assistant Area Land Agent [post two] as well as a Buildings Supervisor and an Admin Officer.

The two teams work in close liaison to share resource and expertise.

The estate has a broad range of commercial, agricultural, sporting, minerals and residential interests as well as a diverse forest management and visitor management backdrop. The built extends to some 100 properties, buildings or structures - including offices, houses, depots and visitor buildings.

The Forest of Dean is unusually complex due to its very long history as a Crown holding and the intimate relationship between historic cottages and communities and the surrounding Forest. The Foresters' Forest, an HLF funded Landscape Partnership Project is delivering profound change to the Forest of Dean that is requiring new thinking and new approaches to grazing, and Post One will be specifically responsible for leading on sheep and grazing management in the Forest (from an Estates perspective).


To support the work of the Area Land Agents and the rest of the estates team in delivering a professional land agency / property management service.


1) Management of the non-forest estate, including in hand and let commercial, agricultural and residential properties;

2) Undertake all landlord and tenant matters including negotiation of leases, licences and agreements for commercial, recreational,mineral, residential, sporting and agricultural interests liaising with other staff and stakeholders as required;

3) Negotiate deeds of grant, deeds of variation and release of covernants for access over the estate, and development of land formerly part of the estate;

4) Investigate and professionally respond to complaints, enuires or other issues arising on a day to day basis from neighbours and tenants. Resolve encroachments, boundary disputes, access claims and bylaw infringements;

5) Identify and pursue new development and income generating opportunities on the estate;

6) Provide advice and support to operational staff on legal matters such as fencing obligations, access rights and reservations;

7) Manage compensation claims made against the Forestry Commission and liaise with solicitors as required, collecting and collating evidence in liaison with other colleagues.

Experience / Professional Technical Expertise

You will be educated to degree level, having completed or due to complete an RICS accredited course in rural management or general practice.
You will have achieved or be working towards Chartered status with the RICS
You will have demonstrated experience of managing conflicting priorities and difficult customers and be able to demonstrate strong analytical and communication skills.
You will be a competent user of IT, with sound working knowledge of MS Office - MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook.

Seeing the Big Picture:

Actively seek out and share experience to develop understanding and knowledge of your work area and of team's business area
Seek to understand how the services, activities and strategies in the area work together to create value for the customer / end user.

Making Effective Decisions:

Recognise patterns and trends in a wide variety of evidence / data and draw key conclusions, outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses.
Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations

Leading and communicating:

Communicate in a straight forward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed;
Continually communicate with staff, helping to clarify goals and activities and the links between these and Departmental strategy.

Achieve Commercial Outcomes:

Gather and use evidence to assess the costs, benefits and risks of a wide range of delivery options when making commercial decisions.
Identify and understand relevant legal and commercial terms, concepts, policies and proceses (including project approvals and assurance procedures) to deliver agreed outcomes.

Managing a Quality Service:

Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes including identifying risks and mitigating actions
Work with team to set priorities, goals, objectives and timescales

Delivering at Pace:

Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to teams and individuals as appropriate.


The candidate must be educated to degree level, having completed or due to complete an RICS accredited course in rural management or general practice.


You will have achieved or be demonstrably working towards Chartered status with the RICS.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:


  • Seeing the big picture
  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Delivering at pace
  • Achieving commercial outcomes
  • Managing a quality service

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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