Estate or land managers are employed by estate owners. They manage the farm(s) and other properties on the estate, the game and fishing rights and make sure the estate runs at a profit. They may also be called rural estate managers or land agents.
You could be:
arranging the maintenance of buildings, agricultural land, woodlands, drainage and roads on the estate
managing the farm businesses, including the main ‘home’ farm, rental farms and other businesses such as forestry or leisure
organising rent collection from tenants
buying and selling livestock or machinery, often by auction
planning money-making developments like converting part of the estate for tourism or leisure purposes
considering environmental and conservation matters when planning changes
managing budgets and dealing with important paperwork, including farm tax and insurance and applying for grants and subsidies
keeping up to date with changes in agricultural regulations
recruiting, training and managing staff.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for estate or land managers in Scotland vary considerably, but tend start at around £18,000 to £20,000 a year. With experience, salaries can rise to between £25,000 and £35,000 a year, with higher salaries reaching up to £50,000 or more for those managing large or several estates. In some cases, you may get rent-free accommodation as part of your package.
You could work for a major organisation which owns large areas of land, for an agricultural surveying company or for an individual landowner.
You would be based in an office on the estate.
However, you would also spend a good deal of your time travelling around the estate, supervising the work that is going on.
The hours of work can vary according to the time of the year, and you may have to work some evenings and weekends or be on call at these times.
You could be outdoors in all weathers and the conditions might be wet, cold and dirty.
For most jobs you need to be a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
You can study for the RICS examinations either with a diploma or degree. Diplomas or degrees in certain subjects may give exemption from some RICS examinations.
You can study for a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or a degree in agriculture, rural resource management, land management, countryside management, sustainable rural development or rural business management.
Entry requirements for an HNC or HND are 1-2 Highers and for a degree are 4-5 Highers.
You need to hold a full driving licence.
It can help if you have previous experience in agriculture.
You can find work with private landowners, local authorities or national trusts or conservation bodies.