Estate management is as the name suggests all about managing,
usually, one estate. The tasks required will depend on what type
of estate it is; a private estate in the Scottish highlands will include
running field sports (grouse shooting, stalking etc.) whilst managing an
estate for a charity (e.g. National Trust) in the south west of England
may involve horticulture and visitor management. Estate management
covers land surveying, tenant and community relations including lease
negotiations and there will be an element of staff management either
paid staff or volunteers.
These roles can include elements of conservation, access,
land survey, additionally they may include field sports, recreation,
woodland management, wildlife, horticulture and visitor
management; working in estate management requires a wide range of
interests and skills.
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include
Estates Officer, Surveyor, Factor, Estates Maintenance, Park
The National Trust stories blog has case studies and stories about
Estate Management at the Trust,
read them here.
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Skills, training and CPD.
There are many different skills and qualifications required to work
in estate management from practical land management techniques to
managing the office, staff and volunteers.
Practical skills frequently requested include:
Other skills often required include:
For estate management a qualification in landscape or countryside management is usually a prerequisite, agricultural science or farm management qualifications are often acceptable.
Information and in depth articles
Volunteer Management - the Essentials, Volunteer Scotland
Working with Volunteers, Derrick Hale from Heart of England Hedge
‘Cairngorms – A National Park for All’, Cairngorms National Park Authority
Rural skills -their importance and how we can preserve them,
Dry Stone Walling: A Living Craft for the Present Day, Dry
Stone Walling Association
Next generation of Countryside Custodians, Yorkshire Dales
Coppicing - realising the potential of our woodlands, National
A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Hedge Laying Society
Championing Apprenticeships, North York Moors National Park
Volunteer Driven Success at Rutland Water, Leicestershire & Rutland
Helping secure a brighter future for people living and working in the countryside, The Princes Countryside Fund
Countryside Ranger Training - The Next Generation, North
Fixing the fells - an all-weather task,
Fix the Fells
Lots more here.
Countryside Management Association
Scottish Countryside Rangers Association
National Trust for Scotland
Royal Chartered Institute of