Estate Management

driveway in Great Windsor park, (image: Joshua Earl on unsplash)

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 Estate Manager, Estates Officer, Surveyor, Factor, Estates Maintenance, Park Services, Rural Surveyor.

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 good start.

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 Laying Group

‘Cairngorms – A National Park for All’, Cairngorms National Park Authority

Rural skills -their importance and how we can preserve them, Cotswolds AONB

Dry Stone Walling: A Living Craft for the Present Day, Dry Stone Walling Association

Next generation of Countryside Custodians, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Coppicing - realising the potential of our woodlands, National Coppice Federation

A Career in Conservation Grazing?, Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Hedgelaying, National Hedge Laying Society

Championing Apprenticeships, North York Moors National Park Authority

Volunteer Driven Success at Rutland Water, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Helping secure a brighter future for people living and working in the countryside, The Princes Countryside Fund 

Countryside Ranger Training - The Next Generation, North Ayrshire Council

Fixing the fells - an all-weather task, Fix the Fells

Lots more here. 


Useful organisations

Countryside Management Association

Scottish Countryside Rangers Association

National Trust

National Trust for Scotland

Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors