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Assistant Building Surveyor, National Trust, Various UK locations

National TrustRecruiter: National Trust

Specialism: House Building

Sector: Building Surveying

Job type: Fixed Contract

Location: UK-wide

Assistant Building Surveyor, National Trust, Various UK locations

£Competitive | UK-wide | Date posted 26 Jan 2018

Fixed-term two-year contract


The National Trust owns and cares for one of the largest, most varied and most significant collections of built structures anywhere in Europe. From medieval castles to cottages, we own over 28,500 buildings and structures.

From repairs and maintenance to major works and projects, the Trust’s Building Profession within our internal Consultancy is at the forefront of their care.

In this Assistant Building Surveyor role we are looking for you to provide support to colleagues in all aspects of building surveying. This role is a two year training and development role expected to lead to full professional recognition as a Building Surveyor with either RICS or CIOB. 

What it’s like to work here

We look after special places for ever, for everyone. Our current strategy puts considerable emphasis on core conservation, recognising that ‘looking after the places in our care now and in the future is our first responsibility’ (Director General Helen Ghosh, 2014).

Building Surveyors are the largest professional community in the Consultancy. Our Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work.

The diversity and quality of expertise within it, enables our properties to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, for our purpose of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes and making our places accessible to all.

We are recruiting a number of roles based at different regions around the UK. Due to some travel within the region, you’ll need a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

What you’ll be doing

This role offers genuinely rewarding work where you’ll discover a real commitment to your ongoing personal and technical development. You’ll never stop learning as our diverse environment of buildings brings with it lots of different challenges.

You’ll bring your commitment to developing theoretical knowledge and experience to the maintenance and repairs at our properties. Assisting in a consultancy service, you’ll respond to requests for information, advice and hands-on support to meet the needs and demands of your clients, including our tenants.

This will give you the opportunity to assist with all aspects of building surveying work including areas such as the coordination of building condition surveys, preparation of specifications and drawings.

You’ll develop knowledge of managing risk and compliance and from your passion for conservation and sustainability you’ll champion our work.

Who we’re looking for

We want to help you develop a career with us. You’ll be working towards a relevant professional qualification e.g. Chartered Surveyor MRICS, MCIOB. (For RICS full membership you’ll need an Accredited Degree in Building Construction/ Conservation or Surveying.) You’ll also need to have:

  • Accredited degree/ qualification in Building Surveying or Building Conservation/ Construction.
  • Theoretical knowledge of relevant legislative requirements relating to the role.
  • A clear client focus, with excellent listening, communication and presentation skills.
  • The ability to build strong working relationships across your region.
  • Desire to develop a knowledge of building conservation, maintenance and repair.
  • Ability to demonstrate expertise in data handling and the production of technical information.
  • A methodical approach to data collection, recording, retrieval and working accurately to deadlines.

Application Information

We are recruiting a number of roles based at different regions around the UK. Due to some travel within the region, you’ll need a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

For more information and to apply visit

The closing date is 26 February 2018.

Assessment Centre will be held Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 March 2018 in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Within your application please attach a Covering Letter and CV.

Job ref: Assistant Building Surveyor
Application deadline: 26 Feb 2018

Recruiter information... Back in 1895, we were founded with the aim of saving our nation's heritage and open spaces. 116 years later, we're still working hard to uphold these values. More jobs from this recruiter