Job type

Estates officer

£25k - £50k

Typical salary

38 – 40

Hours per week

Estates officers are responsible for the management and upkeep of land and property belonging to local councils and public bodies.

More info

  • Help make sure land and properties are maintained and managed appropriately
  • You'll need good communication skills and an understanding of regulations around property and health and safety
  • Progression into local government or public sector management roles


  • Organising and checking repairs and maintenance
  • Making sure properties are being used for their intended purpose
  • Dealing with tenancy applications and monitoring tenancy agreements
  • Setting and reviewing rents
  • Checking the potential of property for both short and long term use
  • Negotiating with landowners and other interested parties about compulsory purchase or purchase by agreement
  • Advising on land purchase issues
  • Attending meetings and working with other departments and organisations
  • Analysing financial and other data
  • Writing and presenting reports
  • Keeping up-to-date with land management, building control and environmental issues


You'll usually be office-based, but you may need to travel to attend meetings and visit sites. Your working environment may be at height and outdoors some of the time.

You'll need

This role requires good communication skills, maths skills, negotiating skills, and excellent IT skills.

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like building services engineering, surveying, construction management or facilities management.

You could do a qualification by distance learning through the University College of Estate Management. This may be an option if you're already working in the industry.

You may also be able to take an advanced apprenticeship as a facilities supervisor or a higher apprenticeship as a facilities manager, while working in an estates office. It will usually take 18 to 24 months to complete.

You could apply directly if you've got experience and qualifications in a related career like property management, building health and safety or surveying.


With experience, you may be able to progress to estates manager, or specialise in a particular area.