Land Management jobs and careers

Land Management within Renewables is a crucial phase in the development of renewable energy projects. In order to build utility scale solar, battery storage, onshore wind and to connect offshore wind farms to the grid, renewable energy developers require to purchase and/or rent land to build their projects.

Why consider a career as a Land Manager?

Land Management is a fantastic opportunity to start your career off in the renewable industry. It’s an integral part of the development of all solar, battery storage and wind projects. It will allow you to learn the skills to take a project through to construction, alongside this you will build a network of landowners across your area of expertise to help contribute to the switch to renewable energy.

What a job or career in Land Management may entail…

You will be scouting suitable land, negotiating with landowners, land agents, agreement heads of term agreements, land access rights, ensuring grid connection, and you will be liaising with internal engineering and planning teams until the project is ready to build.

Typical role titles include

  • Junior Land Manager
  • Land Manager
  • Land Acquisition Manager
  • Land Agent
  • Senior Land Manager
  • Head of Land

Career progression example

  • Land Manager
  • Senior Land Manager
  • Head of Land
  • Project Development Manager
  • Development Director
  • Head of Development
  • Country Manager

Salary Benchmarks

Salaries can start from £30,000 from entry level positions all the way up to £100,000 a year for senior positions. Land Managers will also have bonus structures aligned to their role for helping to bring on new projects.

Junior Land Managers – £30,000 to £40,000

Land Manager – £40,000 to £65,000

Senior Land Manager – £65,000 to £90,000

Head of Land – £90,000 to £120,000

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

Fantastic communication skills, the ability to negotiate with multiple stakeholders throughout a project life cycle, the ability to negotiate Heads of Terms agreements and land access rights. Excellent time management skills and the ability to work effectively as a team.

What qualifications does it take?

There are a number of qualifications that can allow you entry to a role in Land Management, examples include a degree in Rural Land Management, Real Estate, Property Development and Planning, Rural Surveying and Rural Planning.

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