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Junior Land Consultant, 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

  • Job
    Entry Level / Graduate - Junior (1-2 years)
  • Consulting
  • Belfast

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  • You must have a geography or relevant degree, understanding of land referencing, research and problem-solving skills, rural knowledge, willingness to travel, strong communication/data management skills, map reading ability, proficiency in MS Office, and a full driver's license.
  • You will support land referencing activities, liaise with landowners, assist with site visits, and contribute to high-profile infrastructure projects, including statutory documentation preparation and stakeholder engagement.


  • Recently graduated with a degree in geography or another relevant discipline, which has provided you with an understanding of the complexities of land-use and/or landownership in Ireland/UK
  • An understanding of the Land Referencing process which would be beneficial.
  • Demonstrable experience of desktop researching and problem-solving, so that you can apply your techniques to process of identifying landowners/occupiers, land interests and rights in land.
  • Knowledge of the rural environment and farming practices would be an advantage.
  • The role will require visits to sites as part of a team, to speak with landowners and stakeholders. This will involve periods staying away from home (accommodation and expenses are provided).
  • Effective communication and organisational skills, with demonstrable experience in managing data.
  • A degree of comfort in reading and using maps in a technical way.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills, with a comfort in being able to write and articulate your findings.
  • Experience using MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams).
  • A full drivers licence is essential


  • As Land Referencer based in our Belfast office, you will be directly supporting the Land team who work alongside engineers, environmental specialists and planners on high profile infrastructure projects providing the level of diligent inquiry needed for the submission of Statutory Orders and the successful acceptance of planning submissions
  • Undertake land referencing activities including Land Registry NI and Property Registration Authority research, desktop research, questionnaire analysis, landowner liaison, site visits, data management and archival investigations to identify all legal land interests and rights in land
  • Support with site visits to landowners and those people and organisations whose property or rights are affected by development and infrastructure delivery
  • Agree access to land so that environmental and other surveys can be carried out
  • You will contribute to the WSP Land Team delivery and success of high-profile infrastructure projects within Ireland and the wider UK business. You will be supporting projects in multiple sectors, including the energy sector, where the team supports the development of critical infrastructure that is crucial for the “net zero” economy
  • Your work will also support our teams in the delivery of land access, land agreements, landowner engagement, stakeholder engagement, and supporting projects through to the consenting stages.
  • You will assist in the preparation of statutory documentation, including Vesting Order, CPO, Hybrid Bill, DCO and support documentation for planning applications across multi-disciplinary teams in managing land & stakeholder risk for infrastructure projects.


What type of infrastructure projects will I be working on as a Junior Land Consultant?

You will be working on major highway, rail, energy, and renewable infrastructure projects that impact privately owned land.

What skills will I develop in this role?

You will develop skills in landowner engagement, property valuation, GIS, data management, negotiation, and familiarity with regulatory regimes such as Vesting Order, Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), and Strategic Infrastructure Development planning applications.

Will I have the opportunity for professional development?

Yes, we will support your professional development by providing opportunities to join a relevant professional organization such as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).

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WSP is a leading engineering professional services consulting firm which supports significant projects in both the built and natural environments. We provide engineering and design services to public and private sector clients in the transportation and infrastructure, property and buildings, earth and environment, power and energy, resources and industry sectors, as well as a strategic advisory offering. We have more than 40 offices across the UK and Ireland. Our team of over 7,000 technical specialists and strategic advisers in the UK is part of a talented family of more than 55,000 global changemakers, transforming what’s possible to build a smarter, greener future for all. Together, we deliver innovative solutions to solve complex problems for our clients and the communities we serve, meeting both the needs of today and addressing the challenges of tomorrow. WSP takes pride in leading the way we collectively tackle the climate emergency and in October 2020 we announced our commitment to halve the carbon footprint of all designs and advice provided to clients by 2030, a first in the engineering consultancy sector. Having since aligned our carbon reduction targets with the SBTI’s science-based Net-Zero Standard, we will achieve carbon neutrality in our UK operations in 2025. Globally, WSP has committed to achieving net zero emissions across its value chain by 2040.