Salary: £32,066 - £38,601 (Band D)

Location: Grantown on Spey

Job Type: 2 Year Fixed Term Contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, though part time hours of 30 hours per week may be considered.

Closing Date: 12pm (noon), Wednesday 25th August 2021

Interview Date: 13th September 2021 (held virtually)

About Us:

The Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4500km2. It is also a place of sheer abundance, having more high mountain ground than anywhere else in the UK, the largest Caledonian forest, some of Scotland’s purest rivers and finest livestock rearing farmland. It is home to 25 percent of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It is a truly unique place to work, with the land being owned and managed by private, public and third sector organisations with differing approaches and objectives, there’s real variety in the work of the Land Management team, of which this post will be a part.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is one of Scotland's top 10 flexible employers and listed in the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for; we’re dedicated to both this fantastic landscape and our employees.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Regional Land Use Partnership (RLUP) & Agriculture Officer to join the CNPA as we start to develop and deliver the Cairngorms Regional Land Use Partnership Pilot and to provide agricultural advice on project and policy development across the Authority.

The Role:

The Cairngorms National Park is one of five pilot Regional Land Use Partnerships (RLUPs) in Scotland. The RLUP element of the role will develop both the RLUP and the Regional Land Use Framework (RLUF) for the Park. The RLUF will be based on the new Park Plan (being developed this year) but will add specific land use plans and data gathering to inform those plans. Giving you an opportunity for you to be involved from the outset.

The Agriculture Officer element of the role will provide agricultural advice to the CNPA on project and policy development across the Authority and in the National Park, meaning you will keep up to date with new developments in this area, and provide advice to staff and farming partners on these developments.

You will work with land managers, communities and stakeholders in developing the Regional Land Use Partnership and Regional Land Use Framework, affording you opportunities to develop great working relationships with various groups and people in the CNP.

As the RLUP & Agriculture Officer you will work collaboratively in a complex area. This means being able to work at a national level on policy issues but also pragmatically help to make the right things happen on the ground with a range of partner organisations, meaning you will experience variety in working at different levels.

So, if you are keen to be the RLUP & Agriculture Officer, developing the Regional Land Use Partnership and Regional Land Use Framework, provide advice to the Authority on agriculture issues and you can display the skills and experience listed here, this is the role you’ve been waiting for.

CNPA Benefits:

- Civil service pension scheme
- 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with service, plus Public Holidays
- Professional development
- Flexible working
- Cycle to work scheme
- Use of pool cars

About You:

To be considered as our RLUP & Agriculture Officer, you’ll need:

- Good understanding and demonstrable experience of agriculture, climate change and/or natural heritage
- Good knowledge of farm schemes in Scotland and policy context
- A good understanding of the breadth of public and private sector interests and activities (e.g. farming, conservation, carbon, sporting etc.) within the National Park
- Good communication and inter-personal skills
- Self-motivated, adaptable and enthusiastic (willing and able to take the initiative)
- Computer literate and IT literate
- Driving licence (other arrangements will be considered for those with a disability which prevents driving).

A recognised qualification to degree standard in Agriculture or an appropriate management related discipline and some wide experience of land management relevant to CNP would be beneficial to your application.

How to apply:

Please view the job description and complete the application form available in the Jobs section of our website, specifying which role you are applying for and email the completed form to

Please note, we do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV).

CNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith and religion, disability and age. We are Disability Confident committed employer, if you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you. In all circumstances CNPA appoints on merit based evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.

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