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Young people in the National Park Photograph by Caroline Hall

Youth Representative – National Park Management Plan

Are you aged 18 and 29 and want to shape the Yorkshire Dales National Park for future generations?

Would you like to have a platform to advocate for young people alongside partners from local bodies with the main responsibility for decision-making?

Since 2021 we have had two Youth Representatives on the Partnership. We now have an open vacancy for a second Youth Rep after one of our reps has left the role.

This voluntary role involves attending Partnership meetings and contributing your views. You will gain a valuable opportunity to experience and influence decision-making about the vision, strategic policies and outcomes for the National Park over the long term.

You will gain a range of transferrable skills, including advocacy, networking, decision making and effective communication and build a sound working knowledge in a diverse range of subjects including conservation, protected area management, community sustainability and governance. Plenty of training, support and mentorship will be provided to make you feel at home and able to undertake this role.

What is the role of the Management Plan Partnership?

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan Partnership oversees the 5-yearly review of the Management Plan. The Management Plan is the single most important document for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It sets out the long-term vision for the National Park and the specific objectives that many local organisations are working to achieve over the next few years to

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park.
  • Promote understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the national park by the public.

In taking forward those two purposes, the Plan also seeks to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.

Now is a particularly exciting time to be part of the Partnership. In Spring 2024 the Partnership will start the process of writing the new Management Plan for 2025 – 2029.

Who is currently represented on the Partnership

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
  • Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
  • North Yorkshire Council
  • Westmorland and Furness Council
  • Dales Farmer Network
  • Dales Rural Estates Network
  • Dales Tourism Businesses
  • Environment Agency
  • Forestry Commission
  • Natural England

If you are interested, candidates need to be:

  • Aged between 18 and 29 at the time of application
  • Living in or close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • A confident communicator capable of speaking on behalf of young people
  • Prepared to co-ordinate views from young people on relevant issues
  • Able to attend the Partnership meetings held at the Authority’s offices in Bainbridge – 8 meetings in total. 
  • Willing to commit approximately 5 hours a month to the role
  • Willing to act as an ambassador for the work of the Partnership
  • Prepared to undertake training provided by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to equip them for their new role
  • Passionate about the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Not currently employed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
  • Able to commit 2 years to the role.

Successful applicants can expect:

  • A chance to shape the Yorkshire Dales National Park for current and future generations
  • Equal representation alongside other Partnership members
  • A platform on which to advocate for young people within the YDNP
  • The opportunity to take responsibility for particular areas of work within the Partnership’s remit
  • Full induction training and ongoing support from YDNPA staff, including the allocation of a mentor to support with the preparation of Partnership meetings
  • Travel expenses to Partnership meetings
  • To gain a range of transferrable skills, including advocacy, networking, decision making and effective communication
  • To build a sound working knowledge in a diverse range of subjects including conservation, protected area management, community sustainability and governance
  • The opportunity to build a professional network
  • References for future study or employment (after 6 months in the role)

Informal online information session for prospective candidates

There will be an informal information session for any prospective candidates on Thursday 4 April from 6pm to 7pm to find out about the role and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Everyone is welcome to join us for a chance to hear from staff and our current Youth Representative and ask us questions. To request the Microsoft Teams link and password for the session or for an informal chat about the position, please email caroline.hall@yorkshiredales.org.uk

How to Apply

You can either write an application statement by completing the following questions or submit a three minute audio or film answering the following questions:

  • Write an application statement by completing the following questions or
  • Submit an audio or film answering the following questions:
  1. What makes you a good choice for the role of Youth Representative? (max 200 words)
  2. How would this role benefit you? (max 200 words)
  3. Taking one of the objectives from the YDNP Management Plan 2019-2024, describe how this objective has an impact on young people. Do you think it goes far enough? How could it be improved? (max 200 words)

Include the following information along with your statement;

  • Age
  • Postcode
  • Telephone number

Please email your completed statement or film/audio to Caroline Hall, Access and Engagement Officer at the YDNPA on caroline.hall@yorkshiredales.org.uk by 11pm on Friday 12 April 2024.

We will invite shortlisted candidates to a Microsoft Teams interview which will take place between 15 – 19 April 2024. Exact date to be confirmed.