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Thank you for your interest in working for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Any current vacancies are listed below, along with details of how to apply and the terms and conditions of working for the National Park Authority.


Terms and conditions of employment

Specific terms and conditions will be issued for each post as it becomes vacant and you may find it useful to read our general terms and conditions of employment, which you can read here. You can also read our privacy notice, which explains how we deal with your personal information when applying for jobs. Read that here.

Employee benefits

Benefits for employees are kept under review to ensure they remain attractive and appropriate. This approach is supplemented by work-life balance and training policies. We are committed to maintaining safe and healthy working conditions for all staff. We also aim to maintain good communication and working relationships with trade unions and all of our people. Read our employee benefits statement here.


Current vacancies

For details of vacancies at other National Park Authorities, visit the UK National Parks website.

Woodland & Tree Officer

Closing date Sunday 29 May, 2022 @ 23:00 PM
  • Temporary
  • Grade 10 £31,895 to £35,336 (pro rata)
  • 22.5 & 37 Hours per week
  • AONB Offices, Stanhope
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The North Pennines AONB are looking for confident and experienced conservation professionals to help meet some ambitious targets for tree establishment in the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park until the end of March 2025.

Heart of the Pennines Forest is a three-year project, a collaboration between the North Pennines AONB Partnership, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, which will establish the kinds of tree cover which are a good fit for our landscape and work alongside High Nature Value farming systems (small scale woodland planting and low-density wood pasture with scrub and scattered canopy trees). Also included in the project are a deer monitoring and control strategy and a small native upland tree nursery.

Three new woodland and tree officers, working in County Durham (North Pennines AONB) and Cumbria (North Pennines AONB and Yorkshire Dales National Park), will advise land managers on appropriate woodland creation, tree planting and natural regeneration schemes. You will help land managers with scheme design, sources of funding and contractors to meet our targets for tree and scrub establishment, and you will advise on the care or restructuring of existing plantations and woodlands.

You will work collaboratively with government agencies, partner organisations, land managers and volunteers to safeguard and increase our woodland and tree natural capital for all the natural services it provides: nature recovery, carbon storage, pollution remediation, engagement with nature and natural flood management.

Your work will be focussed on one of two areas: County Durham (North Pennines AONB) or Cumbria (North Pennines AONB and Yorkshire Dales National Park), although some flexibility will be required.

We would like to encourage applications from as wide an audience as possible and so we may also be able to accommodate working hours outside of those stated above. Please state your preferred location and your preferred hours on your application form.

Applicants should be educated to Higher Diploma level (Level 5) in conservation, ecology, environmental management, forestry or a related subject together with having an excellent track record in project management of nature conservation/recovery schemes.

A part time officer employed to cover the Yorkshire Dales Cumbria patch is likely to be employed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. All other officers would be employed by Durham County Council (host authority of the North Pennines AONB Partnership).

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority salary is £26,974 – £32,797 pro rata (18.5 hours per week)

Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 June 2022.

We are also running an optional on-line Q&A session for anyone who would like to meet the AONB staff team who will be working with the successful candidate, before deciding whether or not to make an application. This will be held at 5:30pm on Monday 16th May on Zoom. If you would like to be sent the link, please email carly@northpenninesaonb.org.uk

For more information about the post and the project please contact Sarah Tooze sarah@northpenninesaonb.org.uk to chat via email or to arrange a call.

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

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Farm Conservation Adviser

Closing date Tuesday 24 May, 2022 @ 23:00 PM
  • Fixed term contract: July 2022 until March 2024
  • £23,484 to £30,095 per annum
  • 37 hours per week
  • Grassington, North Yorkshire
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Would you like to work in one of the most beautiful parts of the country – a place of real character, with a highly-distinctive, living, working and cultural landscape?  If so, we have an opportunity to join our well regarded Farm Conservation team at an exciting time for the National Park.

About Us

We are the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, an organisation that protects, enhances and promotes the immense beauty, wildlife and character of the Yorkshire Dales. Set against expansive heather moorland tops, each valley has its own distinct charm, from crags and waterfalls to an underground labyrinth of caves.

We are looking for a Farm Conservation Adviser to join our Land Management team on a fixed term basis until March 2024. The role is full-time (37 hours per week) based at our Grassington office near Skipton, with the potential for some home working and at our other office in Bainbridge.

The Benefits

– Salary of £23,484 to £30,095 per annum

– Holiday entitlement starting at 25 days plus bank holidays

– Local Government Pension Scheme

– Flexi time scheme

– Employee discounts on various goods and services

– Free parking

This is a great opportunity for you to join a National Park and work in one of the UK’s most striking and breath-taking locations.

The Role

You’ll be working on the established Yorkshire Dales Catchment Partnership, delivering the Government’s Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative across the whole of the National Park.

Undertaking farm visits to identify infrastructure and management changes that will contribute to sustainable farm businesses as well as improving water quality and wider environment, is a key part of the role. Examples include improving water separation, manure storage and management (including nutrient application) as well as grazing changes, and habitat creation (particularly riparian habitats including woodland).

You’ll be overseeing the development and delivery of actions, and in some instances supporting colleagues and partner organisations to undertake delivery. There will also be involvement in the delivery of training and knowledge sharing events.

In addition, providing advice and support to farmers and land managers on the Countryside Stewardship scheme is integral to the role. This will include carrying out site visits, undertaking farm surveys and writing reports and applications that will enhance the environmental priorities of the National Park and support sustainable farm businesses.

About You

Ideally, you will be educated to at least level 6 (degree level) in a relevant conservation or environmental subject, though other qualifications may be acceptable if a high level of knowledge and experience of farm conservation can be demonstrated.

Having at least 2-years of experience of providing advice and support on current agri-environment schemes to farmers and land managers, in addition to an understanding of upland farming and land management is essential. However, if you have the knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm, and are potentially at the start of your environmental career, we are open to receiving your application, as training can be provided, if required.

Being a supportive and co-operative team member with the ability to work independently using own initiative and as part of a multi-disciplinary team is a requirement. Excellent organisational, communication and inter-personal skills are equally important to the role.

You will need to have access to a car or access to a means of mobility support to meet demands of the post (if driving must have a current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance) as travelling and visiting of sites around the National Park is a key part of the role.

Our recruitment process treats all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. That said, we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as this group are currently under-represented throughout the Authority.

 

For an informal chat about this vacancy, please contact Helen Keep, Senior Farm Conservation Officer on 01756 751611 or Helen.Keep@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

The closing date for completed application forms is 11pm on Tuesday 24 May 2022.

Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 7 June 2022.

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  • Recruitment Pack - Farm Conservation Adviser
  • Senior Planning Officer

    Closing date Sunday 12 June, 2022 @ 23:00 PM
    • Permanent
    • £30,984 to £35,335 per annum
    • 37 hours per week
    • Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
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    The Yorkshire Dales National Park boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Britain and will provide an enviable setting for your career. As the planning authority for the area, it’s our job to help local people and businesses to keep the National Park a thriving and beautiful area.

    Due to a member of our team leaving, there’s an opportunity to join our Development Management team at an exciting time for the National Park.

    About Us

    We are the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, an organisation that protects, enhances and promotes the immense beauty, wildlife and character of the Yorkshire Dales. Set against expansive heather moorland tops, each valley has its own distinct charm, from crags and waterfalls to an underground labyrinth of caves.

    This is an opportunity to apply for a much sought after role in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The role is full-time (37 hours), permanent and based at our Bainbridge office near Leyburn, with the potential for some regular home working.

    The Benefits

    – Salary of £30,984 to £35,335 per annum

    – Holiday entitlement starting at 25 days plus bank holidays

    – Local Government pension scheme

    – Flexi time scheme

    – Employee discounts on various goods and services

    – Free parking

    This opportunity might be your chance to re-focus your career or to build upon your experience to achieve something you will be proud of, whilst working in one of the UK’s most striking and breath-taking locations.

    The Role

    You will have the chance to help local people and businesses to protect the National Park and ensure it remains a thriving and beautiful area for years to come.

    As a Senior Planning Officer, you will work in a small team of planners responsible for delivering an efficient and effective development management service for the northern half of the National Park. The area comprises the visually stunning Swaledale, Wensleydale and Westmorland Dales, including iconic places like Hawes and Sedbergh.

    Responsible for conserving the special qualities of these outstanding places, whilst delivering the housing and economic development necessary to sustain thriving communities. You will negotiate positive design solutions, provide professional advice on a broad spectrum of planning issues, manage applications efficiently and present your recommendations clearly.

    Reporting to the Principal Planning Officer, you will:

    – Take on an interesting caseload

    – Handle applications and appeals in line with our procedures and practices

    – Help to monitor sites and the delivery of the enforcement service

    – Give evidence at public inquiries and hearings

    About You

    You will already have experience of development control work and a good understanding of the legislative, procedural and policy framework within which the planning system operates and the requirements for negotiating S.106 agreements.

    You will be a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or be working towards becoming a Member.

    Access to a car or access to a means of mobility support to meet the travel demands of the post (if driving must have a current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance) is essential.

     

    Our recruitment process treats all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. That said, we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as this group are currently under-represented throughout the Authority.

     

    For an informal chat about this vacancy, please contact Richard Graham, Head of Development Management, on 01969 652302 or richard.graham@yorkshiredales.org.uk

    The closing date for completed application forms is 11pm on Sunday 12 June 2022.

    Anticipated interview date: Week commencing 20 June 2022.

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  • Recruitment Pack Senior Planning Officer
  • Education Officer (Job Share)

    Closing date Wednesday 15 June, 2022 @ 23:00 PM
    • Permanent
    • £23,484 to £30,095 pro rata per annum
    • 18.5 hours per week
    • Grassington, North Yorkshire
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    Do you have experience of working with young people? Do you want to see young people from all backgrounds enjoying the National Parks? Would you like to be part of our team working with young people to help them find their place in the National Park? If the answers are yes, then read on!

    About Us

    We are the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, an organisation that protects, enhances and promotes the immense beauty, wildlife and character of the Yorkshire Dales. Set against expansive heather moorland tops, each valley has its own distinct charm, from crags and waterfalls to an underground labyrinth of caves.

    We are looking for an Education Officer to join our Access and Engagement team on a permanent basis. The role is part-time job share (18.5 hours per week) based at our Grassington office near Skipton.

    The Benefits

    – Salary of £23,484 to £30,095 pro rata per annum

    – Generous leave entitlement, starting at 25 days plus bank holidays

    – Local Government pension scheme

    – Flexi time scheme

    – Employee discounts on various goods and services

    – Free parking

    This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a National Park and work in one of the UK’s most striking and breath-taking locations.

    The Role

    As our Education Officer you will deliver the Authority’s education programme in and around the National Park. Through curriculum and skills-based activities the programme aims to better connect school children and students of all ages with the environment and increase their knowledge and understanding of the National Park.

    You will develop, organise and deliver a range of curriculum based activities to school children and students from early years through to tertiary education including fieldwork sessions, enquiry based work, and classroom based lessons, assemblies, talks and walks.

    Undertaking all aspects of preparation will be required as part of your role including: completing risk assessments, booking forms, collecting and maintaining equipment and resources, communicating with the school and other adults involved and where required, liaising with landowners and other organisations about activities.

     About You

    It’s essential you have a level 6 (degree level) qualification, preferably in an environmental subject along with an appropriate outdoor qualification e.g. Hill and Moorland Award, or the willingness and ability to achieve a relevant award.

    You will have considerable teaching or group leader experience along with experience of developing and delivering curriculum based outdoor learning activities to meet the needs of schools and learners.

    Excellent communication and inter-personal skills together with good organisational skills are essential and the ability to prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines and manage competing demands will be required.

    Access to a car or access to a means of mobility support to meet demands of the post is essential (if driving must have a current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance).

    There will be an informal online information session for any prospective candidates to attend on Wednesday 8 June at 7pm, via Zoom. Where you can find out about the role and what it’s like working with us in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Everyone is welcome to join us for a chance to hear from staff and volunteers and ask us questions. To join the zoom Meeting please use Meeting ID: 751 169 9379 and Passcode: 217427.

    Our recruitment process treats all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. That said, we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as this group are currently under-represented throughout the Authority.

    For an informal chat about this vacancy, please contact Catherine Kemp, Education and Engagement Manager, on 01756 751641 or Catherine.Kemp@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

    The closing date for completed application forms is 11pm on Wednesday 15 June 2022.

    Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 22 June 2022.

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  • Recruitment Pack - Education Officer
  • Farming in Protected Landscape Officer

    Closing date Sunday 19 June, 2022 @ 23:00 PM
    • Fixed Term (Until March 2024)
    • £26,974 to £32,797 per annum
    • 37 hours per week
    • Grassington or Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
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    Are you an experienced farm adviser looking for an opportunity to work for an outstanding organisation such as the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority? If so, read on.

    About Us

    We are the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, an organisation that protects, enhances and promotes the immense beauty, wildlife and character of the Yorkshire Dales. Set against expansive heather moorland tops, each valley has its own distinct charm, from crags and waterfalls to an underground labyrinth of caves.

    Last Summer the Defra funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme was launched, which provides grants to farmers and land managers looking to deliver on climate, nature, access and landscape outcomes.

    We’re currently looking for another Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer to join our Farm Conservation Team on a temporary basis until March 2024. The role is full-time (37 hours per week) with job sharing considered, based at either our office in Grassington or Bainbridge and the potential for some regular home working.

    The Benefits

    – Salary of £26,974 to £32,797 per annum

    – Holiday entitlement starting at 25 days plus bank holidays

    – Local Government pension scheme

    – Flexi time scheme

    – Employee discounts on various goods and services

    – Free parking

    This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a National Park and work in one of the UK’s most striking and breath-taking locations.

    The Role

    The role is integral to the successful delivery of the Defra funded programme within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and will include:

    • Helping to develop project ideas with farmers and land managers
    • Assessing applications;
    • Providing recommendations to the Local Assessment Panels; and
    • Providing monitoring and feedback on the progress of the scheme to Defra.

    About You

    You should be experienced in agri-environment advice delivery, articulate, pragmatic, with an in-depth understanding of upland farming and land management, preferably within a protected landscape.

    Experience of farmer group facilitation would be an advantage, as is delivery of access and engagement type projects.

    Efficient with an excellent attention to detail, an ability to prioritise workload effectively to meet deadlines and manage competing demands and excellent report writing and presentation skills are all requirements for this role.

    Access to a car or access to a means of mobility support to meet the demands of the post (if driving must have a current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance) is essential.

    Job sharing will be considered, please mark clearly on your application that this would be your preference.

    Our recruitment process treats all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. That said, we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as this group are currently under-represented throughout the Authority.

    For an informal chat about these vacancies, please contact Helen Keep, Senior Farm Conservation Officer on 07818 048749 or email helen.keep@yorkshiredales.org.uk

    The closing date for completed application forms is 11pm on Sunday 19 June 2022.

    Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 28 June 2022.

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  • Recruitment Pack - FiPL Officer
  • Assistant Farming in Protected Landscape Officer

    Closing date Monday 20 June, 2022 @ 23:00 PM
    • Fixed Term (Until March 2024)
    • £20,043 to £22,571 per annum
    • 37 hours per week
    • Grassington or Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
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    Are you interested in supporting the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme, or perhaps you’re a recent graduate looking to start a career in conservation? Do you want to work for an outstanding organisation such as the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority? If so, read on.

    About Us

    We are the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, an organisation that protects, enhances and promotes the immense beauty, wildlife and character of the Yorkshire Dales. Set against expansive heather moorland tops, each valley has its own distinct charm, from crags and waterfalls to an underground labyrinth of caves.

    The role will work within the Defra funded Farming in Protected Landscapes programme which provides grants to farmers and land managers looking to deliver on climate, nature, access and landscape outcomes.

    We’re currently looking for an Assistant Farming in Protected Landscapes Officer to join the programme team, on a temporary basis until March 2024. The role is full-time (37 hours per week) with job sharing considered, based at either our office in Grassington or Bainbridge and the potential for some regular home working.

    The Benefits

    – Salary of £20,043 – £22,571 per annum,

    – Holiday entitlement starting at 25 days plus bank holidays

    – Local Government pension scheme

    – Flexi time scheme

    – Employee discounts on various goods and services

    – Free parking

    This is an exciting opportunity for you to join a National Park and work in one of the UK’s most striking and breath-taking locations.

    The Role

    The role will be integral to the successful delivery of the Defra funded programme within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and will include assisting the project officers in the following areas:

    • Acting as first points of contact for the programme;
    • Assisting with developing project ideas with farmers and land managers;
    • Providing administration assistance for processing the applications;
    • Assisting with providing recommendations to the Local Assessment Panels;
    • Assisting with the monitoring and feedback on the progress of the scheme to Defra

    About you

    Ideally, you will be educated to at least level 6 (degree level) in an environmental, ecology or land management subject, though other qualifications may be acceptable if a high level of knowledge and experience can be demonstrated.

    Having experience of habitat assessment, writing management plans and monitoring projects are essential together with ideally having an understanding in upland hill farming systems and businesses and upland farm diversification enterprises.

    You will need excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including tact, and negotiation skills, to articulate and win support for conservation management with key stakeholders

    Access to a car or access to a means of mobility support to meet the demands of the post (if driving must have a current valid driving licence and appropriate insurance) is essential.

    Job sharing will be considered, please mark clearly on your application that this would be your preference.

    Our recruitment process treats all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic. That said, we particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as this group are currently under-represented throughout the Authority.

    For an informal chat about these vacancies, please contact Helen Keep, Senior Farm Conservation Officer on 07818 048749 or email helen.keep@yorkshiredales.org.uk

    The closing date for completed application forms is 11pm on Monday 20 June 2022.

    Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 29 June 2022.

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  • Recruitment Pack - Assistance FiPL Officer