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Cairngorms National Park Authority

Nature Based Solutions Officer x 2 posts

Salary: £32,066 - £38,601 (Band D)

Location: Grantown on Spey; Hybrid working of a mix of both office and home working will be considered

Job Type: 1.5 Year Fixed Term Contract; the contract is 1.5 years to cover the development phase of the project. Successful development of this phase could lead to the delivery phase and possible contract extension

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, though part time hours of 30 hours per week, or two job shares equating to 37.5 hours/week may be considered

Closing Date: 12pm (noon), Thursday 2nd December 2021

Interview Date: Tuesday 14th December 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 our dedicated and passionate Nature & Climate Change directorate who are committed to achieving the best for both conservation and land management. Furthermore, there is access to some of the most beautiful countryside straight from our Headquarters office door.

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 two Nature Based Solutions Officers to join the CNPA, to develop the Nature Based Solutions projects in the People and Nature Thriving Together Programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and CNPA.

The Role:

With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and national lottery players, the Nature Based Solutions Officer is part of a team that the Cairngorms National Park Authority is recruiting to lead innovative, collaborative, and transformative change as we tackle the climate emergency and nature crisis and deliver an economy that works for all. Our ambition is large scale, inclusive, transformational change that delivers our collective climate and biodiversity responsibilities. Acting comprehensively across the UK’s largest National Park, you will give residents and visitors the tools to make a difference. With over 45 committed partners, our collective endeavour is for the Park to become a global exemplar with integrity and heart, where the future is placed in the hands of the people and communities that live, work and visit here. The People and Nature Thriving Together Programme is in an NLHF development phase which will culminate in the production of a full application to the NLHF.

For further information on the programme, please visit Heritage Horizons: Cairngorms 2030

As the Nature Based Solutions Officer you will work with various CNPA officers and partner organisations/stakeholders on a range of development opportunities and plans which include woodland expansion, peatland restoration, climate resilient catchments, deer management, Climate resilient farming, landscape and communities and nature based finance.

You will also contribute to the development of the project plans for the delivery phase of Stage 2 of the NLHF application.

So, if you are keen to be the Nature Based Solutions Officer 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 Nature Based Solutions Officer, you’ll need:

  • Experience of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with land managers, agencies, organisations, contractors to deliver partnership initiatives
  • Proven experience of project, budget and contract management
  • Proven ability to achieve targets and manage workloads for self.
  • Practical experience of upland management and land use.
  • Proven experience of producing plans, specifications and costs for Nature based Solutions projects
  • Experience of planning and delivering action research projects.
  • Articulate with excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Computer and IT literate, including use of ArcMap;
  • Flexible approach to working hours as evening and weekend working will be occasionally required

A degree, or equivalent in a land management / environmental management / agriculture / forestry / nature conservation / landscape discipline, direct experience of habitat management techniques, direct experience of community engagement, experience in procuring and in interrogating land use information associated with GIS and other information systems, working knowledge of one or more of the following themes: woodland expansion, peatland restoration, catchment management, management of wild deer, landscape architecture, upland farming, landscape management, Nature based Solutions financing models, proven experience in managing funding from grant awarding bodies and knowledge of Gaelic would be beneficial to your application.

How to apply:

Please 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.

If you require more information, or if you require any adjustments to be made to the application process due to disability please contact us on 01479 873535 or email:

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Closing Date: 02/12/2021  Location: Grantown on Spey

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