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Career opportunity: Eryri’s National Park Authority is looking for a Graduate Trainee to specialise in Built Conservation.

The National Park Authority is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for a graduate trainee with a passion for historic building conservation. For the first two years the successful candidate will divide their time between undertaking a two-year Masters’ degree in Conservation of Historic Environment and working part-time with the Planning and Development Service. After qualifying, there will be a subsequent two-year full-time employment period with the Planning and Development Service.

One of Eryri’s special qualities is the rich heritage of buildings and monuments that make up its historic built environment. Within its boundaries there are around 2000 listed buildings; buildings that are central to Eryri’s landscape and culture, that also contribute to its sense of place and identity.

The Park Authority has a statutory duty to enhance and protect the historic built environment of Eryri. This is achieved through the planning process, but also by monitoring the condition of buildings and working with communities, especially within the 14 Conservation Areas that have been designated in Eryri.

A four-year post is on offer, with the possibility of making it a permanent post at the end of the period. For the first two years the successful individual will work towards a Masters’ degree in Built Conservation, as well as gaining experience in Planning by supporting Planning Officers in the daily work of the Service. After qualifying, there will be an opportunity to gain further experience and knowledge as a full time Built Conservation Planning Officer.

Iona Roberts, Head of the National Park Authority’s Planning and Development Service said:

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer this fantastic and unique opportunity to someone who wants to pursue a career in historical buildings in a National Park. There’s a general shortage of Built Conservation Officers, especially those that can speak Welsh, and so recruitment can be quite challenging. As well as giving an enthusiastic individual an opportunity to embark on a good and stable professional career, this scheme will also help to expand the pool of planning specialists that can provide the public with a service in the Welsh language.”

In order to be considered for the post, applicants will need to have a degree at a level that meets the Masters entry requirements of their chosen University, as well as an interest in historic buildings.


Notes to Editors

  1. The closing date for this post is the 19th of February 2024.
  2. The post may be made permanent at the end of the 4 year period, subject to the financial situation.
  3. Applicants will need to meet the language requirements of the post that are based on the SNPA’s Language Framework.
  4. The Authority will fund the Masters’ degree course, as well as any travelling expenses to attend the University occasionally (approximately once a month).
  5. Time for studying and attending University will be allocated within the working hours. The successful candidate will also receive internal training and full supervision by the Line Manager.
  6. For more information or to arrange an interview contact Gwen Aeron Edwards, Planning and Land Management Communications Officer on gwen.aeron@eryri.llyw.cymru or 01766 770 274/ 01766 772 238