The National Park Authority has about 60 staff. Their role is to ensure the effective day to day running of the organisation to provide information and advice to the Board to support them in making effective decisions. The staff are based in two offices, in Grantown-on-Spey and in Ballater.
The Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in the UK yet the CNPA has the smallest staff of any National Park Authority in the country. This is because the organisation tries very hard to work through other organisations, using its money to add value to their work rather than employ many staff.
The staff are generally recruited on the basis of their skills and experience. Job vacancies are advertised openly in the newspapers and on the CNPA website and the best condidates are interviewed. The most suitable staff are the recruited.
The CNPA is a popular place to work. Most new jobs that are advertised attract many applications see CNPA website for any current vacancies. And in 2010 CNPA won a place in the Sunday Times competition to identify the best places to work in the UK.
There are four broad groups of staff within the CNPA, covering a wide range of work and activities including:
- Corporate Services including finance, human resources, business services and LEADER programme
- Communications and Engagement including communication, education and inclusion
- Strategic Land Use including land management, heritage and forwardplanning
- Sustainable Rural Development including development management, housing, outdoor access, tourism and visitor services, sustainable economy.
The CNPA staff’s role is to ensure the effective day to day running of the authority and provide information and advice to the Board to support them to make effective decisions.