Eryri National Park announce opportunity to train as conservation expert

January 2024 | Arfor, Featured, Rural policy

The Eryri National Park has announced an opportunity for an individual to be employed as an expert in historic building conservation. According to the Park Authority there are around 2000 listed buildings standing within the boundaries of the park, and they are seen as an integral part not only of the landscape of Eryri, but also its culture. It is a statutory duty on the Authority to protect and improve these buildings and this work is undertaken through the planning process and community consultation.

The role will last four years, and there is the possibility for it to be made a permanent one. The successful applicant will spend two years following a masters course in Built Conservation while also working part time with the park’s Planning and Development Service. The Park Authority will pay the fees for the masters course along with travel costs to attend the University.

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.’

The closing date for applications is 19 February 2024. For further details for what is needed to qualify for the role and how to make an application, follow this link to Eryri National Park’s website or contact Gwen Aeron Edwards, Planning and Land Management Communications Officer on

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