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14 The Square, PH26 3HG
£24,285 - £26,374 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time & Part Time
37.5 hours per week
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Salary:                   £24,285 - £26,374 (Band B)

Location:              Grantown on Spey

Job Type:               Permanent Contract

Hours:                    37.5 hours per week, though part time hours of 30 hours per week may be considered.

Closing Date:       12pm (noon), Tuesday 8th February 2022

Interview Date:   Tuesday 1st March 2022 (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 Planning team who are committed to delivering a high quality planning service, every day. 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 a Planning Support Officer to join the CNPA and provide efficient operation of all administrative, clerical and support systems for the Planning Service, along with a great first point of contact experience for our customers.

The Role:

The Planning Support Officer provides administration support for both the Development Management and Development Planning teams, meaning you will experience working across the whole of the planning service.

You will perform administration tasks such as the preparation of planning application documentation and Planning Committee and other general planning related administrative duties, affording you the opportunity to understand the inner-workings of a National Park planning service.

You will assist with planning related queries, meaning you will provide a great first point of contact experience to our customers.

So, if you are keen to be the Planning Support Officer, providing an efficient administrative, clerical and support systems for the Planning Service, along with a great first point of contact experience for our customers 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 Planning Support Officer, you’ll need:

Must be computer literate and have an in-depth knowledge and experience of using Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint and have experience of developing and maintaining databases;

Ability to be precise/accurate in use of specialised IT systems;

Ability to maintain confidentiality when required;

Must have accurate audio and copy-typing skills to a reasonable speed;

Have a flexible approach and outlook and be able to apply skills (including problem solving) and intellect (using own initiative) to a range of tasks and issues;

Ability to work in small office environment where team-working and multi-tasking is essential;

Excellent communication and customer care skills;

Driving Licence or access to a driver if disability prevents driving.

Experience of using Uniform, Document Management Systems and GIS systems, knowledge of town planning and experience of working within a Planning Service, experience of taking minutes, an understanding of the purpose and aims of the National Park and previous experience of a broad range of administrative and technical functions would be beneficial to your application.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form below, 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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