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. The Cairngorms National Park Authority is dedicated to ensuring that our breathtaking natural beauty is accessible to individuals from all walks of life, as residents, visitors, job applicants, employees, and volunteers, regardless of their background, beliefs or needs. As such, we have partnered with Black Professionals Scotland, and have also signed up with LGBT Youth to gain LGBT Charter accreditation. We are members of the Rainbow Enterprise Network and are a Disability Confident committed employer. We are also a Young Person’s Guarantee organisation.
The Park Authority was one of the first public sector organisations to adopt a Menopause Policy, and we also have a Domestic Abuse Policy, both of which sit alongside our Equal Opportunities Policy. We have recently adopted a Neurodiversity Policy, a Reasonable Adjustments Passport Policy and a Gender Diversity Policy. We would support and encourage all job applicants to disclose, if they are comfortable to do so, at the earliest stages of the application process any conditions, and may include neurodiversity as well as physical disabilities (they do not have to be formally diagnosed), along with any adjustments that we can make to better support their participation in application, interview, and potential employment with the Park Authority.
One of our Equality Outcomes is “to ensure a more diverse workforce”, and we continuously seek to deliver actions to achieve this outcome. Through the support of the above-mentioned partnerships, associations and policies, we are striving to have a truly diverse workforce, and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, Race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, relationship status, disability, age and social class. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from minoritised ethnic communities, disabled and LGBTQ+ communities, as they are under-represented in the environment sector.
We are committed to being the best small public sector body in Scotland and see this work as vital to achieving this aim. We welcome any honest feedback on how we can improve and be truly accessible to all communities across the Cairngorms and beyond.