Gaelic Visitor Experience Research Intern with The Cairngorms National Park Authority

Location: Grantown-on-Spey
£17,618 per year pro rata
Full-Time (37.5 hrs per week) fixed term contract for three to four months
Immediate Start
Closing date: 12 September 2019, 12 noon

Bhiodh am pròiseact seo freagarrach airson oileanach Gàidhlig a tha ag iarraidh an cuid sgilean is eòlais a chleachdadh gus cleachdadh na Gàidhlig a bhrosnachadh ann an gnìomhachas na turasachd.

- The AAI team

About the Company

The Cairngorms National Park was established in September 2003 and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) became fully operational at the same time – taking on the statutory powers necessary to ensure successful and sustainable development of the area.

The CNPA is designed to be an enabling organisation, promoting partnership working, and giving leadership to all those involved in the Cairngorms. The Park Authority does not duplicate the work of other organisations, such as the enterprise agencies or Scottish Natural Heritage, but is here to ensure there is a joined-up approach to projects and initiatives that help to meet the aims of the Park.

With a staff of 67, plus 19 board members, the Park Authority has several statutory duties including managing outdoor access in the Park, planning and development management, the production of a Local Development Plan and the publication of a National Park Partnership Plan.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority’s Gaelic Language Plan aims to increase the use of Gaelic across the Park, particularly through visitor interpretation and experiences. As the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) do not engage directly with visitors an online service which promotes Gaelic heritage experiences across the Park needs to be developed.

For more information on the National Park and the CNPA please visit the website

The Role

(A full Gaelic language version of the following information can be found here.)

Overseen by Francoise van Buuren, Head of communications and Engagement, this project will involve research into available Gaelic experiences within the Cairngorms National Park such as Gaelic in the Landscape guided walks, interpretation of Gaelic place names and traditional Gaelic cultural events and festivals. The project will link to the research work carried out by the Badenoch Great Place Project the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Oral History project and the Snow Roads Scenic Route project to produce information on where in the Cairngorms National Park people can enjoy a Gaelic experience with a focus on Gaelic place names. This can be added to the Gaelic as an Asset online toolkit to support local businesses provide information on Gaelic Heritage experiences across the National Park to their customers, visitors and local residents. The project will also deliver Gaelic Heritage events at the CNPA Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend in May 2020 and the CNPA Wee Walks Week in September 2020.

Working with the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership team, the Badenoch Great Place project team, the Snow Roads marketing team and the CNPA visitor services team as well as Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), Historic Environment Scotland (HES), VisitScotland (VS), Creative Scotland and other public bodies this project will create an online web resource that helps Cairngorms National Park residents and visitors enjoy Gaelic experiences in the National Park.

Tasks will include:
• Carry out an online audit on information already available on Gaelic experiences in the Cairngorms National Park to identify what the current online experience is for residents and visitors interested in the Gaelic Language in the National Park
• Carry out an audit of existing Gaelic Experiences being delivered in the Park via the VisitScotland Gaelic Experiences schemes
• Carry out an audit to identify what Gaelic experiences are available within the Park via Bòrd na Gàidhlig and other Gaelic groups in the Park (using the previous Gaelic Language student intern’s list of resources & contacts)
• Through VisitScotland and the Gaelic Tourism Strategy Steering group find out how Gaelic experiences across Scotland are currently being promoted online to identify best practice and how Gaelic Experiences in the Cairngorms National Park could link in with national online promotion and websites
• Research/identify Gaelic events/stories in the Park which could be developed into Gaelic experiences for visitors working with the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Project, Badenoch Great Place Project and Snow Roads scenic route and Speyside Way project teams and the CNPA Visitor Services team
• Create a webpage on the CNPA/Discover section which promotes the Gaelic experiences currently available in the CNP with links to further information
• Add information on Gaelic Experiences in the Park to the Gaelic as an Asset Online Toolkit promoted to Businesses in the Cairngorms National Park

• Produce a webpage on the CNPA website CNPA/Discover section which promotes Gaelic experiences in the National Park
• Provide recommendations on how Gaelic Experiences in the Cairngorms National Park can be promoted via other visitor facing websites e.g.


This project would suit a Gaelic Language student/graduate looking to apply their skills and knowledge to promote the use of Gaelic in the tourism industry.

• Fluency in the Gaelic Language
• Experience in tourism, visitor interpretation & communication, website/online resource development and community engagement
• Well organised
• Able to work unsupervised and to own initiative
• Experience of research
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) – to produce web/online promotional messages and ability to communicate well with external partners & CNPA staff

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as doing so may negatively impact your employment opportunity.


Closing date for applications is 12 September 2019, 12 noon

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form by clicking “Apply” on our website. Examples of what we like to see in a cover letter can be found HERE

All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. In your Cover Letter, please state: A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications.

We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.