HR Internship with The Cairngorms National Park Authority

Location: Grantown-on-Spey
£18,205 per annum
Full-time, fixed term contract for 12 months
Immediate start
Closing date: 16 September 2020, 12 noon

About the Organisation

“The Cairngorms National Park is an iconic landscape, home to over 18,000 people and attracting 1.92 million visitors every year, and it is our duty, along with many others, to look after and enhance this special place for the people of Scotland.

Along with delivering our two statutory duties of planning and outdoor access, we provide a number of services to support the Park’s businesses, land owners and local communities.”

Learn more about CNPA and their vision here


The Role

The Cairngorms NPA Human Resources (HR) Team is seeking an HR intern with an interest in human resources and administration, to help deliver its busy workload supporting the National Park Authority’s business needs.     

This post will provide efficient and effective administrative and clerical support to the HR team. The post holder will also contribute to an efficient and comprehensive HR service which supports the CNPA’s business needs.

Key Tasks

• As the organisation’s “Wellbeing Champion”, support the implementation of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which will include managing and expanding the staff wellbeing initiative, as well as researching, developing and implementing other innovative initiatives and campaigns to promote, support and enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of staff

• Provide high level, confidential administrative support for all recruitment activity, including managing the recruitment in-box, receiving applications, preparing application sift packs, and general correspondence with applicants, including responding to queries, and managing post application/interview correspondence (unsuccessful letters, invitation to interview etc.)  

• Manage all training administration, which includes updating training log for HR records; researching and sourcing training courses for staff based on training needs identified through appraisal process; booking course/conference and all other arrangements that go with it e.g. travel & accommodation; managing post-course evaluation and reporting for HR

• Provide support, as required and in keeping with the internship level of the post, to other HR staff in the development and delivery of the team’s services (which include HR policy development, case-work, statistical analysis and reporting, staff consultation, change management etc).

This is an exciting opportunity to move into HR, to learn “on-the-job”, consolidate your theoretical knowledge and build on your further education. We will also provide financial support to complete an on-line CIPD level 3 qualification (Diploma, Certificate or Award, depending on your existing qualifications) in Human Resource Practice.

The post would be based at the CNPA office in Grantown on Spey, although it may initially be remotely based, depending on the move to phase 4 of the “Scottish Government’s Route Map Through and out of the Covid Crisis”, which is when non-essential offices can re-open.

Additional Information:

Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan 2017 – 2022

Cairngorms Corporate Plan 2018 - 2022

Equality Mainstreaming & Outcome Report 2017 – 2021



You may already have a qualification in HR, and are looking to put in practice what you have learnt, or perhaps you have a more generalist, transferable qualification and are looking to change direction into the HR field.

You should be able to demonstrate that you meet the following requirements:

• Existing further education qualification(s) and a willingness and desire to work towards gaining a CIPD qualification,
• A confident, friendly and supportive approach – an approachable manner and willingness and desire to help others achieve their goals,
• Ability to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner,
• Enthusiastic and self-motivated approach to work,
• Ability to be organised and prioritise a busy workload to successfully achieve objectives;
• Ability to work as an effective team member;
• Excellent Communication and Interpersonal skills,
• Good IT skills in all areas Outlook, Word, Excel, Presentation skills.

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 Wednesday 16 September 2020, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and tailored Cover Letter through the AAI EmployAbility online application form on our website.

Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE.

All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

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.