Planning Officer with The Cairngorms National Park Authority

Location: Grantown-on-Spey
£26,598 – £37,844 (Band C/D) plus excellent benefits
Full-time (37.5 hours per week) fixed-term contract for 3 years
Immediate start
Closing date: 9 March 2021
Interviews will be held on 24 March 2021 by video call

Please note that this vacancy has a different application process to our other posts. The application instructions can be found below.


About the Organisation

“The Cairngorms National Park is one of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. Renowned for its mountains, it has at its centre a montane plateau higher than 1000m, it also has extensive native pine forests, extensive moorland and a rich and diverse cultural landscape along its straths and glens. With its strong local music scene, some fantastic locally produced food and drink and it’s abundance of outdoor pursuits the Cairngorms National Park is a very special place to live and work.

Cairngorms National Park is more than just an idyllic place to work, the Park Authority is one of the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for. We also offer many benefits such as; a great place to work, cycle to work scheme, generous annual leave allowance, flexitime and a very competitive pension scheme.  Our Grantown on Spey headquarters is within easy reach of Aviemore and Inverness.

Learn more about CNPA and their vision here.


The Role

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to work in one of the most amazing places in the world?

The team now has an exciting opportunity for a Planning Officer to join the Planning Team.

The successful applicant will contribute, as part of a small team, to an efficient and effective Planning Service by delivering and improving the technical and administrative processes associated with planning and undertaking planning casework.

You can find the full details of the post here: Planning Officer Job Description

This is a career graded post. Demonstrable experience of working with planning caseload would support appointment immediately to band D (salary scale £31,438 – £37,844).  Alternatively, the post is suitable for a recent graduate, starting at a graduate level salary band C, (salary scale £26,598 – £31,115), but subject to ongoing performance and organisational need, there is scope to work through the graduate role upwards into a Planning Officer level role (band D). Movement onto band D grading will be subject to appraisal reviews of performance and experience gained.

The appointment carries excellent benefits such as flexitime, generous annual leave and a defined pension scheme to name just a few.



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


• A recognised degree in Town Planning or closely related subject area and eligible for Membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute 

• Excellent communication and customer service skills 

• Ability to meet tight deadlines with minimal supervision and work effectively and efficiently within the context of a small team 

• Spatial awareness skills and ability to accurately interpret drawings and maps 

• IT skills – word processing, spread sheets, databases, and presentation software 

• Full UK driving licence or access to driver if disability prevents driving 


• Up-to-date knowledge and experience of Scottish planning legislation, regulations, policies and current practice 

• Experience of using and manipulating E-planning systems including Geographic Information `Systems, IDOX Uni-Form and Document Management System to process development management functions 

The National Park Authority is committed to equality of opportunity and we welcome applicants from all sectors of society.  If you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you.


Closing date for applications is 9 March 2021.

Virtual interviews will take place on 24 March 2021.

If you would like the opportunity to work for an organisation that is focused on protecting and enhancing this National Park then please download the job description and application pack below.  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: recruitment@cairngorms.co.uk

Please note, we do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV). Applications should be emailed to recruitment@cairngorms.co.uk 

To see how the CNPA collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants, please view the Privacy Notice.

Full details of the post here: Planning Officer Job Description

Application Pack: ApplicationFormPartsAC


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