LEADER Grant Programme Intern with The Cairngorms National Park Authority

Location: Grantown-on-Spey
£17,618 per annum
Full-time fixed term contract until February 2021
Immediate start
Closing date: 26 March 2020, 12 noon

About the Company

“The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) acts as the responsible body for the Cairngorms LEADER Programme: a programme of community-led local development action funded through £3 million of EU and Scottish Government grants funds and worth a total value in excess of £5 million. The programme is now in its last year of delivery, with remaining projects in delivery phase required to complete their spending by end of September 2020, and programme reporting to be completed in various stages by March 2021.

The Cairngorms Local Action Group Trust (registered charity SC046495) forms the Local Action Group responsible for management and delivery of the programme. The Trust is also near completion of the first year of its business plan for diversification away from sole focus on LEADER programme delivery toward development of a charitable voluntary giving donation and community investment scheme.”

Learn more about CNPA and their vision here: https://cairngorms.co.uk/

The Role

The year ahead represents an exciting opportunity to gain experience in the administration and management of a significant rural development programme within an experienced and knowledgeable team. This role will support and manage specific project activities in addition to providing wider administrative support to the team in its coordination and closure of the programme.

This role also gives an opportunity to work in support of the development of a relatively new charity, giving experience of a role within the charity and voluntary sector. You will be involved in communications and promotions, supporting the roll-out of the Cairngorms voluntary giving scheme, and help administer investment programmes.

• Coordinate administration and support for the Transport Integration in Cairngorms and Kilkenny sustainable rural transport project
• Lead on delivery of the programme monitoring and evaluation contract, with support from colleagues, giving the post holder experience of procurement, contract management and the delivery of a research project in a rural development context
• Support administration of live LEADER projects, helping with grant claim handling, query resolution and final reporting
• Support overall LEADER programme reporting, including development of monitoring and evaluation reports from projects and development of programme wide performance reports
• Participate as required in on-site project inspections
• Support social media promotions of Cairngorms LEADER and Cairngorms Trust charitable activities
• Support any Trust fundraising and charitable grant programme activities
• Support the Board of Trustees in their management of the charity

Additional Information:
Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan 2017 - 2022 
Cairngorms LEADER Local Development Strategy 


This internship may be of interest to anyone thinking of developing a career in areas of rural or community development. CNPA is looking for someone with the following developed knowledge and competencies:

• Relevant degree
• Enthusiastic and self-motivated
• Capacity to work as part of a team and also manage a portfolio of individual tasks
• Knowledge of and capacity to work with social media in achieving communications and promotions outcomes
• Interest in community and rural development
• Interest in National Parks in Scotland and their role in community and rural development
• Interest in working within the voluntary and charitable sector

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


Closing date for applications is Thursday 26 March 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.




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  • Mandy Cheung
    published this page in Opportunities 2020-03-20 13:47:08 +0000