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About Cairngorms National Park Authority

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) provides leadership for the National Park, bringing people together towards a common purpose, enhancing the Cairngorms National Park for all, inspiring new generations.

The CNPA is an innovative, inclusive organisation, with every employee empowered to contribute towards their aim of being the best small public sector organisation in Scotland. The authority works to ensure that everyone is living, working and caring for the National Park in such a way that it remains to be enjoyed by future generations.

CNPA place huge importance and priority on training and actively encourage employees to be well trained and fully equipped to seek promotional opportunities in the organisation. This is supported by their recruitment policy, through which all posts are recruited internally first and only go external if they cannot fulfil them with an internal candidate.

The organisation also allows employees to use three days of work time to engage in volunteering activities in the park or work shadowing. During this time they can shadow colleagues on other teams of the organisation to enhance their understanding of those areas of work.

What is it like to work for Cairngorms National Park Authority

CNPA have implemented several interventions to enhance employee wellbeing, which include yoga sessions, on-site massage with a local masseuse, which are being offered to all employees.  
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
CNPA have a Greening group which comprises eight employees from across the organisation who are responsible for ensuring they adopt green management practices. They also set aside money each year for greening options - each year they assess their carbon performance in areas such as number of flights taken and business miles driven, and allocate cash to offset the carbon generated from these activities.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Employees who are noted through their appraisals as performing well are supported to attend conferences away, which can include conferences abroad. 

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