Natural England is looking to recruit 11 new Secretary of State (SoS) appointed members to seven of the English National Parks and three (SoS) members to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Boards. These are:
- The Broads Authority
- Dartmoor National Park
- Lake District National Park
- New Forest National Park
- Northumberland National Park
- North York Moors National Park
- Peak District National Park
- Chilterns AONB Conservation Board
- Cotswolds AONB Conservation Board
Natural England is looking to attract a wide range of passionate and committed people who have an appreciation of England’s Protected Landscapes and in particular National Parks/ AONBs as significant national assets, their statutory purposes and be able to take account of interests at both the national and local level. In addition, candidates should have the ability to think strategically and provide advice and challenge in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions. Part of the National Parks 8 point plan, which was launched last year, aims to connect young people with nature, promote the knowledge that they are everyone’s National Parks and the important role they play in serving public health.
A Secretary of State member acts as an ambassador, engages and influences a diverse network of contacts and works collaboratively with all who are responsible for managing the land. To complement the skills of other members, additional criteria apply to some of the member positions – the candidate pack provides full details. The closing date for applications is noon, 22 March.