World Heritage Site Coordinator

Subject to experience, up to £40,000

The English Lake District is the UK’s newest World Heritage Site (WHS). We are the UK’s first national park to be recognised as a WHS and are visited by over 18 million people every year.  We are recruiting a new World Heritage Coordinator to help provide expert advice on managing our attributes of outstanding universal value.

The World Heritage Site nomination was developed and supported  by the Lake District National Park Partnership; 25 organisations from the public, private, community and third sector. The Partnership have an ambitious vision for the Lake District in 2030 and are committed to working together to manage and sustain the Lake District as a National Park and its WHS outstanding universal values – see link for our current management plan. You will be employed by, and based in, the Lake District National Park Authority, but work  alongside multiple partners, who have contributed funding to this position. You will work with and to the Lakes WHS Steering Group.

We are proud that we have achieved WHS status. But now the hard work begins. We need to ensure that we are managing the place and sustaining our WHS OUV whilst using WHS as a positive tool to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits in the Lake District and Cumbria. Your role will be to provide and coordinate strategic and technical advice to help us to this.

Key milestones will include:

  • Help develop and understanding of our WHS OUV
  • Developing the monitoring framework of our attributes of outstanding universal value in 2018.
  • Working with DCMS, Historic England and Partners to respond to UNESCO’s recommendations attached as part of our inscription.
  • Develop research and evidence projects to help us identify and address gaps in our evidence and understanding of our OUV.
  • Advise partners on strategies and actions required to sustaining our OUV.
  • Work with partners to advise on work that is being developed to use WHS status to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits.

About you:

This is a high profile role. We are looking for someone with significant and demonstrable expertise and experience of cultural landscapes, ideally in a WHS context, who can provide and/or act as the interface with other experts (TAG) to help us manage our attributes of outstanding universal value. This will be matched with excellent interpersonal skills which will enable you to develop relationships and trust with a diverse range of partners at senior levels.

You will evidence and data driven, yet be pragmatic and politically astute, recognising that the Lake District is a complex place, with often competing views of the future. You will be a confident and persuasive speaker, who can talk to a range of expert and non-expert stakeholders.

Our attributes of OUV as a cultural landscape cover a range of disciplines from archeology, historic buildings and landscapes, farming culture, artistic inspiration (extending from landscape features such as viewing stations to art and literary collections and modern artistic production) and the arrangement and implementation of conservation principles and approaches. We would expect the candidate to have expertise in one or more of these areas, but not all.  You will be comfortable working with other experts and advisors covering the breadth of disciplines in areas where you do not have first hand expertise.

If you have what it takes to play a key role in in this globally recognised and iconic place then get in touch.

If you’d like an informal conversation about the role then please  contact Liam McAleese Telephone - 01539 792895

Information pack including Application form

Role profile

Application form

Equality of opportunity

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applicants from all sectors of society. If you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the job, we will interview you.

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications is: Wednesday 28 March 2018 12:00pm
  • Interviews will be held at Lake District National Park Authority on Thursday 12 April 2018

Next steps

Please fill in the application form and email it to

Alternatively, you can post it to:

Human Resources
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal LA9 7RL

We are unable to accept CVs.