Head of Strategy and Ranger Service

£56,258 - £62,688

Permanent, full time position


This is an exciting new role and you will join us at a pivotal point as we launch our new Strategy and Ranger Service. As Head of our newly formed Service, you will be responsible for bringing two services together and leading a cultural shift towards new ways of working. You will lead strategic thinking on the National Park’s future and help shape delivery to make effective changes on the ground both for our own organisation and those of the Partnership.

Your role

Our challenges are significant but so are our opportunities:

  • Nature recovery, climate mitigation and adaptation through farming;
  • Climate action – achieving Net Zero;
  • Vibrant communities and a prosperous economy post Covid19;
  • Sustainable transport; and
  • A Lake District for Everyone.

…and we need you to help us make transformational change.

What it’s like to work here

The Lake District National Park is England’s largest World Heritage Site, inscribed due to its outstanding universal values of Identity, Inspiration and Conservation.

Our headquarters in Kendal is a hub for our Strategy and Ranger teams, but you’ll also find them at our distinctive area bases within the park.

You will be part of the Strategic Leadership Team, and also work closely with team leaders within the Strategy and Ranger Service to deliver the organisational strategy.

You will also lead LDNP’s role as a key member of the Lake District National Park Partnership, a unique model of collaborative working involving 25 organisations from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors. In 2006, the Partnership agreed a shared Vision for the National Park in 2030, representing a collective commitment to work together in the best interest of the National Park, its environment, communities, economy and visitors.

About you

You are an experienced leader who can bring together two services to form a new, agile and dynamic Strategy and Ranger Service to deliver our vision and strategy for the Lake District National Park. You will be confident and comfortable leading strategic development, liaising closely with our Members, Partners and working as part of our Strategic Leadership Team. Your leadership style will be inclusive and you will inspire teams to move forward towards new ways of working. You will maximise opportunities for team working both within our organisation and across the Partnership.

We’re happy to talk about flexible working – let us know if you want to find out more.

For an informal discussion about this position please contact Steve Ratcliffe, Director of Sustainable Development, via his PA, Caroline Matthews, caroline.matthews@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Equality of opportunity

We are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are under-represented at the LDNPA, particularly at senior level. As part of our commitment to employing disabled people, all disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirement for all competencies on the person specification, will be guaranteed an interview.

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications is: Thursday 28 January 2021 11:59am
  • Interviews will be held at Lake District National Park Authority on a date to be confirmed

Information Pack:

Next steps

Please send your CV and cover letter to HR.Services@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Please ensure that your cover letter is sent as an attachment in either Word or as a pdf as we are not accepting email messages to support CVs on this occasion.

We reserve the right to close this advert early should we receive sufficient applications.