Bannau Brycheiniog/ Brecon Beacons National Park Authority : Heritage Officer

£32,076 – £33,945 pa
Full time (37 hrs pw), permanent
Location: National Park Headquarters in Brecon. Powys

National Parks were designated in order to protect beautiful areas for the benefit of the nation. They came about as a result of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, which put a legislative framework in place for the establishment of National Parks in England and Wales.

The Role

To assist in the conservation, enhancement, understanding and promotion of the historic environment of the Brecon Beacons National Park. To provide advice to the Planning function of the National Park in relation to Listed Building applications, planning applications affecting conservation areas, and applications affecting undesignated historic assets.

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide advice to the National Park Authority officers and members on the management of the historic environment with specific reference to the Historic Built Environment.
  • To provide advice to Planning and Enforcement Officers on the merits of the determination of listed building applications, conservation area, planning consents, and pre-application enquiries
  • To assist in increasing awareness of the historic built environment of the National Park through developing community outreach and awareness building, including conservation area appraisals
  • To assist in the development of projects and bids for grant aid
  • To be a contact point for/provide information for the general public on the care of historic buildings.
  • To assist in developing, implementing and reviewing an historic environment strategy for the National Park and contribute to its implementation.
  • To assist in the development of interpretative material
  • To work with and provide advice to community and stakeholder groups involved with the historic environment including but not limited to the Historic Environment Partnership
  • Any other related duties and responsibilities appropriate to the postholder’s remit and grading level within the organisation as determined by the Director of Planning & Place.

Skills & Qualifications

  • A degree in historic building conservation, Town and Country Planning, architecture or other related discipline.
  • A good understanding of UK architectural history and the ability to assess a wide range of historic buildings, advise on their merit, and assess proposals for change.
  • A good working knowledge of information technology. Practical experience of GIS, word-processing, and databases.
  • Knowledge and an understanding of legislation relating to listed buildings and conservation areas.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to write reports, present and discuss information with members of the public and other stakeholders and agencies.
  • To be resourceful, positive and self-motivated and have the ability to show initiative.
  • Level 0 Welsh Language Skill.
  • To be a member or working towards membership of a relevant professional body such as the IHBC, RTPI or RIBA
  • Knowledge of Welsh historic architecture
  • 2 years’ experience in a role related to listed buildings and conservation areas or similar direct work.
  • Knowledge of the UK’s National Parks and the Brecon Beacons in particular Level 1 Welsh Language Skill


  • Holiday allowance 23 days per annum plus 8 public holidays and 2 extra statutory days, pro rata.
  • The pension scheme in place is a standard Local Government one; the employee contributes 5.5% (up to £16,500) which rises to 5.8% (£16,501) of their contractual hours worked and the employer currently contributes 20.9 %.

To Apply

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Further information and APPLY

Closing date: 4 March 2024
Interview date: 14th March 2024

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