Have you ever dreamed of running a national park?

If so, this Lake District job could be your dream come true.

Recruitment for a new chief executive for the Lake District National Park, England’s largest National Park and World Heritage Site, starts this week.

Outgoing chief executive, Richard Leafe, who has held the role for the past 16 years, said: "This is an exciting time to lead the National Park Authority.

"The dedicated staff and volunteers work hard and are continually looking for new ways to care for this special place, balancing the future of farming, nature recovery and our race to become a net zero National Park.

"It’s bittersweet to step back from a role I’ve enjoyed so much for so long, but I know there will be an excellent leader out there who’s hungry for the challenge to guide the National Park through its next chapter."

The chief executive will lead more than 200 staff and set the overall strategy and vision for the authority.

They also coordinate with members, who are appointed by public bodies and form the authority’s board, and numerous partner organisations to manage the National Park.

Chairperson of the Lake District National Park Authority, Tiffany Hunt, said: "We’re looking for someone with strong, inspirational leadership skills and experience; a passion for the Lake District and the drive to help set out the vision and priorities for our next Partnership’s Management Plan.

"We welcome candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and look forward to receiving applications through our appointed recruitment partner."

You can apply for this sought-after role by April 8, 2024, via Gatenby Sanderson.