KickStart Scheme Work Placements

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority is proud to be taking part in the government-funded Kickstart Scheme in partnership with the NPTC group of colleges.

The scheme provides funding to create new job placements for young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  The 6 work placements  within the Beacons National Park Authority  will also receive  employability and wellbeing support provided by Pathways Training at NPTC Group of Colleges including a nominated Training Officer (TO) to provide support and  monitor  progress.

Eligibility – you are only eligible to apply for one of these Kickstart roles if you are aged 18-24 years old, are claiming Universal credit and have been allocated a Work Coach with the Jobcentre Plus.

How to apply: With a referral from your Job Coach please apply by completing an application form. Please ensure you have stated which post you are interested in and why you are suitable for that position. CV’s will not be accepted. Applications are welcomed and accommodated in either Welsh or English.


Estate Worker (Kickstart) – 2 posts
Location – Craig Y Nos Country Park
National Minimum Wage

Join our Craig Y Nos Country Park team helping undertake estate and woodland tasks. This will include vegetation control, path repairs and conservation projects such as species surveying, ditch maintenance and invasive species control. There will be an element of construction projects as well as buildings maintenance.

The role requires safe working practice at all times and maintaining accurate records of work carried out in the required format and you will be responsible for care and maintenance of all tools, equipment used and PPE.
The role also requires effective interaction with visitors to the Country Park. There will be an opportunity to undertake training and testing to gain certificates in several skills appropriate to this role and there will be allocated time given to create a portfolio of work.

Participants should communicate an interest and awareness of conservation and recreation in the countryside. They will need to communicate effectively and maintain records. Participants must have self-motivation and the ability to work as part of a small team. An awareness of health and safety must be demonstrated. Participants will need to have willingness to learn and gain qualifications appropriate to the role as specified by line manager. Participants will need to be able to get to and from Craig y Nos Country Park for work, in line with requirements of the role. Welsh Language skills are desirable but not essential for this role.

Hours: 25 per week
Week 1: 3 days at 7 hours – Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, + 1 hour portfolio time (22 hours) Week 2: 4 days at 7 hours – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (28 hours) Hours of work: 08:00 – 15:30

Apply online
Equality Monitoring Form


Retail Assistant (Kickstart) – 1 post
Location – National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus
National Minimum Wage

Join our National Park Visitors Centre team in delivering a welcome to visitors to the National Park, and support the delivery and maintenance of the information centre, the shop and its grounds.

The role will include being a welcoming face to visitors of the National Park and maintaining a high level of customer care, helping visitors understand the special qualities of the National Park and the work of the National Park Authority. This may be through face to face, telephone or email communication.

You will help with the compilation and storage of resource material related to the above work, ensuring that all our information materials are up to date. You will work alongside our staff, helping with the opening and closing, security and safe use of the Centre, its equipment and stock. You will also be expected to advise and serve customers within the information centre and retail shop.

You will also support staff deliver the health & safety, cleanliness and presentation of all areas of the centre, and will get an opportunity to work in the back office, helping our Retail Officer in the ordering, receiving, pricing and displaying of products. There will also be opportunities to work with our groundsman with the presentation and maintenance of the Visitor Centre grounds.

The successful candidate will have a basic knowledge of the geography of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the confidence to communicate clearly with colleagues and the general public. You will need for basic numeracy skills to be enable you to work with money, costs and pricing of products. Previous use of a till system would be beneficial along with basic computer literacy skills, with experience of using email and the Microsoft Office suite of programmes. Welsh Language skills are desirable but not essential for this role.

Hours: 25 per week between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Apply online
Equality Monitoring Form


IT Support Assistant (Kickstart) – 1 post
Location – Brecon Beacons National Park HQ, Brecon
National Minimum Wage

This role will involve working as part of the National Park Authority’s Information Technology team  and include answering support calls and tickets and assigning to senior members of the IT based on fault description.
It will also require supporting users with laptops and helping them connect to the network and printing devices. It will include moving and configuring IT equipment, setting up technical equipment for meetings.  There will also be a requirement to audit and inventory of all IT equipment and log details into database, including sorting old equipment for data removal and disposal.

For this position you will need to be able to work as part of a team and have an interest in Information Technology and willingness to learn new skills and technology. Welsh Language skills are desirable but not essential for this role.

Hours: 25 per week  between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Apply online
Equality Monitoring Form


Youth Ambassador  (Kickstart) – 1 post
Location – Home working and Brecon Beacons National Park HQ, Brecon
National Minimum Wage

This role will support the National Park to develop youth friendly policies and procedures to create more opportunities for all young people.

You will be working with the National Park Authority’s Education and Communities teams to act as an ambassador for young people across the Brecon Beacons National Park.  It will require engaging with young people through a variety of communication channels to inspire a love for nature and culture and to showcase Brecon Beacons National Park’s conservation and restoration projects to peers.

You will promote opportunities to young peoples’ networks in the National Park. There will be a requirement to attend meetings with Brecon Beacons National Park staff and volunteers and to share young people’s experiences and opinions on issues such as conservation, the natural environment, climate change and accessing nature for health and wellbeing.

For this position you will need an ability to work with others from a wide range of backgrounds and have confidence in representing views of others. You will need to be proficient in social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and be competent using information technology and online application. Experience of Microsoft 365 would be beneficial. The main requirement is that you have an enthusiasm for the protecting and promoting the natural environment and for causes that support young people. You will be friendly, reliable and self-sufficient and willing to accept direction/guidance. Welsh Language skills are desirable but not essential for this role.

Hours: 25 per week  between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Apply online
Equality Monitoring Form


Communications Support Assistant  (Kickstart) – 1 post
Location – Home working and Brecon Beacons National Park HQ, Brecon
National Minimum Wage

This role will support the Communications Team to deliver key messages about the National Park and the projects and core work programmes we deliver. There will be a requirement to attend meetings with Brecon Beacons National Park staff and volunteers and help share experiences and opinions on issues such as conservation, the natural environment, climate change and accessing nature for health and wellbeing. Working closely with the team there will be opportunity to assist with news articles, take photographs and input on social media platforms and online content.

For this role we need someone who has an understanding of the work of National Parks, local communities and is enthusiastic about current environmental issues. You must have an interest in nature and have a passion for social media, writing, photography or videography. The essential skills we are looking for are good communications skills, self-motivation, the ability to inspire people, the ability to use your own initiative and be able to work in a team. Good IT skills, especially windows software, and a knowledge of Microsoft Teams/365 would be beneficial.  Experience using social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are required. Welsh Language skills are desirable but not essential for this role.

Hours: 25 per week  between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Apply online
Equality Monitoring Form