Written on 13/08/19 by Paul Oldham

Become a Fell Top Assessor

The Lake District National Park Authority is currently recruiting for a new Fell Top Assessor to join its expert team.

Applications are being invited from mountain professionals who want to provide first-hand, boots on the ground weather updates and safety advice for fell-walkers during the winter months.

Lake District Fell Top Assessor

Each day from December to April - including Christmas day - one of the Park's Fell Top Assessor team ascends one of England's highest peaks, Helvellyn, to take weather readings and assess winter walking and climbing conditions.

They share their reports on the Park's trusted Weatherline website which has provided invaluable advice for over 30 years and on Twitter as @lakesweather to over 13,000 followers.

Additionally the new Fell Top Assessor will instruct winter skills courses throughout the season to ensure that people are as safe as they can be on the fells, so applicants will need to have a Winter Mountain Leader qualification and ideally a Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor.

The successful candidate will join another two Fell Top Assessors and will work on a part time rotational basis over the winter months.

Zac Poulton has been one of the National Park's Fell Top Assessors for the past two years. He says:

I get a great sense of job satisfaction knowing that I am helping to keep people safe on the fells. Every day is different and, as Helvellyn is 'my office', I often think how lucky I am. It's definitely the best job in the Lake District in my opinion.

More information on the role can be found here. The closing date for applications is 26th August.

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