Zac Poulton checks the condition of a cornice on Helvellyn. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Zac Poulton checks the condition of a cornice on Helvellyn. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

National park bosses in the Lake District are on the lookout for a new recruit to make daily ascents of England’s third-highest mountain.

The vacancy for a felltop assessor has arisen after one of the current trio stepped down from the post.

Graham Uney had worked in the role for five years, alongside assessors Jon Bennett and Zac Poulton.

The Lake District National Park Authority has advertised the post, which involves making the ascent of Helvellyn for five days out of every 14 between December and April to provide information on conditions on the mountain during the winter period, for the authority’s Weatherline service.

The role also includes being an ambassador for the national park and, from time to time, leading winter skills courses for paying customers.

The minimum qualifications for the job are Winter Mountain Leader, and the higher award or Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor are desirable.

The felltop assessor must also be able to write concise reports and be familiar with common IT applications and social media.

Deadline for applications is Monday 26 August. More details and how to apply are on the Lake District National Park Authority website.

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