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Helen Pye

Helen is one of only two females in her profession as a warden of the Snowdonia National Park. She has worked hard to get to where she is breaking the stereotype that is perceived as a man’s job. she would be the first to try and disband the notion that a warden‘s job is male orientated and would encourage females to apply for roles as rangers and wardens within the Snowdonia National Park. The key characteristic Helen looks for in a warden is personable skills as a lot of the work is talking to visitors of the park and a basic foundation in conservation or country side management. 

The role of a warden is so varied with each day being very different to the next. One day you may be surveying paths and the next it may be conserving the area from invasive species. Advising and educating visitors to the park is a priority to ensure everyone has a good experience and are aware of the importance of protecting the area. 

Helen’s journey to become a warden, her dream job, started at a time when she didn’t know that a job of its kind existed. She decided to ignore all recommendations to stay in education and went travelling. Three years was spent in France as a canoe instructor on the Ardèche River where she developed a love for the outdoors and a desire to protect. She left France and enrolled on a Countryside Conservation Degree Course at Aberystwyth University where she set up a wildlife club for kids. Six years was then spent working as a warden in the Brecon Beacons when she landed her ultimate job, she thought, as a warden in Snowdonia National Park, until two years later she was promoted to Senior warden in North Snowdonia.   

Helen still loves her job and the variation of strategy planning and conference organising to taking a long walk at the end of a long day at the office to talk to visitors and staff that are out in the park. 

Follow Helen’s favourite walk which starts from Pen y Pass to Bwlch y Moch which then takes you to Carreg Gwalch and back to Pen y Pass.