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Riverfly training day at The Moors CentreRiverfly training day at The Moors Centre

Opportunity of the Month - The Young Archaeologists' Club

Children taking part in an eventCan you Help? Do you have knowledge of archaeology or history? The Moors and Valley Young Archaeologists' Club needs you. We are looking for enthusiastic - leaders, assistants and/or guest speakers..

If you are interested or require further information contact or phone 01439 772700.

Families needed to lend a hand - join our Explorer Club.

Explorer Club PosterWe will be looking for families with children aged 4 – 14 to take part in the next round of our Explorer Club which starts in May.  Follow the link to find out more about the Explorer Club and add your name to the waiting list.

For a larger image of the poster, please click here.

Cleveland Way Volunteers

Highcliffe surfacing Our Maintenance Ranger is seeking two new volunteers to help care for the stunning Cleveland Way National Trail. Having received the training, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable first-hand experience in the performance of a variety of practical work tasks within and around the edges of the National Park including: step maintenance, grass cutting, brush cutting, bridge maintenance, gate installations and surfacing work.

Transport to tasks is available usually from the Moors National Park Centre and sometimes Helmsley. If you want to be part of a small but friendly team and work in some beautiful locations, please contact the volunteer team at

Visitor Centre Volunteering with the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission

Forestry Commission, Visitor Centre at DalbyWe have a new Partnership volunteering opportunity working for both the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission in their Visitor Centres. You can, of course, still sign up to volunteer in the National Park visitor centres (based at Sutton Bank and Danby) or for the Forestry Commission in their Dalby Forest visitor centre separately, but now you can sign up to work in the Centres of both organisations in one fell swoop! Add a bit of variety to your role, and benefit by being able to talk to visitors about both organisations and locations. If you are interested, please e-mail Joan Childs.

Youth Engagement Volunteers

Volunteers at Thornton le Dale Car ParkWe are looking for an enthusiastic person who can communicate effectively with young people and ensure the smooth delivery of a range of  practical conservation tasks within the Park. These tasks have been specifically designed to cater to young people and encourage and promote conservation work within the Park.

This is a great opportunity to learn and develop new skills, particularly in relation to working with young people, education, youth work and outdoor learning.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact the volunteer team at

Seal Watch Volunteers, Ravenscar

Grey Seal at RavenscarWe are looking for volunteers to engage with visitors and offer information about the grey seal colony at Ravenscar which has up to 300 seals.

As a Seal Watch volunteer you will also be required to monitor the seals by counting numbers on a regular basis.

For more information on this role, please contact the volunteer team at

Maintenance Volunteer – Western area of National Park

Installed BridgeWorking with the Maintenance Ranger for the West and often based at the beautiful Sutton Bank visitor centre, this role will see you participating in a variety of practical conservation and public rights of way tasks including: path surfacing and drainage, stile and gate installation and repair, bridge installation and repairs, clearing fallen trees, clearing surface and overhanging vegetation, constructing steps and boardwalks, car park and grounds maintenance.

If you would like to learn how you can get involved please contact the Volunteering Team at:

Staithes Welcome Area Volunteers

Staithes Welcome AreaCan you help make Staithes even better for visitors? Our coastal area ranger team are looking for help with the upkeep of the welcome area at Staithes. This would  involve gardening and general maintenance, ideally for short periods on a regular basis. This is the first impression for most visitors to Staithes, and we'd love to make it a fantastic one!

For more information, please contact the volunteer team at

Mobile Display Unit Volunteer

Volunteer at National Park Mobile Display Unit

Based mainly at the beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay but occasionally at other sites within the Park, mobile display units are terrific sources of information for the public. We are looking for a number of enthusiastic, friendly and polite volunteers to meet and greet members of the public, inform them about the wonderful coast we have in the National Park and the experiences it holds for visitors. Volunteers will have numerous resources available to them through which to engage with the public - including images and films that have been specifically commissioned for use, social media and various websites

If you are interested in becoming a MDU Volunteer, or would like more information, please contact or ring 01439 772700.

Group Leaders and Assistants needed for Education Volunteering team

Castleton Community Primary School release salmon into the Esk 1

We are forming a new group of volunteers to support the work of our Education Service by leading children and family events at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, throughout the holidays. This brand new team will help inspire young people and families about the special environments of the North York Moors and communicate the work of the National Park through interactive and fun holiday activities. We are also looking for assistant leaders to support this programme, and will be offering any, and all necessary training for both voluntary posts.

Please contact if you are interested in learning more.

Office-based volunteer roles

Office based volunteer We have a number of office roles based at our Headquarters in Helmsley. These include: data entry for a number of projects (including archaeological finds), answering phones and queries, fulfilling general office responsibilities.

A basic knowledge of computers would be an asset in this role.

Volunteer with the HOOTS!

Hoots at Ravenscar

Join a great group of volunteers from all walks of life, doing practical management on Fylingdales Moor! Tasks on this non-shooting conservation moor include habitat management, looking after Public Rights of Way and carrying out surveys such as the annual grouse count. The tasks take place alternate Fridays and training in tool use is provided. You will need a reasonable level of fitness.

I joined the HOOTS volunteers when the group was formed, nearly 10 years ago. Projects have included  peat restoration, bridge and boardwalk building, heather burning, pond clearing, ancient monument protection as well as habitat management and footpath maintenance. There's normally a 'Plan A', and, depending on conditions, sometimes Plans B, C and D. The climate on a northern upland can be harsh, and we've worked in gales, mist, hail, snow, rain – and even sunshine – sometimes all on a single day!

So why do we turn out week after week, whatever the weather, returning tired and disreputable? We spend the day in a place of wild beauty, with special plants and wildlife; we see positive results from our work all around; we enjoy fresh air and exercise – but mainly, we have fun!

Wendy English, HOOTS volunteer

The Hawk and Owl Trust manages the moor on behalf of the owner, in partnership with the North York Moors National Park Authority. If you are interested, please contact Wildlife Ranger, Chris Hansell by emailing or telephoning 07591 567338.