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Volunteering Opportunity of the Month for March

Gardening Club Volunteers Needed

Gardening VolunteersOur beautifully designed terraced gardens surrounded by mature trees and manicured hedgerows are visited by far more than the odd strutting pheasant and flocks of songbirds drawn to the nearby feeders. For many a visitor to The Moors National Park Centre in Danby these gardens are a focal point and a treasured place of reflection. We are forming a brand new Gardening Club which will be comprised entirely of volunteers who will be in charge of tending these fabulous  gardens, helping maintain the surrounding grounds and even take part in tasks within the enchanting Crow’s Wood. At The Moors National Park Centre in Danby there truly are a number of incredible voluntary roles for those of you with green thumbs. If you are interested in volunteering with the Gardening Club, please contact the Volunteering Department at volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or give them a call on 01439 772700

Volunteering Opportunities with the National Park

Administrative Assistant

Information Assistant at Sutton Bank Information Centre by Chris J ParkerWe are looking for a Volunteer Administrative Assistant to be based at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre. Offering some of the most breathtakingly beautiful views of the Park, the Centre is a terrific place to volunteer and has a small friendly and welcoming team. We are looking for someone who can assist with telephone enquiries and filing, as well as word processing, photocopying, keeping our records and spreadsheets up to date, and sending e-mails (only a basic knowledge of computers is required).

If you are interested in this role, or would like any additional information please contact the Park Volunteering Department at volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or telephone 01439772700.

Visitor Centre Volunteer

The National Park has two fabulous Visitor Centres located at Sutton Bank and Danby. These Centres are hives of activity and often serve as information hubs for the many thousands of people who visit the Park every year. We are currently looking for volunteers to perform a host of various roles in and around these two Centres, including:

  • Meet and Greet Volunteers – welcoming visitors to the Park, engaging with and enthusing them about the many exciting and educational things to do during their visit
  • Retail Assistants – assisting customers on the shop floor, advising visitors on the various offers and fantastic products available for sale in the Centre.
  • Landscaping Volunteers – maintaining the beautiful gardens, lawns, trails and play areas at the Centre
  • Promotion Volunteers –  promoting a host of wonderful events via social media and our website
  • Events Volunteers – helping deliver a range of exciting and educational children’s activities based in and around the Centre

For more information about these volunteering opportunities please contact the Park Volunteering Department at volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or call them on 01439772700

HOOTS Volunteer!

Barn Owl by Steve Race

Would you like to join a small group of volunteers, from all walks of life, who do 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.

We are also looking for volunteers to drive the minibus for these tasks to pick up tools and volunteers. Training will be provided.

Fylingdales Moor is 6,800 acres of moorland in the North York Moors. It's an SSSI for wildlife, flora and archaeology, and is managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust. Much of the conservation work and monitoring of wildlife is done by volunteers, including me.

I joined the HOOTS volunteers when the group was formed, nearly 10 years ago. Every other Friday, HOOTS meet on the moor, to hear what task is planned for that day. 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 chris.hansell@hawkandowl.org or telephoning 07591 567338. 

Conservation Area Photography Volunteers

1 to 5 Blue Row, KepwickOur Building Conservation Team is looking for a number of volunteers to help carry out the 'Conservation Area Photographic Survey', which involves taking photos of each property in a Conservation Area, downloading, naming and checking against previous years' photos to see if any development has occurred which might require planning permission. 

All the photos should be taken from the public highway so this is ideal for those who might like a gentler task. The Authority has 41 Conservation Areas across the National Park, so you can either select villages close to home, or have an excuse to visit a village a bit further afield! 

An interest in buildings would be ideal and a good understanding of IT including the downloading and naming of digital images would be useful although full training can be provided. There is the possibility of a digital camera being provided, if needed (depending on numbers). It is a one-off task and it would be useful if the surveys could be completed by the end of the Summer. If this is of interest to you, please contact the Park Volunteering Department at volunteers@nothyorkmoors.org.uk or give them a call on 01439 772700.

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 volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or ring 01439 772700.

Volunteer Maintenance Ranger (Western Area)

Maintenance VolunteersMaintenance volunteers work on a one to one basis or as part of a small group with our Maintenance Ranger. Their tasks mainly involve access or estate work, including bridge repairs and replacements, gate and stile replacements, surface and drainage work, dry stone walling and vegetation clearance. Maintenance volunteers sign up as and when available and are needed over 7 days a week. If you are interested in becoming a Maintenance Ranger please contact the Park Volunteering Department at volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or give them a call on 01439772700.

Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers

Mountain Bike Trail VolunteersIf you enjoy getting out into the great outdoors and biking the trails at Sutton Bank, this may be just the volunteering role for you. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with re-surfacing, vegetation management, drainage and way-marking of our bike trails.

Why not come and join us on a volunteer task. Then the next time you take your bike out at Sutton Bank and are cruising down a trail, it just might be the very trail you helped create!

For further information please contact the Park Volunteering Department on volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or call them on 01439 772700.

Heathland Volunteers

The North York Moors National Park Authority owns three areas of spectacular heathland stretching across the south west corner of the North York Moors. Heathland volunteers take part in all kinds of practical tasks including vegetation clearance, control of invasive species and tree maintenance in order to maintain and improve the heathland habitat. If you enjoy the outdoors and like to get stuck in with practical hands-on tasks please contact the Park Volunteering Department on volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or call 01439 772700.