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February's Volunteering Opportunity of the Month:

Riverfly Monitoring Volunteer

The National Park is recruiting a team of volunteers in partnership with the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust, to help monitor the health of the River Esk Catchment. Training will be provided at a Riverfly Monitoring Workshop. Please read on to learn more:

We are running a Riverfly Monitoring Workshop on 1 March 2017 from 9.30am to 4.30pm for anyone who is interested in wildlife and the great outdoors, to help monitor the health of the River Esk Catchment. It will be held at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby (YO21 2NB) and the admission and cost of training is FREE (thanks to support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery).

The workshop is led by Stuart Crofts, a River Entomologist and expert fly-fisherman who has competed in World Fly Fishing Championships. Stuart will run through how to collect samples from the river followed by how to identify key invertebrate groups.

Riverfly Monitoring VolunteerOnce you have attended the workshop and are a trained volunteer we ask that you help us by committing to monitor a small area of the river. It's really straightforward - you will be allocated a site that suits you and then you collect six samples (once a month from May to October each year) and see what you find. There is a simple form to fill in and then you can send us your results.

Understanding what groups of invertebrates are in the River Esk helps us to assess the water quality and health of the Esk Catchment. This in turn will help us to target our efforts more effectively when carrying out catchment restoration work.

Please contact Alex Cripps (Catchment Partnership Officer) if you would like to book a place or require further details, by emailing or calling 01439 772700.

Other Current 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 Julie Crocker on or telephone 01845 597426.

Other Volunteering Opportunities at our Visitor Centres

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 email Rita Rudsdale (The Moors National Park Centre, Danby) or Julie (Sutton Blank National Park Centre)

Join the HOOTS!

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.

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.

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.

Voluntary Rangers (Northern area)

Ranger (Northern Area)Voluntary Rangers are very much the ambassadors of the North York Moors National Park! They patrol mainly at weekends and bank holidays. The role is varied and includes area patrols and reporting back or dealing with minor issues, fire watch, surveys, assisting the public, minor works or joining a work party for larger tasks and litter collection. Voluntary Rangers are expected to complete around 12 patrols per year, and also attend training events as necessary.

Maintenance Volunteers (Northern 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.


The Northies are a small group who meet on the last Friday of every month. They are led by the Area Maintenance Ranger and undertake a variety of access work including vegetation clearance, path surfacing and boardwalk construction

If you are interested in joining any of these groups please get in touch with Naomi Green, Senior Ranger (North) by emailing or telephoning 01287 661013 (office).

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 Gez Marshall on or call him 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 Simon Bassindale by emailing or calling 01439 772700.

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 George Flanagan on or give him a call on 01439 772737.