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

Opportunity of the Month for June - 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.


Volunteering Opportunities with the National Park

‘Out and About’ delivery volunteers!

Out and About 2017Each summer, we deliver over 8,000 copies of our annual visitor magazine to primary schools in the North York Moors area.

That’s currently 66 schools in five areas – Whitby, Scarborough, Cleveland, Ryedale and Hambleton!

The National Park’s Interpretation Officer is looking for a small, well-organised team (perhaps 2 or 3 people who may already work together) willing to:

  • devise a delivery schedule
  • call schools to check current roll numbers
  • collect the magazines from Sawmill Lane, Helmsley
  • deliver to schools the week beginning 3 July (and complete by 7 July)

Please contact the volunteer team at volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk for more details.

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 volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk

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 volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk if you are interested in learning more.

Join the Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme

Group photo by Tammy AndrewsWe are currently advertising for new groups and families to get involved with our Cleveland Way Adoption Scheme. It is a great opportunity to continue exploring whilst helping to care for our popular National Trail. Full training will be provided. Each family/group will receive a handbook and a small set of tools so they can carry out simple maintenance work while walking their adopted section.

If you are interested in adopting a section, please get in touch with Tammy Andrews at t.andrews@northyorkmoors.org.uk

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 chris.hansell@hawkandowl.org or telephoning 07591 567338.

Volunteers needed for the Moorsbus

MoorsbusFriends of Moorsbus (a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers) continues to run a bus service throughout the Park and in doing so, helps ensure that locals and visitors alike can hop aboard and get to their destinations.

But they need your help to keep this wonderful and often vital service going.

Volunteers are needed to fill a host of voluntary roles within the organisation. These include: Passenger Survey Supporters (being a friendly face who chats with passengers about their journey and distributes surveys), Membership Secretary (maintaining the member/supporter database, distributing membership cards), BusWalks Manager (arranging walks that use a bus for part of the journey) and even a Friends of Moorsbus Newsletter Editor (writing some content and editing the company Newsletter). A full list of Moorsbus volunteering opportunities can be seen on their website www.moorsbus.org

If you are interested in any of the roles please email volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk

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

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

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.

Maintenance Ranger Volunteers (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. Tasks run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with extra days where needed. If you are interested in becoming a Maintenance Ranger Volunteer 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 Volunteering Department on volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk or call 01439 772700.