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Voluntary Rangers 

Voluntary Rangers help our National Park by:

  • assisting National Park Rangers in their duties
  • engaging with visitors to the National Park, providing advice and local knowledge
  • carrying out practical access and conservation projects
  • participating in events and promotional activities to help increase awareness and understanding of the Park
  • encouraging people to think positively and act responsibly toward the North York Moors
  • and most importantly, helping people to enjoy the Park and appreciate its many special qualities


  • Are you available for at least 12 patrols per year on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays?
  • Are you self-reliant and motivated to undertake patrols on your own in all weathers?
  • Do you enjoy engaging with the public?
  • Are you able to map read and navigate using a compass?
  • Do you have a passion for the North York Moors National Park?
  • Do you want to develop new skills and learn more about the National Park?

We are not currently recruiting for Voluntary Rangers but if you are interested in becoming a Voluntary Ranger please contact Julia Jewitt, Ranger Service Technical Assistant on 01439 772 700 or

We will keep your details on file and contact you once we start recruitment again later in the year. Thank you.

As it is important that our Voluntary Rangers are well matched and right for the role, we have a recruitment process which involves informal interviews and a training programme.

One Voluntary Ranger, Paul Ming, says: 'Becoming a Voluntary Ranger (VR) gives me the opportunity to give something back after a lifetime of visiting and walking in the North York Moors. It is always a pleasure for me to be out in the park, to help with the upkeep of it and to share my enthusiasm of the moors with members of the public. I find it all very rewarding.

My most unusual experience must be Operation Prang, an emergency scenario with the North York Moors Railway. Many VRs were involved and I had the role of “casualty with a broken leg” to be rescued by the emergency services. I received training about the Sea King Helicopter beforehand as I was to be airlifted from the scene. Unfortunately the helicopter had to leave for operational reasons and I miraculously recovered.  

There are so many different opportunities as a Voluntary Ranger - if you have a love for the outdoors there will be something for you'.

Another Voluntary Ranger who has been volunteering with us for 8 years initially got involved because of her love for the North York Moors, walking and being a part of the landscape. She’s really motivated and completes regular weekend patrols while working full time. She says: ‘If anyone has a passion for the outdoors and wants to become more involved with the National Park – try it.  What an excuse for a day’s walking!  You meet people from all walks of life and different nationalities on the patrols’.

Other Ranger Roles

Looking for something different? There are opportunities for volunteers to learn practical skills working alongside our Maintenance Rangers, as part of a happy team working on public rights of way and National Trails. You could learn dry stone walling, bridge building and many other useful outdoor skills. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the role of a Maintenance Ranger Volunteer, please contact Julia Jewitt, Ranger Service Technical Assistant on 01439 772 700 or