A unique volunteering opportunity is available for anyone interested in improving public access to the North York Moors National Park.
The Local Access Forum (LAF) meets twice a year to address issues such as rights-of-way improvements, signage, public transport and new cycle routes.
Members of the forum represent three different groups. The first of these is people who use the National Park for recreation, including horse-riders, cyclists and users of personal mobility vehicles such as scooters and trampers. The second is those who represent owners or managers of land in the North York Moors, while a third group have interests including history and heritage, or are business owners or community members.
The aim is to ensure that the National Park is as welcoming and accessible as possible, while remaining mindful that it is a living, working landscape and a home to endangered plants and wildlife.
Two vacancies are available on the forum, one to represent users of rights of way and recreational access, and a second to speak for ‘other interests’ in the North York Moors, be that, health, tourism, education, culture or an alternative area.
The National Park Authority is keen to include voices from as many different communities and backgrounds as possible, to make sure that it is delivering for everybody.
For more information or do download an application form, please visit northyorkmoors.org.uk/jobs or contact Judith Seaton on 01439 772586.
The deadline for applications is Friday 13 October (midday). Brief informal meetings with shortlisted candidates will take place on Friday 20 October in Helmsley.
Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952, it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8.4 million visitors a year.
The National Park has two visitor centres, Danby Lodge National Park Centre and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.
The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.
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