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Young Ranger and Explorer Club assistants

Explorers ClubCan you help deliver our Young Ranger and Explorer Club schemes?

The Explorer Club gives families with children aged 4-10 the opportunity to take part in a range of practical work tasks. Our aim is to encourage them to consider volunteering regularly in the North York Moors National Park in order to help sustain it for future generations.

The scheme is delivered over six sessions, one session a month for six months. On the completion of the initial six sessions, families can graduate to become Explorer Volunteers!

Our Young Ranger Scheme is open to young people between the ages of 11 and 17. Activities take place once a month in various locations around the National Park. Young people find themselves learning new skills through completing different conservation tasks such as footpath maintenance and habitat and wildlife surveys.  There’s also the opportunity for learning new skills relating to navigation and safety on the hills.

If you would like to get involved or learn more about these roles, please contact the Volunteering Team at Please note a DBS check is required for these positions.

The Young Archaeologists' Club

Can you Help? Do you have knowledge of archaeology or history? The Moors and Valley Young Archaeologists' Club needs you. We are looking for enthusiastic - leaders, assistants and/or guest speakers..

If you are interested or require further information contact or phone 01439 772700.

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Families needed to lend a hand - join our Explorer Club.

Find our more about the Explorer Club and add your name to the waiting list.

Alternative Energy Researchers

Do you have an interest in climate change? Are you looking for a volunteering role you can do from home? We have an alternative energy research role available.

We have ageing gas or oil boilers in our HQ buildings and Visitor Centres which will all need replacing over the next 5 years. What other sources of energy might help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels? Advice on alternatives including ground and air source heat pumps, biomass, solar panels and other technologies would be really welcome. If you’d be able to help us reduce our carbon footprint, let us know.

Please contact the Volunteering Team if you are interested on or phone 01439 772700.

Assistant Walk Co-ordinator

We are looking for a volunteer to assist the Walks Co-ordinator with the administration of the Breath of Fresh Air and WalkFest walks programmes and other events as necessary. Your voluntary role will be to undertake administrative tasks and have contact with Walk Leaders, National Park staff, volunteers and members of the public to ensure the smooth running of walk programmes.

For further information please contact the Volunteering Team on or phone 01439 772700.

Autism Plus Volunteer

Autism PlusPark House Barns in Gilling East is an Autism Plus social enterprise which supports young adults with autism, learning and physical disabilities and has recently become an Associate Group of the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Park House Barns are hoping to form a core group of volunteers to work alongside their creative and enthusiastic young people on a number of exciting projects. Volunteer tasks will include: horticultural and gardening activities, nature trail, sensory and adult play area construction, bird hide and pond creation, key administration tasks, chocolate making and packaging, honey extraction and promotion at local show stalls. There is even the opportunity to become involved with their Morris Minor classic car hire enterprise!

If you are interested in finding out more about what they do, please contact or call 01439 787185. Please note a DBS check is required for these positions.

Office-based volunteer roles

Office based volunteer We have a number of office roles based at our Headquarters in Helmsley. These include: data entry for a number of projects (including archaeological finds), answering phones and queries, fulfilling general office responsibilities.

A basic knowledge of computers would be an asset in this role - please contact the Volunteering Team for our current availability!

Moorsbus - PA role

We are seeking a volunteer Personal Assistant for our Associate Group, Moorsbus, who operate a bus network throughout the North York Moors National Park and beyond. This is a home-based role, with travel to attend meetings, potentially in the evenings. The role will involve using your skills for data entry, report writing, organisation and liaising with contacts as necessary. This is a very flexible role and hours for this role are negotiable.

Gallery exhibition and installation volunteers

Volunteer installing exhibitionWe are looking for volunteers to join our small friendly team to help with hanging and installation of exhibits in our Inspired by… gallery.

There are nine installation/exhibitions per year and volunteers will be given training in all aspects of hanging an exhibition and all that entails.

A minimum commitment of 2 days per month is required, these days run concurrently.

We have two away days per year to other galleries for idea sharing and to look at other installations.

Please contact if you are interested in learning more.

Inspired by… gallery children’s events volunteers

Art at the Inspired by...We are looking for people to join our small but very enthusiastic team of volunteers to help with a new and exciting addition to the Inspired by…gallery events programme.

From next year we will be introducing a programme of art workshops for children. They are still in the planning stages but each workshop (for a maximum of 8 children) will be approximately 2 hours long and will run twice a day. We aim to run approximately 4 to 6 in the first year and also a couple of outdoor “drop in” sessions. They will mainly take place during the school holidays.

Volunteers would be required to help with one or two per year. Tasks would typically include

  • Research background information and prepare resources for children’s art workshops.
  • Assist with set up of children’s art workshop activities
  • Assist with meeting & greeting parents and getting the children settled/organised at the beginnings/ends of sessions
  • Support the workshop leader in the delivery of art workshop activities, through engaging with the children encouraging them to experiment and reinforcing the correct vocabulary/teaching points
  • Assist with take down/clearing up.

If you have an interest in art and enjoy working with children and getting involved in “messy” activities, please contact to register an interest.

Please note a DBS check is a requirement for this role.

Gallery activities assistant volunteers

As part of the Inspired by… gallery programme we are expanding our art courses and activity programme.

We are looking for volunteers who have an interest in art and have good communication skills to join our team and help to deliver this exciting new project.

Training will be given on all aspects of the role.

A minimum commitment of 2 days per month is required. We have two away days per year to other galleries for idea sharing and to look at other installations.

Please contact if you are interested in learning more