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Ryevitalise Project

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


'Ryevitalise' is a £3.4 million Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority and partners, and inspired by local communities.

The four year scheme will focus on three main themes:

  • Water Quality and Environment - working with land managers to improve the aquatic habitat of the Rye, and the rare and threatened species that the river and wider landscape supports;
  • Water Level Management - harnessing natural flood processes to create a more naturally functioning river; and
  • Reconnecting People - improving understanding of the river landscape by telling the story of its evolution and encouraging people to protect their heritage, promoting volunteering opportunities.

Find out what it's all about.

Ryevitalise Volunteering Opportunities

We have a whole range of opportunities available for reliable volunteers with a passion for nature and being outdoors. To find out more about any of these, please contact the Volunteering Team. Please note we are currently recruiting to our Oral History Volunteer role only.

Tree SurveyorAncient/Veteran Tree Surveyors 
We are looking for volunteers to identify and assess the health of ancient and veteran trees in the Ryevitalise area, in order to identify potential threats and ensure appropriate management is undertaken, before these trees and their associated value are lost. Tasks will include travelling to specific sites to carry out field-based assessments, documenting and reporting your findings and analysing data.

Bat Surveyor - Long-eared bat by John AltringhamBat Surveyors
Are you keen to find out more about our resident bat species? Our volunteer surveyors will identify and record bat species and their interactions with the landscape. You will be assessing and analysing acoustic data from remote bat detectors and gaining first-hand experience in bat identification and woodland management.

Education VolunteerEducation Volunteer
Volunteers will help to deliver activities for young people and families as part of the Ryevitalise 'Upstream Downstream' education programme. You will be assisting with a range of different educational activities, including practical sessions such as river investigations and bug hunts. Please note that a DBS check will be required for this post.

Events volunteerEvents Volunteer
Are you positive and enthusiastic? Would you like to help with our Ryevitalise events? We are looking for volunteers to help will all aspects of our events and activities provision. This could include: traffic management, meet and greet, setting up, practical activities such as bug hunts and public engagement. You can pick just one of these aspects or work towards being involved in all of them - we will support and develop you where necessary. Please note that a DBS check may be required for this post.

Guided WalksGuided Walk Volunteer 
If you love walking and sharing your passion for our countryside, you might just be our perfect assistant walk leader! You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this post and be comfortable in assisting walk leaders with back marking walks. You'll need to be a confident communicator to help the public to get the most from our walks and ensure their safety at all times.

Archives ResearcherLiDAR Landscapes Volunteer
As a Lidar volunteer, you will help us to better understand and tell the landscape story of the River Rye and its tributaries; from Fangdale Beck to Nunnington by interpreting Lidar data to identify potential sites of archaeological significance, whilst gaining valuable skills and experience. This presents a unique and exciting opportunity to discover previously unrecorded archaeological sites.

Group Consultation EventOral History Recorder - Currently Recruiting

We’re looking for volunteers to help us build relationships with local community groups and individuals to support an exciting new people engagement project ‘From Memory to Action: The Paradise Initiative’, part of the Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership.

You’ll be helping us collect and document stories and memories from the local community about their interactions with wildlife, the local landscape and its rivers. Members of the public have been sending in their memories in writing, and we want to follow these up and meet the people behind the stories.

You could be involved in activities such as contacting and meeting local community groups, finding filming locations, setting up audio-visual equipment (with training) or even editing video content depending on your skill set. There’s always plenty to get stuck into, to help us highlight what amazing wildlife can be found in the scheme area, and have a great time meeting new people while volunteering.

Commitment will be 2 – 3 times per month until 31 March 2021.  Volunteers can suggest their preferred local community groups or villages.

River RangersRiver Rangers

The Ryevitalise team is looking for skilled and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our River Rangers programme, which aims to reconnect young people with their river! The main aims of the project are to provide opportunities for young people aged 11-17 to take part in activities such as angling, Riverfly monitoring and practical conservation tasks. Volunteers will be required to assist with river survey days, practical tasks and angling days. You’ll ideally have a passion and knowledge of river ecology or angling, but all training will be given! Please note that a DBS check will be required for this post.