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

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 volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk. Please note a DBS check is required for these positions.

The Young Archaeologists' Club

Children taking part in an eventCan 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 yac@northyorkmoors.org.uk or phone 01439 772700.

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

Follow the link to find out more about the Explorer Club and add your name to the waiting list.


Autism Plus Volunteer

Autism PlusAutism Plus is a charity working with autistic and disabled young adults in North Yorkshire at Park House Barns, Gilling East and has recently become an Associate Group of the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Autism Plus are hoping to form a core group of volunteers to work alongside their creative and enthusiastic young people on a number of exciting projects to be held in the picturesque setting of The Park House Barns. Volunteer tasks will include: horticultural and gardening activities, nature trail, sensory area and bird hide and pond creation, chocolate making, baking, pickling 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 learning more please contact info@ampleforthplus.co.uk


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 to see our current availability! volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk


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