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Volunteer led walk, SnilesworthVolunteer led walk, Snilesworth

Come and volunteer for our Ryevitalise team!

Take a look at our current project volunteering opportunities. We are currently recruiting to our Oral History Recorder role only.

We are presently in a phased return to volunteering, adhering to Government guidance for the Covid-19 pandemic. Current opportunities will feature below as they become available.

To discuss any of our current opportunities below, please email:

Dark Skies Monitor

Baxton’s Road, Helmsley Star Trail by Steve Bell

As part of the North York Moors National Park International Dark Sky Reserve project, we’ve been monitoring light levels in our skies for the past 2 and a half years. We’d like to expand our survey into an annual piece of work and would love volunteers to join us. You would be surveying at night, between September and April, at sites agreed with our team. Ideally you'll be taking measurements close to home but you may also need your own transport and to enjoy being out in the dark. Site terrain will often be uneven so you will have to take some safety precautions, but your role training will take care of what you need to do. You don’t need to be a stargazer, you just need lots of enthusiasm and attention to detail. You’ll need to be flexible too – the weather can be changeable!

This survey is vital.  As a nation we have neglected the quality of our night time skies for too long.  Light pollution is not just bad news for stargazing, but it also impacts on nocturnal habitats and degrades the sense of tranquillity that is such an important part of living and visiting the NYM.