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Recruiting Now...

We are now recruiting for additional volunteers in our three area teams - Southern Area, Northern Area and Western Area. Please see our Dales Volunteer recruitment page for more details.

In our Learning and Engagement Team we have vacancies for:

Please note this is for our West Team - Applications for this role will be open until 20th February.  

We will be shortlisting and appointing in March 2018 and Training/induction will take place from April 2018 onwards with a view to new volunteers starting to carry out duties from Spring 2018.

Before completing an application form please read the role profile for the vacancy you are interested in. It will outline the nature of the role the training requirements and the minimum number of days commitment we are looking for.

To apply please complete the application form.

In our Wildlife Team we are recruiting for:

Volunteers to help the wildlife team with some surveying.

“Volunteers are right at the heart of our conservation work,” said Ian Court, Wildlife Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.  “We want to give people the skills, confidence and opportunities to help the natural world.  The more people that get involved the better.  There are opportunities right across the National Park, so we will look to match people with the sites nearest to where they live.”

Ian added:  “Here is a chance to get up close to wildlife and do something positive by helping to monitor some of the really important bird, butterfly and plant populations in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.   We cannot continue to conserve and enhance wildlife unless we know how the populations of these species are faring.   Monitoring data will help us carry out and support targeted conservation management for the benefit of these species.”

Brief Role Description

The role is to help carry out vital surveys of birds, butterflies and plants in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in spring and early summer.

Volunteers are needed for the following areas of work:

  • Wading Birds:   people who can identify the common upland breeding waders like Curlew and Lapwing are needed to help with assessments, which will be used to support agri-environment scheme applications.  
  • Butterflies:   people are needed to assist with counts of the Northern Brown Argus and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
  • Plants:   people are needed to assist with surveys of priority plant species.
  • Habitat surveys: people are needed to undertake general plant surveys that will be used to support the delivery of agri-environment schemes and the Plantlife National Plant Monitoring Scheme.

For more information on the rich wildlife in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, visit our Nature In The Dales website:

Skills required

Anyone with an interest in the environment – perhaps students, local families, existing Dales Volunteers or natural history groups – are invited to come forward.  Full training will be given but in some surveys we are looking for people with existing knowledge.  

Time Commitment

People are being asked to commit two or three days of their time each survey season over the coming years.  Full training will be given.  

If you are interested

Potential volunteers can contact the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Wildlife Conservation team by email:

Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscapes Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscapes Partnership project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Click here to find out about up and coming volunteering opportunities.

Under 18? How about volunteering as part of our Young Rangers group?

We have three groups across the park for anyone aged 11 to 16 who loves the outdoors and is keen to find out more about our amazing National Park. 17 and 18 year olds can also be involved as helpers. For more information about this see here  Young Rangers.

Do you have experience in running family/children’s events?

The Dales Countryside Museum is interested in hearing from people skilled in leading activities that would appeal to their younger visitors.  Volunteer practitioners are sought to support their programme of activities and events throughout the year. They are particularly keen to hear from those with knowledge of craft, nature, the outdoors and archaeology though other ideas and skills are welcome.  Experience of working with young people is essential as well as good communication skills and a big dollop of enthusiasm!

For more information please contact Sally Robertshaw or call 01756 751644.

Please note:

As part of the Authority’s carbon reduction measures, we now only recruit people who live within 40 miles of a northern volunteer base or 35 miles of a southern one. Before applying please check that you live:

*           within 40 miles of either Hawes (DL8 3NT), Aysgarth Falls (DL8 3TH) or Orton (CA10 3RQ); or

*           within 35 miles of either Grassington (BD23 5LB) or Stainforth (BD24 9PN).

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