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Current volunteering opportunities

Oral History and Dialect Fieldworker volunteer role

What the role will entail: Volunteer Oral History and Dialect Fieldworkers will carry out interviews and collect new in-depth oral history and dialect recordings through conducting individual interviews and/or facilitating group interviews.

Some Oral History and Dialect Fieldworkers may wish to undertake additional training to become volunteer Transcription Assistants and transcribe recordings they have themselves collected.

Supervision: Volunteer Oral History and Dialect Fieldworkers based at partner museums will be supervised by the Engagement Officer.

Who will this role suit? Volunteers are not expected to have specialist skills or experience at the outset to fulfil these roles (though some may have) as full training and information will be provided. The Oral History and Dialect Fieldworker volunteering role would suit volunteers who:

  • Are confident, friendly and have good verbal communication skills in English;
  •  Enjoy meeting and talking to new people of all backgrounds;
  •  Are reliable and can commit to collecting at least 4 interviews over the course of the project;
  •  Are willing to develop new skills and commit to training for the role;
  • (desirable) Have a full driving licence and access to own transport preferred but not essential if alternative arrangements can be made.

Skills, training and support: via specialist training programme (co-developed with the Oral History Society) and online support and e-learning materials available from the online volunteer management platform (e.g. “Better Impact”)

Role-specific training may include: project context, the research strand and an introduction to dialect; how to conduct successful oral history interviews; ethics and best practice guidance; health and safety; copyright and permissions; good interviewing technique; and using recording technology and equipment.

During their time volunteering on the project, support will be given by the Project Assistant on arranging interviews with interviewees and arranging travel, accommodation (if required) and administering expenses. The Engagement Officers (via their Oral History Society mentor) and the Research Assistant will provide guidance on role specific queries, and with checking and providing feedback on volunteers’ interviews. For more information please contact: P.Oldham@leeds.ac.uk

Meet and Greet Volunteers

We are looking to add to our team of ‘meet and greet’ volunteers at our visitor hubs – Aysgarth Falls, Grassington and Malham. Working in and around the car parks, the role is about welcoming visitors, helping them enjoy their day, answering general queries and communicating respect messages.

The National Park is now seeing a significant increase in visitors who have not been to the area before, and who are often quite inexperienced out in the countryside and we want to provide support to our visitors – new and old. We are looking for volunteers who really enjoy interaction with the public, who are keen to share their knowledge and love of the Dales with others, and want to enhance the experience of visitors to some of our most popular sites. Working either in pairs or on your own, sometimes complimenting the service provided by the visitor centre staff, sometimes providing a service when the centres are closed, the role includes:

To provide a welcoming presence – meet and greet arrivals

To help people to enjoy their visit – answering queries, guiding visitors to local walks and attractions, help them with car parking machines and so on

To encourage everyone to follow the respect guidelines

To promote the National Park – act as an ambassador for the Authority, make people aware of local facilities, including the offer of the visitor centre when open

To be an advocate for the area – share your knowledge and love of the Dales

To undertake litter picks in the car park

We will provide a briefing on the role before your first duty as well as written guidance, and ask you to provide a little feedback after each duty.

This is a role you can do as little or as much as you wish (available shifts permitting) so would suit someone who is looking for a flexible volunteering opportunity.

For more information please contact volunteer@yorkshiredales.org.uk or to apply please see the bottom section of this page.

Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscapes Partnership

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

Find out about up and coming volunteering opportunities here.

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 although 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!

Not what you are looking for?  

Join our volunteer waiting list or see other places to volunteer

Apply for one of our roles

Before applying please consider to volunteer with us you must:

  • Be over 18, If you are under 18 please consider Young Rangers
  • Live within 35 miles of Grassington (BD23 5LB) or Stainforth (BD24 9PN) or within 40 miles of Aysgarth (DL8 3TH) or Hawes (DL8 3NT)
  • Commit to attending induction days and a variety of training activities as outlined in the role profile

If you want to apply you will need to do so via our MyVolunteerPage here. Please note if you don’t have one already you’ll need to create a MyImpactPage.com account first.