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Countryside - volunteers

We work with a team of more than 170 volunteers, who help look after the countryside in a variety of ways.

Activities vary at different times of the year and may include the following:

  • Walking footpaths or riding bridleways to report on condition and obstructions;
  • Checking promoted walks;
  • Helping to repair gates and stiles;
  • Hedgelaying;
  • Clearing invasive non-native species, such as rhododendron and himalayan balsam to protect native plants and flowers;
  • Scrub clearance on limestone grassland to protect rare plants, such as orchids;
  • Grass cutting on meadows to help wildflowers grow;
  • Scrub clearance on archaeological sites such as tumuli (ancient burial mounds) to stop them becoming overgrown;
  • Helping the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty project in its work with schools and community groups; and
  • Inputting computer data.

No experience or qualifications are necessary, as training is provided. For some tasks, a reasonable level of fitness would help. Many activities are carried out by volunteers supported by our staff. However, some tasks are carried out by volunteers on their own.

To find out more about joining the countryside volunteers, contact the volunteer coordinator on 01609 532435 or email

Countryside volunteers recruiting for a volunteer task leader

This is an exciting new opportunity to gain experience and skills in countryside management and gives the chance to make a real contribution to the upkeep of our beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. This role would suit someone who enjoys working with people, has an aptitude for practical, 'hands on' work and enjoys working outdoors in all weather. Full support and training will be available and this role would be an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate or someone wishing to build a good CV for a future career in countryside management or environmental work.

We are recruiting three volunteers who will support our Area Rangers by leading groups of volunteers in carrying out maintenance tasks on rights of way in North Yorkshire. The roles will be based as follows: 

  1. Richmond & Hambleton; 
  2. Craven & Harrogate;
  3. Selby, Ryedale & Scarborough.

We are looking for volunteers who can offer at least three days per week and because of the training offered we hope you will stay with us for at least 6 to 12 months. A full driving licence is also essential.

For an informal chat and any queries please phone Sheila Laking on 01609 532435 or email

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This page was last updated on 24 January 2014