There are many ways you can help to care for Dartmoor and gain new skills.
As part of our Donate for Dartmoor scheme, you can donate your time by volunteering for a variety of conservation projects, including practical work days and regular events.
We welcome volunteers to join us at our regular events and you may be interested in some of the roles set out below. Regrettably, we are currently unable to accommodate requests for corporate volunteering or requests from groups. Work is underway to enable us to support these requests in the future.
If you have a question about volunteering on Dartmoor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also receive information about volunteering events and other Dartmoor news by signing up to our e-newsletter.
You can also volunteer on Dartmoor with one of the many groups that offer volunteering opportunities:
Become a voluntary warden
The voluntary warden scheme is managed by the Ranger Service. Volunteers help the rangers with their duties and liaise with the community. They advise and help visitors to the Park, help promote enjoyment and understanding of Dartmoor’s special qualities and carry out practical projects.
Please note that we are not recruiting new voluntary wardens right now as we are reviewing how we engage volunteers to support our Ranger Service. Keep an eye on our website or sign up to our e-newsletter to find out more.
Lead education walks
We’re always looking for new people to lead walks and introductory tours for primary school groups. You need a broad understanding of Dartmoor’s habitats, wildlife and cultural heritage, an enjoyment of Dartmoor’s special qualities and the enthusiasm to share these with others.
Help us reach new audiences in a variety of locations on the moor and at local agricultural shows, join our staff on our bespoke outreach vehicle. Would suit someone with an outgoing personality and a passion for Dartmoor.
Virtual Woodland Walks (Plantlife external project)
We're looking for creative volunteers to help us create a resource of ‘virtual’ woodland walks and soundscapes that can be viewed and listened to by people who can’t so easily get out into woodlands. If you own a smartphone or a camera, all you need to do is record your walk in the woods via video, sound recordings or photos and send them in to Rachel Jones (Project Manager, Building Resilience in South West Woodlands Project) at email@example.com.
Dart Valley In Focus events
Want to share your passion for Dartmoor with others? We are looking for a small team of volunteers to assist with the delivery of weekly family events aiming to raise awareness and understanding of the landscape, history and wildlife interest of the stunning Dart Valley. Activities will include stream dipping, bug hunting, short walks, crafts etc. Events will run throughout the school holidays and occasionally term time.
Peatland Restoration Project - vegetation surveys
Assist with the restoration of Dartmoor's iconic peatlands and contribute to scientific research by taking part in vegetation surveys, as part of the Peatland Restoration Project. The project aims to carry out restoration works on 330 ha of blanket bog over the next 3 years. This work will enhance Dartmoor’s peatlands for wildlife by making them wetter. We need to record how the vegetation such as sphagnum mosses, cotton grass, heathers and other species respond to this ‘re-wetting’.
Advise us on accessibility
The Dartmoor Local Access Forum is the statutory independent body which advises the Authority on improving access to the countryside within the National Park, in ways which address environmental, social and economic interests.
Are you a park stakeholder or partner?
Dartmoor National Park Forum is a mechanism for partners, stakeholders and other interested parties to consider issues of policy relating to Dartmoor National Park and for their views to inform the formal decision-making process. Forum members are local authorities, national organisations and local special interest groups which reflects the range and variety of organisations and interest groups with an interest in the park and surrounding area.
Read the Forum’s constitution
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