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Volunteering

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Short term volunteering opportunities

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 with our Rangers.

There are a number of one-off volunteering opportunities which are advertised under the 'What's On' section of the website. These events tend to be focussed on a particular task for one day which the public are welcome to get involved in. You can also receive information about volunteering events and other Dartmoor National Park news by signing up to our E-newsletter.

Long term volunteering opportunities

Haytor Conservation Days - the second Sunday of every month (10:30am-3:30pm)
Come and help look after the Haytor area of Dartmoor by getting involved in tasks such as erosion repairs, species conservation, litter picking, scrub clearance and working on the rich archaeology.
Join us for the whole day or whatever time you can spare.  Park at Haytor Visitor Centre and ask the Centre staff where we are working.
For more information and to let us know you are coming, please contact our Ranger Simon Lee on 07711 104541. 

Volunteer Guides  to lead Education Walks
Qualified Guides to lead walks and introductory tours for visiting school groups.
A broad understanding of Dartmoor’s habitats, wildlife and cultural heritage is all that is required along with an enjoyment of Dartmoor’s special qualities…and the willingness and enthusiasm to share these with others.

Dartmoor To You – Outreach Van
Use of the vehicle will enhance opportunities for a wide range of National Park Authority staff to further engage with the public. It will enable us to:

  • reach new audiences particularly in Exeter, Torbay, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Plymouth, thus helping to help build links between urban and rural populations
  • help on the ground delivery of awareness programmes including promoting ublic transport, walking for health initiatives, sustainable recreation and tourism, local produce, climate change and sustainable development
  • provide opportunities for key partners, including Devon County Council, Dartmoor Commoners Council and local business interests, to jointly promote shared activities
  • assist with site management and information availability at heavily-used recreation sites on Dartmoor including Roborough Down and Cadover Bridge (located on south west Dartmoor at key sites close to Plymouth and where no permanent information facility exists) and at Steps Bridge and Newbridge (gateway points to the National Park from the east particularly from Exeter and Newton Abbot respectively)
  • provide more responsive provision to particular issues and events, e.g. seasonal recreational use, attendance at farm open days and local shows, and
  • support local consultation processes

Habitat Management
Habitat management, such as tree-felling, scrub-bashing and bracken-lopping on a number of sites on Dartmoor. The activities will be carried out on species-rich dry grasslands or rush pastures that have a lot of rare plants and butterflies, such as orchids, or fritillary butterflies. The sites are beginning to scrub over and manual work is needed to help maintain the habitat in a good condition for these rare plants and butterflies. The work will take place on land owned by the Authority, or land that is in a management agreement with the Authority.

Voluntary Wardens

Our present Voluntary Warden scheme was set up in 1996 and is managed by the Ranger Service. Currently there are 40, generally locally based, Wardens who are assigned to a Sector Ranger.
They assist the Rangers with their duties and provide an extra element of liaison with the community in the area to which they are assigned. They advise and assist visitors to the National Park, help promote quiet enjoyment and understanding of Dartmoor’s special qualities and carry out occasional practical projects. Their work is often specific to the requirements of their particular Sector.
If you would like any further information about the service then please contact the Head Ranger, Robert Steemson (rsteemson@dartmoor.gov.uk). Practical work is also undertaken by a host of other volunteer groups including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Service Scheme (contact Ranger Service Administrator); The Princes Trust (external link, opens new window); TCV (external link, opens new window), the South West Lakes Trust (external link, opens new window), visiting schools and colleges (contact Education Service), Army Cadet and Scout groups and occasionally by private companies organising team building exercises!

The Ranger Service also organises practical work days for anyone to join in (see the What's On Section of our website).

To find out more about other organisation's opportunities for volunteering, follow the links below:

Not found what you're looking for?  Perhaps you can Get Involved on Exmoor National Park.

If you are really keen you could probably fill every day of the week by volunteering for all of these groups!

Page last updated: 10 May 2017
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