Volunteering

Volunteering

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.

Upcoming volunteer 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 corporate volunteering or groups.

If you have a question about volunteering on Dartmoor, email volunteering@dartmoor.gov.uk.

You can 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:

Dartmoor Volunteer Network Groups


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 currently recruiting voluntary wardens 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.

Find out more about leading education walks


Moor Community Volunteers

We need your help in telling the Dartmoor Story, welcoming visitors and helping in our efforts to protect this special place.

This summer we will be delivering a roving visiting centre around key sites on Dartmoor. We are looking for volunteers who can help us share all that is special about Dartmoor with new and returning visitors to Dartmoor. From being a friendly welcome to people at key sites to leading mini-interactive activities from our pop-up mini visitor centre – this is a great opportunity to gain experience in education and engagement with Dartmoor National Park Authority. We will give you skills and build your confidence in working alongside the general public, plus you will get to see some beautiful spots on Dartmoor and spend the whole day outside enjoying its amazing landscape.

Ideally you will be able to help us for at least one day a week throughout the summer holidays.

This might be on weekends or weekdays. 10AM – 4PM.  Volunteering opportunities will begin from the 23rd July.

For any questions about the role please don’t hesitate to contact us on ngibb@dartmoor.gov.uk or 07873 615378. To apply please write a few lines on why you would like to volunteer with us and what availability you have this summer to slayfield@dartmoor.gov.uk

Outreach volunteer

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.

Find out more about volunteering at outreach events 


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.

Find out more about becoming part of the Local Access Forum


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 rachel.jones@plantlife.org.uk.

Find out more about Building Resilience in South West Woodlands


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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