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 corporate volunteering or groups.

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

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Balsam Bashing

Throughout the summer join Dartmoor in tackling the fast growing Himalayan Balsam. From June until September 2024 Balsam control will be carried out in the three main areas we have been dealing with over the last five years . The Wray Brook at Lustleigh, The West Dart Headwater around Princetown, and the River Avon at South Brent. For more information on how you can get involved and location dates please send an email by the weekend for the following weeks dates.

Find out more about Balsam Control

UK National Parks want YOU to Look Wild

Dartmoor has joined with the UK’s 15 National Parks to launch #LookWild, a new citizen science project to map and record the different species of plants and animals they see both inside and outside of National Parks. This growing database will help the National Parks in their collective effort to restore nature and ensure thriving ecosystems.

Find out more about Look Wild

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

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

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.

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.

You can also volunteer on Dartmoor with one of the many groups that offer volunteering opportunities: Dartmoor Volunteer Network Groups

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Not found what you are looking for with us? Head over to Exmoor National Park website for more volunteering opportunities Get Involved on Exmoor National Park.