People who have a keen interest in the countryside and a knowledge of the North York Moors are needed to join the National Park Authority’s volunteer ranger service.
Around 20 additional volunteers are needed to carry out a range of duties to help people enjoy the area.
Voluntary rangers are considered instrumental in helping the authority to look after the network of footpaths and bridleways.
By walking the routes, they can report back on any access issues such as fallen trees or overgrown vegetation and check that signs, gates and bridges are in good working order.
They act as the eyes and ears of the National Park providing help and advice to others out and about in the North York Moors and also get involved in guided walks and access improvements.
The Authority currently has 166 voluntary rangers but is looking to increase the teams that cover the south and north of the national park – areas such as Rosedale, the Esk Valley and the coastal parishes between Loftus and Scarborough.
Paul and Denise Grantham have been patrolling the North York Moors for over 40 years.
“Even after all this time, Denise and I still get excited about coming out to the National Park,” said Paul, of Hull. “We love walking – we actually met through a walking club – and enjoy meeting people as well. Being voluntary rangers enables us to give a little back to the moors while sharing our passion for the place with others.”
Duties are carried out on weekends and bank holidays with some optional mid-week work at the National Park’s mobile display units. Candidates need to be over 18 and physically fit. Successful applicants will receive training including first aid, and are expected to carry out 12 patrols between March and October.
Bernie McLinden, Head of Park Management at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “From gaining experience and aiding your first step into the world of work to a desire to give something back to a place you love – whatever your reason, you’ll find volunteering with the National Park a rewarding and enjoyable experience.” Application forms are available at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk or by calling 01439 772700.