Volunteers have been actively involved in Northumberland National Park since 1960. The current Volunteer Service comprises an inner core of Voluntary Rangers supported by other Volunteers.
Voluntary Rangers are required to carry out a minimum number of duties each year and attend any training deemed by the Park Authority to be necessary for their role. Voluntary Rangers carry out a wide range of duties, including:
- Providing general support and advice for visitors to the National Park;
- Developing and carrying out conservation projects and improvements to physical access (including access for those less abled);
- Participating in educational and promotional activities to increase awareness and understanding of the Park.
Volunteers can get involved in any of the above depending upon their interests and experience.
There is no minimum requirement in terms of duties for Volunteers and they can contribute over a fixed period or for a specific project or activity. Once involved, Volunteers can consider making the extra commitment necessary to be a Voluntary Ranger depending upon the needs of the Park.
The Volunteer Service is continually seeking to broaden its engagement by seeking to include under-represented groups in volunteering activities. If you feel you have something to offer the Volunteer Service you will need:
- No particular qualifications, just a love of the countryside;
- To know about the background, aims and objectives of National Parks in general, and basic knowledge of Northumberland National Park in particular.
If you are interested in finding out more, contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01434 611533, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.