​Ways to volunteer

There are a whole host of opportunities for volunteering at Nidderdale AONB, to fit with your interests and the amount of time you have to offer.

Practical conservation work

Our conservation volunteers are a hands-on group who meet every Tuesday to carry out practical conservation work across Nidderdale AONB. Tasks include woodland management, scrub clearance, footpath repair, pond restoration, and fencing.

James Searle our Volunteer Coordinator leads the tasks and welcomes anyone who wants to "have a go" and doesn't mind getting their hands dirty! No experience is necessary as we provide the tools and training.

Dry stone walling

The Nidderdale AONB walling group is a team of passionate volunteers who meet every Wednesday to build, repair and restore dry stone walls across the AONB. Whether an experienced dry stone waller or a complete novice we would be delighted if you could join us.

Surveys and research

The help of volunteers in survey and research work is essential. It contributes to the conservation and protection of habitats and species across the AONB. Whether you are a trained botanist or simply have an interest in the Yorkshire countryside we would be delighted to hear from you. Training and support is provided so previous experience is not always necessary. Drop us a line to find out which projects we currently need help with.

Student Placements

We believe that providing practical experience for the next generation of conservationists is vital.

We can offer a safe but challenging experience providing students a taste of what it’s really like to work in a conservation organisation.

  • Secondary school students: most placements involve a mixture of outdoor and office based work.
  • Undergraduate placements: both year-long 'sandwich' and shorter term placements can be offered.

We are unable to remunerate students but can offer a friendly working environment and a beautiful location!

Get in touch! You can fill in our enquiry form, phone us for a chat on 01423 712950 or email nidderdaleaonb@harrogate.gov.uk