Volunteer opportunities on Marsden Moor
Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the small team on the Marsden Moor Estate. Learn about the volunteering roles available, from habitat conservation to leading guided walks across the moors, and find out how you can apply to join.
Ways to volunteer on Marsden Moor
Volunteers play a vital role in helping us to protect and conserve the special landscape on Marsden Moor. We're always looking for new faces to come and join us, and there's a variety of ways you can get involved.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, the ranger volunteers work with staff to help us look after all aspects of Marsden Moor. The work includes:
- Moorland conservation such as removing invasive species and planting moss
- Helping with fence and stile repairs
- Footpath maintenance
On a sunny day, there's nowhere better to enjoy a lunch break after a busy morning of physical work.
Ranger team leader volunteers
Our ranger team leaders help us manage some of our work on the moors, by leading other groups of volunteers. It's a great way to gain useful leadership experience in coservation and outdoor work. We are currently recruiting for ranger team leader volunteers. Please click this link to apply.
Survey group volunteers
Survey group volunteers meet regularly to survey and monitor the moorland. The research they do helps us to identify some of the most important ecological issues affecting Marsden Moor.
The survey group carries out tasks such as:
- Monitoring plants and animals such as birds, butterflies and bats
- Measuring peat depths to monitor this important resource
- Collecting data for land management
- Monitoring gates, fences and stiles to identify where work is needed
Watch a video of the survey volunteers working to measure peat depths.
‘After retiring I joined the ranger volunteers group. What a privilege it is to be saving the moorland landscape with like-minded colleagues from all walks of life.’
– Alan Schofield, volunteer on Marsden Moor
Walk leader volunteers
Walk leaders run guided walks on Marsden Moor throughout the year, from short, family-friendly strolls to more challenging hikes. As a walk leader you have the chance to share your knowledge of the landscape with others.
In the summer months, we need volunteers to help us in our information room and out on the moors, to share the knowledge of this wonderful place. You'll be greeting members of the public, helping them find walks on the moor, and teaching them about the countryside code.
Community fire watch volunteers
The community living near Marsden Moor is passionate about the uplands. Together, we're working hard to protect them from future fires with the community fire watch.
Spotting fires, barbecues or fireworks on the moors early is the best way to prevent a fire spreading. On sunny evenings and weekends, rangers and volunteers will target key areas where there is a known fire risk.
We're keen to support as many people as possible who want to be part of the community fire watch. Even if you can't do a regular day, you can still pledge a bank holiday or a weekend once a year.
You can also arrange volunteering sessions on Marsden Moor with your work colleagues. Get your team away from the office and help us to look after this special place.
Why join us?
There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.
- Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
- Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
- Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
- Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
- Enjoy the great outdoors
- Learn about the history of this special place.
Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.
Each year, volunteers join us in helping bring to life the places in our care. There are plenty of roles that are rewarding. Find out more about the wide variety of roles on offer and how you can start volunteering.
Our supporter groups are a great way of getting involved with your local place. Find out more about how you can join in.
These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.
Learn how National Trust rangers and volunteers are working to care for Marsden Moor by restoring peat, removing invasive species and minimising the risk of floods and fires.
Discover the work we’ve been doing to restore Marsden Moor following a series of devastating fires and learn fire-prevention tips to help us keep the moorland safe.
Find out about National Trust supporter groups based in Yorkshire. You can support the places you love by volunteering or enjoying a programme of trips and talks.