Junior Rangers are young people aged 11 to 18 with an interest in the outdoor environment. They work alongside the National Park Rangers and the Engagement Team to help look after the Peak District National Park.
The Junior Ranger programme operates across Europe and our groups are affiliated to the Europarc Federation.
What do Junior Rangers do?
- Help Rangers look after the National Park
- Spend time in the outdoors doing practical tasks
- Have fun learning new skills with people your own age
- Help members of the public enjoy being in the National Park
Young people can join at any age but it is recommended that Junior Rangers continue with the programme for at least 2 years.
The programme is split into 6 areas and there are opportunities to gain qualifications in navigation skills, first aid and also the John Muir Award. Within the programme areas there are competencies listed at 3 different levels giving the young rangers the opportunity to work their way up through the programme, completing the 3 different levels as they get older and more experienced (if they wish).
The programme allows them to gain the experience required & qualifications where available, to become a volunteer ranger at the age of 17-18.
The activities take place once a month, at the weekend for 3 - 4 hours. Exact days and times depend on which group you are a member of.
Here is a video made by the Millers Dale group of Junior Rangers:
Where do they work?
There are four Junior Ranger groups run by the Peak District National Park and three run by our partners:
- Dovestones (near Oldham) (run by Saddleworth Environment Education)
- Eastern Moors (Barbrook Moor and Froggatt) (run by Eastern Moors Partnership)
- Edale (run in partnership with Moors For the Future)
- Hardwick Hall (run by the National Trust)
- Longdendale (near Glossop)
- Marsh Farm (Tittesworth Reservoir)
- Millers Dale (near Bakewell and Buxton)
We also plan to set up groups in Langsett and Buxton in 2019.
How will this help me for the future?
You can gain qualifications. You will be helping to look after the countryside and will be able to put this work experience on your CV, raising your profile for future applications and interviews. It will also help you become more independent and confident working with different people of all ages.
Contact us for more information, stating which group(s) you are interested in.
We are also interested in hearing from those of you who would like to volunteer and help out with the Junior Ranger groups.