The Brecon Beacon National Park has a long history of working with volunteers, who are a highly valued and appreciate part of the Park. Volunteers make a major contribution to the maintenance of the Park; meet and greet visitors and generally assist in others enjoyment of our amazing area. They also help out with monitoring and record keeping in relation to heritage; organisation of photographs and data for ecology; take part in surveys and a range of other activities.
Time commitment: People volunteer on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, as suits them. Most activity is mid-week, but there are also some weekend work parties (see Upland scheme). Due to the staff and training time required volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of ten days per year. Volunteers normally need to be 18 or over.
Most of the volunteering opportunities with the National Park are of a practical nature, so a degree of physical fitness is required for this work. Enthusiasm, flexibility and motivation are an essential asset, along with a willingness to learn new skills. Volunteers work closely with National Park staff and other volunteers, so team work is a feature of the role. Many activities seem to involve getting wet and muddy, so volunteers need to provide their own suitable clothing and footwear, as well as food and drink for the day. The various work groups include:
Volunteer Development Officer
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
Plas y Ffynnon