Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers: Now Recruiting

Tuesday 14th May 2019

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit are looking for 15 adventurous young people who love the outdoors and who want to be part of a special group of Young Rangers.

They will get a taste for what it’s like to look after the Mendip Hills, one of Britain’s most special places, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Young Rangers will gain qualifications such as Outdoor First Aid, navigation and the John Muir Conservation Award, along with learning about the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, taking part in conservation work and having fun doing outdoor adventure activities.

Jim Hardcastle, AONB Manager said​, “The Young Ranger scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people interested in the outdoors and conservation. They’ll gain skills and have lots of amazing new experiences on the Mendip Hills. We’re looking for young people who love being outdoors and can see themselves working in the countryside, they may already be living on a farm. We’re not looking for the most academic, we want to see applications from young people who already have a genuine interest in wildlife, conservation or outdoor adventure and can demonstrate this.”

The Young Rangers are aged 11-13 and sign up for two years to take part in 20 activities on the first Saturday of every month, apart from August and December. The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership subsidises the scheme so that places are offered at only £120 per Young Ranger for the two-year programme. This covers all activities, equipment and the Young Ranger uniform.

Here’s what the current Young Rangers think of the scheme, ‘Once in a life time opportunity……I made a lot of new friends and learn a lot about the AONB…. It is lots of fun and you learn lots of new skills’

To apply please click here to download the application form. There are only 15 spaces available so be creative with your applications, send us images or even videos to show us how much you love the Mendip Hills! The deadline for applications is Friday 14th June. All successful applicants will be contacted by 21st June and invited to an open evening on Thursday 27th June to find out more and ask questions. The programme then starts in September.

For further information you can visit our Volunteers page, email us at or call 01761 462338.