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Young Rangers tree planting around Semerwater Credit: Stephen Garnett photography

Volunteering with us

Every year, hundreds of people of all ages and from all walks of life, generously give their time to work together to make the Yorkshire Dales National Park the brilliant place it is. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in looking after the National Park. It is also a great way of helping others to understand and enjoy why it is so special! 

Volunteers contribute an immense amount of time and providing these opportunities is is one of the objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.

Volunteering activities

Our volunteers get involved with a wide range of activities across the Park, its not just footpaths and stiles; we have volunteers at the Dales Countryside Museum, within our Learning and Engagement Team, helping with events, monitoring trees and woodlands, in our wildlife team and much more.

Ways to volunteer

There are a number of ways to volunteer with us:

Dales Volunteers: These are our regular, trained volunteers who are usually with us on a medium to long term basis who provide the majority of the our voluntary support all year round.  We currently have over 250 Dales Volunteers doing a wide a variety of roles, typically they have a minimum day requirement and training is required.

Project or one off volunteers:  The Authority leads on and is partner in a wide variety of projects which often appeal to people who have an interest in the specific subject or can volunteer for a limited period of time.

Work Placements: We offer a limited number of work placements to students in higher education or people looking to gain work experience. Opportunities will vary depending on the needs of the Authority and the experience of the individual, requests are considered on a case by case basis.


Take a look at our Current Opportunities page to see what roles we are currently recruiting for.