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Pond dipping in the National Park A Yorkshire Dales National Park Volunteer working with families.

Current volunteering opportunities

Up Skill, Down Dale – Youth Volunteering

Are you aged 18 to 29 and want to learn new skills to help you become a green leader?

Do you want to join a supported programme with other like-minded people to explore a suite of exclusive training opportunities with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority?

Our Up Skill, Down Dale programme will provide you with the skills to support a route to employment in the Green Economy through experiences, training and career development opportunities.

Up Skill, Down Dale is one of the programmes we have on offer which aims to create opportunities for young people to engage and volunteer within the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. 

The group will meet one Saturday a month, in different areas of the Yorkshire Dales and carry out practical conservation tasks. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet different professionals in the conservation and outdoor community and expand their knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. Previous years’ volunteers have had sessions on peatbog restoration, bee and wildlife surveys, conservation farming, tree planting and stone walling.

In addition to the monthly meet ups there are also opportunities for volunteers to have an individual placement with the various Teams in the YDNPA, such as Farming Conservation, Learning and Engagement, Trees and Woodlands, Wildlife and Conservation or the Rangers.

As well as these opportunities you will be supported by our specialist mentor who will be with you on your journey with us – as well as expert tutorship from other specialist YDNPA staff depending on what opportunities you choose.

Have a look here to see what last year’s Up Skill, Down Dale crew got up to….

The details
Eligibility to participate:

This is an inclusive programme, open to all young people, aged 18 – 29 years. Whether you live in a city, town or village, we aim to ignite a spark in you that will lead to new friendships with like-minded people and see future career aspirations in the environment and outdoor learning sector. We reimburse all travel costs to sessions.

Programme duration:

The bulk of this programme will be offered from June 2022 to March 2023.  Some specific opportunities may extend beyond this timeframe. 

How to apply:

We are recruiting now! Our first wave of recruitment is open until 10th May 2022

To apply please send an email to and explain the following;

  • Your name, age and where you live
  • Tell us a bit more about yourself
  • Why would you like to be part of Up Skill, Down Dale?
  • What do you hope to benefit from being part of the programme?

We are holding an information evening about our Up Skill, Down Dale programme on Thursday 5th May at 6pm on Zoom. You’ll have an opportunity to meet participants from USDD 2021-2022 and ask them questions.

Zoom link;

Meeting ID: 834 5059 5692

Passcode: 868881

Questions? Get in touch!

If you are interested in this opportunity or require additional information, please contact or

Young person smiling at a peat bog
Amy planting cotton grass with Yorkshire Peat Partnership

Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscapes Partnership

The Westmorland Dales Hidden Landscapes Partnership project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Find out about up and coming volunteering opportunities here.

Under 18? How about volunteering as part of our Young Rangers group?

We have three groups across the park for anyone aged 11 to 16 who loves the outdoors and is keen to find out more about our amazing National Park. 17 and 18-year-olds can also be involved as helpers. For more information about this see here Young Rangers.

Do you have experience in running family/children’s events?

The Dales Countryside Museum is interested in hearing from people skilled in leading activities that would appeal to their younger visitors.  Volunteer practitioners are sought to support their programme of activities and events throughout the year. They are particularly keen to hear from those with knowledge of craft, nature, the outdoors and archaeology although other ideas and skills are welcome.  Experience of working with young people is essential as well as good communication skills and a big dollop of enthusiasm!

Not what you are looking for?  

Join our volunteer waiting list or see other places to volunteer

Apply for one of our roles

Before applying please consider to volunteer with us you must:

  • Be over 18, If you are under 18 please consider Young Rangers
  • Live within 35 miles of Grassington (BD23 5LB) or Stainforth (BD24 9PN) or within 40 miles of Aysgarth (DL8 3TH) or Hawes (DL8 3NT)
  • Commit to attending induction days and a variety of training activities as outlined in the role profile

If you want to apply you will need to do so via our MyVolunteerPage here. Please note if you don’t have one already you’ll need to create a account first.