Current volunteering opportunities

Opportunities to join the National Park Authority as a new volunteer are listed on this page.

We also advertise volunteering vacancies with our partner organisations (please scroll down).

If you'd like further information on volunteer roles in the North York Moors National Park, please contact: stating the role title.

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Vacancies with the National Park Authority

Maintenance Volunteer

Join our fantastic caretaking teams at Sutton Bank National Park Centre or Danby Lodge National Park Centre to help maintain and improve our grounds.

You'll have practical maintenance skills with an eye for detail and be able to work well with a variety of people, as well as on your own initiative.

No two days are the same and you may be hedge cutting, preparing and setting up for events, litter picking, painting or using hand tools to name a few of the activities. The role is flexible to suit you and the team, please do let us know when you'd be available. You'll receive all the training and support needed to undertake the role safely and to a high standard. If you're keen to lend a hand, please get in touch with Dawn Haida on

Make a Difference Volunteers

You don't have to be 'MAD' to be a volunteer, but it helps!

Our 'Make a Difference' volunteers (affectionately 'MADs' for short) meet one Sunday per month to undertake a range of practical habitat maintenance tasks under the guidance of our expert leaders. Come along, learn a range of new skills and make new friends - the perfect antidote to the working week!

Volunteer Task Day Leaders

Are you confident in leading and motivating yourself and others?

Are you interested in developing your skills leading practical outdoor tasks, with a strong focus on health and safety and inclusivity? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Come and be part of our volunteer Task Day Leader (TDL) team.

Our TDLs have a really important role. We’ll need you to:

  • Work together with staff to identify, set up and lead work tasks.
  • Join site visits with staff to get the most out of each volunteer task
  • Organise tools and PPE for the task, transporting them to site on the task day
  • Engage, support, assist and motivate volunteers throughout the task day
  • Give a clear health and safety briefing and tool talk at the beginning of the task, and effectively implement health and safety procedures and practices throughout
  • Give and receive supportive and effective feedback, that helps everyone to develop
  • Ensure sites, tools and vehicles are left in a safe and clean condition at the end of task
  • Follow up with the staff member responsible for the task to report on progress, share any important details and suggest any improvements or next steps

    You'll receive lots of support and guidance, including our new training and development scheme, right the way through. For a chat about the role, contact Dawn Haida on

Opportunities with our partners

If you are interested in opportunities with our partners, please check individual listings for contact details and next steps.

Yorkshire seals

Grey seals need to haul out of the water for long periods to rest, digest their food, socialise and mate. Sadly, the seals are easily disturbed leading to wasted energy and injury usually as they try to flee from human interaction.

The Yorkshire Seal Group (YSG) is an evidence based, grassroots team using citizen science protocols to collect data on coastal visitor demographics, seal populations, movements, breeding success and mitigating both existing and emerging threats.

We work with a range of stakeholders and marine user groups to advocate responsible seal watching and best practice, promoting wider environmental stewardship through positive public engagement, school education workshops and beach cleaning activities.

The primary location for our work is the shoreline at Ravenscar, North Yorkshire. Think you would be a good fit? Please get in touch at for further information and to arrange an orientation day.

Yorkshire Seal Group

Thornton-le-Dale Village Hub

Are you local to Thornton-le-Dale? If so, come and join the Village Hub volunteers!

Thornton-le-Dale Village Hub are looking for new volunteers to join the village pond maintenance team. We meet about once a month to control the undergrowth and maintain the wonderful sculptures, picnic benches and information signs about wildlife.

This is a very sociable event and a great place to meet new friends if you are new to the village. Check out their Facebook page:

Thornton-le-Dale Village Hub Facebook page For further information get in touch with

Repair Cafe - Helmsley

Helmsley Green Team have their first Repair Café on Saturday 7 October from 10am - 12 noon, at the Methodist Church Hall in Helmsley, and are looking for people skilled in joinery/carpentry repairs and IT repairs. If you have these skills and would like to help, please contact Eileen Shearer (Secretary)

Parkrun Event Director

We're looking for a committed volunteer to take the lead in organising a brand new Parkrun event in the North York Moors National Park.

The Event Director (ED) is responsible for the long-term health of their parkrun and provides leadership and direction to the event’s core team, working in supportive partnership with the local event activator.

It is an essential role and calls for sustained long-term commitment but it holds the potential for great rewards. As an ED you can become the figurehead for a unique and cherished institution within your local community.

No-one should be an Event Director / Co-Event Director of more than one event at any one time.

An ED needs to be in place well before a parkrun is inaugurated and the ED will usually make a significant contribution to the activation of his / her parkrun in collaboration with the event’s activator. The activation process is well documented elsewhere and the balance of activation effort between the ED and event activator will be agreed locally on a case-by-case basis. Therefore this Role Profile will only describe the ED’s post-inauguration role which can be thought of as the business-as-usual or in-life phase of a parkrun.

The detail for the role can be found on the parkrun wiki

Event Director Role Profile As an overview the ED role has three main tasks:

- Stakeholder management

- Team management

- Administration

To register your interest in volunteering for Parkrun, contact Lucas St John on

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