Current volunteering opportunities

Opportunities to join the National Park as a new volunteer are listed on this page. Current volunteers can log in to My Volunteering.

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.

Already volunteer with us? Log in to 'My Volunteering' here

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 Rachael Poole 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 Rachael Poole on

National Park Centre Assistant

This is an exciting year at Danby Lodge National Park Centre, and we are seeking a volunteer to help ensure a high-quality experience is delivered to all visitors.

The volunteer will support the centre staff in their work, helping members of the public get the most out of their visit and providing information about the area.

Danby Lodge Visitor Centre includes an exhibition space, retail area and a second hand bookshop, and our volunteer assistant will help make sure these are presented in a professional and welcoming manner.

This position will run from Easter until September.

Please email for more information

Grounds Maintenance Volunteers

This is an exciting year for Danby Lodge National Park Centre and we are seeking volunteers to help ensure the outdoor areas look welcoming and presentable to all our visitors.

Working alongside our caretakers, tasks will include grass cutting, strimming, weeding, cleaning and painting.

These volunteering positions will run from Easter until September, so if you fancy volunteering somewhere you can enjoy a big breath of fresh air in glorious surroundings, please email

National Park Centre Events Assitant

This is an exciting year for Danby Lodge National Park Centre, and we are seeking an event assistant to help deliver a calendar of family-friendly activities between Easter and September 2024.

Working alongside our Centre staff, the volunteer events assistant will work one day a week between 11am and 4pm to help set up and coordinate activities, and help ensure visitors get the most our of their visit.

For more information, please email

Opportunities with our partners

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

Designer for Moorsbus timetable

Moorsbus is seeking a volunteer with design skills and some familiarity with modern computer design systems, who would like to create the front cover of the 2024 timetable and an associated poster.

For a copy of the design brief, please email

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)

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - Seabird monitoring

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) is looking to create a citizen-science based programme that will undertake annual monitoring of locations along the coastline of the North York Moors National Park and feed into a national database to assist our understanding of North Sea seabird populations.

Current monitoring along this section of coast has been sporadic and intermittent. YWT would like to undertake census and productivity monitoring of the following key seabird species (but will also record any additional species):

  • Fulmar
  • Herring gull
  • Guillemot
  • Lesser Black-backed gull
  • Kittiwake
  • Razorbill

The preliminary plan is to host a virtual meeting in early to mid-February with interested participants to brief them of plan with scope to begin monitoring from May 2024 onwards.

All abilities welcome as training will be provided.

Interested parties should contact for further information.

back to top