Volunteering in the National Parks

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Many people get great enjoyment from our national parks. If you want to 'put something back' or 'make a difference' why not get involved by volunteering alongside like-minded people of all ages and backgrounds?

Volunteers bring lots of enthusiasm, skills and interests. At the same time, they learn and discover new skills, too. There are practical tasks like wall-building or hedge-laying. Some do wildlife surveys and conservation tasks, others are responsible for rights of way work and footpath maintenance. Volunteering can also mean leading walks for the public and helping visitors enjoy themselves. And its not all outdoors! Our information centres and head offices often have opportunities for volunteers to share their skills and expertise too.

Volunteers planting trees in the Cairngorms National Park.

People planting young saplings

Volunteers helping with archive research at the Dales Countryside Museum, Yorkshire Dales National Park.

People in a library with old archive books.

Woodland management volunteering in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Two women walking through a summer woodland

Volunteer helping with scrub clearance, South Downs National Park

Man holding a large collection of fir tree branches

Volunteers working on the coast path, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

People with spades on a footpath along a high coastal cliff

Volunteering in the Victorian Kitchen, Dales Countryside Museum, Yorkshire Dales National Park.

A woman in Victorian costume in a kitchen

If you have some time, no matter how small, and the commitment to help us, follow the links below to find out more.

Volunteer inspecting a Barn Owl nest box, South Downs National Park.

Making charcoal in the New Forest.

Volunteers building a bridge, Brecon Beacons National Park.

Volunteer inspecting a water vole raft, South Downs National Park.

Man in a river with a small wooden raft

Team day with Pondhead Conservation Trust

How to get involved

Contact a National Park to find out what kind of volunteering opportunities they have available:

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