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Volunteering with the Parks and Countryside Service


The parks and countryside service is very grateful for the support of the hundreds of volunteers who work with us every year. With their help we can achieve so much more in our mission to protect, promote and enhance the green spaces of Leeds.

We always welcome new volunteers so if you are interested in working with us, read on. 

Volunteer Opportunities

There are three main types of volunteer opportunities in parks and countryside:

  • Longer term volunteer roles for individuals (including work placements for over 18s)
  • Volunteer groups that are affiliated to particular sites or service areas (e.g. ‘Friends of’ Roundhay Park, Leeds Wildlife Volunteers).
  • Outside organisations that want to volunteer on a one off (or infrequent) basis (e.g. corporate groups on team building days)

The kinds of work that volunteers do for the parks and countryside service varies greatly. Some examples include:

  • Practical work to improve green spaces for people and wildlife including gardening, nature conservation and maintaining site infrastructure such as paths and fences
  • Fundraising for site improvements
  • Organising community events
  • Being the ‘eyes and ears’ of a site
  • Administration work
  • Marketing
  • Surveying wildlife
  • Running community cafes in parks

How to get involved

For more information, contact the ranger service:

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