Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck
Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck

Current opportunities

Lakes Alive                       

Festival volunteering - Summer 2016         

The Lakes Alive Festival are looking for people to help support a range of cultural experiences and spectacular happenings at Brockhole on Windermere in July and in Kendal on the August Bank Holiday. Roles include working directly with international artists to create art works, being part of the core production team and dealing with the public through sharing information on event days.

The time commitment will vary from a minimum three days to two weeks and we can be flexible to accommodate your availability. If you're interested in getting involved, please let us know.

Sign up for festival updates and find out more at www.lakesalive.co.uk.

Information Centre Volunteer

The Information Centres at Keswick, Glenridding and Bowness are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help visitors get the most of their stay in the Lake District National Park.

We are looking for people who would enjoy advising visitors, as well as helping them to access information on touch pad tablets. Training and support will be provided, so that you will be able to carry out the role confidently. We will also reimburse your travel expenses from within Cumbria. 

This would suit someone who can commit at least every week, however we are flexible.

To find out more, please contact Lorraine Brierley on 01539 792605 email lorraine.brierley@lakedistrict.gov.uk


Volunteer at Brockhole on Windermere

Brockhole is a not-for-profit attraction run by the Lake District National Park. 

Find out more about Brockhole here.

Our volunteers receive 20% discount at the cafĂ© and shop, as well as free parking at Brockhole. 

Here's what's on offer at Brockhole:

Brockhole Ambassadors

We are looking for Visitor Service Support volunteers to help out on weekends and school holidays to ensure that visitors to Brockhole have a world class experience

You will help support the Brockhole team by carrying out tasks such as welcoming and advising visitors, driving the Brockmobile and helping with crazy golf hire. You will also have the chance to get involved with events throughout the season.

We are looking for people who are excellent communicators, enjoy meeting people and are prepared to be an ambassador for the National Park. Good knowledge and understanding of the National Park would also be an advantage. No experience is necessary and  training and support is provided.

To find out more, please contact Tim Duckmanton on 01539 792674 email tim.duckmanton@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Garden and Grounds Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to assist in maintenance of the gardens and grounds at Brockhole on Windermere who can commit a few hours a fortnight.

You will help maintain the gardens and grounds by doing jobs such as planting, painting and wall repairs. The role is very flexible and is open to anyone. No experience is necessary as a full induction and training will be provided. Those with maintenance and/or gardening experience would be a welcome addition to the team.

It's a great way to learn more about the National Park meeting people, and spending time out and about in this beautiful location.

To find out more, please contact Tim Duckmanton on 01539 792674 email tim.duckmanton@lakedistrict.gov.uk


Family Rangers Leader

Do you enjoy working with families? Are you happy getting stuck in?

The Family Ranger Programme is seeking a committed volunteer to help families discover, explore and conserve the region. The Programme will run once a month, starting in September 2016.

In addition to being the main contact, your role will include helping to plan and organise activity sessions. These will be led by staff, volunteers and partners in the National Park, but you will also have the opportunity to lead activities.

No experience is necessary and training and support will be provided. Due to the nature of the activities a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required.

In addition to training and supporting you, we will cover any out of pocket expenses. Acceptance is subject to satisfactory references.

To find out more, please contact Belinda Turnbull on 01539 724555 email belinda.turnbull@lakedistrict.gov.uk


Park Management Volunteers

Park Management volunteers commit to work with the Ranger Teams throughout the Park, with a minimum of 12 days per year. Becoming a registered volunteer provides you with:

  • Access to LDNPA resources
  • Relevant additional training and support
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses

We recruit volunteers as and when we need people, or have vacancies for particular roles.

Park Management volunteers work alongside Rangers to carry out practical countryside management, maintenance and improvement works within the National Park. They work in all weathers and gain practical skills such as dry stone walling, hanging gates and constructing bridges.

If you are interested in becoming a regular Park Management Volunteer it is important that you come along to our regular workparties. This is so that you can meet staff and volunteers, get a flavour of volunteering and clarify whether we are the right organisation for you. It is also an opportunity for Rangers to meet you. Don’t worry if this sounds formal, but it is important that your expectations of volunteering with us are similar to what we seek from our volunteers.

Check this page for dates and locations for suitable work parties and taster days. We meet up on Wednesdays in the Northern Lakes and Thursdays in the South.

If you plan to come along to one of the work parties advertised, please contact Dylan Jackman, Projects Ranger, at dylan.jackman@lakedistrict.gov.uk


Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Leaders

We are currently not recruiting for Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Leaders.

If you are interested in hearing about future recruitment, please contact Belinda Turnbull, Volunteer Led Activity Coordinator, at belinda.turnbull@lakedistrict.gov.uk


Archaeology Volunteers

We are not currently recruiting for Archaeology Volunteers. 

In the meantime, please feel free to look through our programme of archaeology events - as some, including the Archaeology Conference, are open to the public.


Other volunteering organisations in the Lake District National Park

Other organisations who have volunteers in the National Park include (all links open in new window):