Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck
Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck

Current opportunities

Lake District Osprey Project visitor experience volunteer

We’re looking for help engaging visitors at the Lake District Osprey Project view point, at Dodd Wood overlooking Bassenthwaite this summer. We want our visitors to enjoy and understand Ospreys and be informed about the work the Project does to protect the Bassenthwaite birds – one of Lakelands natural wonders. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to develop their people engagement skills, share their interest about the National Park or just help care for our special wildlife.

The role involves supporting the RSPB People Engagement Officer and will suit someone who is positive, outgoing, reliable and comfortable approaching and talking to visitors, offering them advice and information. If you are available at least one day a week, preferably at the weekend, over the summer and have a passion for the National Park and good communication skills, we would like to hear from you.

For more information on the role and how you could get involved, contact Tim Duckmanton, Volunteer Team Leader on 01539 792674 or by email tim.duckmanton@lakedistrict.gov.uk by Wednesday 13 May.

Young Ranger Leaders

Young people are the future of our National Parks. The Lake District Young Rangers programme is helping to transform the lives of future generations, helping them care for this spectacular landscape.

We’re seeking passionate and committed volunteer leaders to join Young Rangers to help motivate and develop people aged 14 to 19 years of age to learn life skills and be inspired about the natural environment.

Working alongside National Park staff, volunteers and partners you will help develop a monthly programme of activities such as practical conservation tasks and recreational activities.

You will have experience of working or volunteering with young people in a supervisory role and have a passion for and a broad understanding of the Lake District National Park. 

 What can you get out volunteering to lead young people:

  • Help shape young people’s futures
  • Increase your experience of working with young people

What will young people get from your leadership and support:

  • Build valuable life skills
  • Gain experience to help further their careers
  • Learn about and connect with the natural environment
  • Contribute to society by giving something back

How will the National Park benefit from your volunteering:

  • Help young people understand, respect and care for National Parks
  • Create future ambassadors for the National Parks

This programme is being delivered in partnership with United Utilities.

For more information on this role and Young Rangers please contact Belinda Turnbull, Volunteer Led Activity Coordinator on 01539 724555 or email belinda.turnbull@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

A recruitment day is planned for Saturday 25 April. If you wish to attend please contact Belinda for more details (other dates may be available if you are unable to attend on this date).

Lake District Digital Ambassadors

We're looking for people to be part of the campaign for the Lake District to gain World Heritage Site status by working with local communities to share content on a website celebrating the Lake District. 

You will have a passion for
  • inspiring and involving people to digitally capture what is special about the Lakes
  • encouraging people to tell their stories through social media
  • acting as a community catalyst bringing together digital content
  • citizen journalism, writing and editing content.
About the website

We are seeking a team of volunteers to cover five areas of the National Park: north, south, east, west and central / south east. The role involves encouraging people to share their lives, feelings and thoughts in a variety of formats, capturing what is special and unique about the area. These may include images, videos, vox pops and blog posts. We'll want you to lead by example and help promote and share through Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

More about the role

The role will last at least 12 months and involve a few hours each week. We will match your experience, abilities and preferences to the tasks you do. Training and support is available and we pay reasonable out of pocket expenses.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the Lake District. For more information on the role or to get involved, please contact Louise Barker or 01539 792613 or email louise.barker@lakedistrict.gov.uk.

Garden and Grounds Maintenance Volunteers

The Lake District National Park Authority is looking for volunteers to assist in the gardens and grounds at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre.

As a "Garden and Ground Maintenance Volunteer" you will play a key part in maintaining the gardens and grounds by completing tasks 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, but those with maintenance and/or gardening experience would be a welcome addition to the team at Brockhole.

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

We are looking for people who can commit to a minimum of a few hours each fortnight. We will cover any out of pocket expenses and offer other benefits, such as discount in the Brockhole shop and café as well as free parking.

To find out more about the role please contact Tim Duckmanton 01539 792674 or email tim.duckmanton@lakedistrict.gov.uk Or email Sue Preston-Jones, Brockhole Gardener at sue.preston-jones@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Alternatively you can write to the Authority at our offices in Kendal:
Volunteer Recruitment
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal
LA9 7RL

Find out more about Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre.  

Brockhole Ambassadors

We are looking for Visitor Service Support volunteers to act as "Brockhole Ambassadors"  to help out on weekends and during school holidays to ensure that visitors to Brockhole, Visitor Centre have a world class visitor experience.

The "Brockhole Ambassadors" will help support the Brockhole team by carrying out with a variety of tasks. Such as welcoming visitors and giving them the information they need to make the most of their visit along with other tasks such as driving the Brockmobile and helping with crazy golf hire. They will also have the chance to get involved with many of the special events taking place 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 Authority. A good local knowledge and broad understanding of the National Park would be an advantage although not essential.

This role is a great way to learn more about the National Park, meet other people, and to support the National Park in an enjoyable manner. There will also be other benefits, such as discount in the Brockhole shop and café as well as free parking at Brockhole.

This opportunity is open to anyone and no experience is necessary. In addition to training and supporting you, so you can do your tasks effectively with confidence and in a safe way, we will cover travel expenses within the county.

If you would like to find out more about the role please contact Tim Duckmanton on 01539 792674 or email tim.duckmanton@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Alternatively you can write to the Authority at our offices in Kendal:
Volunteer Recruitment
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal
LA9 7RL

Park Management Volunteers

We are always pleased to hear from potential new volunteers to support our work. We only recruit volunteers when we have tasks for them to do, and into roles that match volunteers' skills, knowledge, experience and motivation. We don't recruit for these volunteering roles all the time, but if you are interested please contact Dylan Jackman, Park Management Volunteer Coordinator dylan.jackman@lakedistrict.gov.uk 

Volunteer Events and Guided Walk Leaders

We are currently not recruiting for volunteer events and guided walk leaders. However if you would be interested in future recruitment please contact Belinda Turnbull, Volunteer Led Activity Coordinator  belinda.turnbull@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Archaeology Volunteers

We are not currently recruiting. However if you are interested in taking part in archaeological surveys and conservation then please check back in the future.

In the meantime, please feel free to look through our programme of archaeology events - as some of them (including the archaeology conference) are open to all members of 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):