Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck
Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck

Current opportunities

Fell Futures Volunteers 

Would you be interested in gaining practical skills and qualifications in Countryside and Environmental work?

Are you interested in volunteering for the Lake District National Park Authority or looking for a job working in the countryside?

Would you like to develop a range of practical skills such as dry stone walling, hanging gates and constructing bridges.

Do you enjoy spending time outside in all weathers?

Read on!

The Lake District National Park Authority has secured Heritage Lottery Funding to recruit, train and support volunteers to work with our Fell Futures Apprentices from September 2014.

We are looking for up to 30 volunteers ideally aged over 18 who initially will work with our level 3 apprentices over a year period gaining work experience and being mentored on traditional countryside skills in the Lake District National Park.

Whilst working alongside the Fell Futures apprentices learning new practical skills, there will be opportunities to obtain training in a range of NVQ, NPTC and LANTRA certificated courses, such as RTV use, and other estate maintenance skills.

The role will be very "hands on" is open to anyone and will particularly suit someone who would like to gain experience in practical countryside management, or simply enjoys being outside doing physical tasks. No experience is necessary but a reasonable level of strength and fitness would be desirable for this very practical volunteering role.

As well as training and supporting you, so you can do your tasks effectively with confidence and in a safe way, we will cover any out of pocket expenses.

Becoming a Fell Futures Volunteer is a great way to learn more about the National Park, meet other people and support the vital work of the National Park Authority in a high profile and important role.

Taster Sessions

If you are interested in volunteering we are holding a number of taster sessions in September and October. It is an opportunity for you to come along and meet staff, get a flavour of volunteering and clarify whether we are the right organisation for you.

  • Saturday 6 September, 10am – 2pm
    Caldbeck – Upland tree scheme maintenance

  • Monday 8 September, 10am – 2pm
    Threlkeld – Fencing and landscaping

  • Monday 8 September, 5pm – 8pm
    Threlkeld – Fencing and landscaping

  • Saturday 13 September, 10am – 2pm
    Threlkeld – Fencing and landscaping

  • Monday 15 September, 10am – 2pm
    Caldbeck – Upland tree scheme maintenance

  • Monday 15 September, 5pm – 8pm
    Caldbeck – Upland tree scheme maintenance

  • Tuesday 16 September, 5pm – 8pm
    Windermere – Cutting back rhododendron at Elleray Woods

  • Tuesday 23 September, 10am – 2pm
    Windermere – Drainage works at Elleray Woods

  • Sunday 12 October, 10am – 2pm
    Ambleside – Handrails at Todd Cragg, Loughrigg

If you would like to find out more about the role, attend a taster session, or have any questions please contact Dylan Jackman, Park Management Volunteering Coordinator on 07795 445 711 or email dylan.jackman@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Volunteer Mentors Required

Do you have a background in conservation, landscape management or outdoor education?

Have you worked for a range of organisations or perhaps even set up your own business in any of the above fields?

Could you spare 5 days over the next year to share your knowledge and understanding of the sector with our Fell Futures apprentices?

If so we would love to hear from you.

More details

Fell Futures is a Heritage Lottery Funded project. It is a 3 year scheme to train young people in countryside management skills.

We have 9 apprentices in post and we're looking for people to mentor and support them, by coming along to 5 sessions over the next 12 months. The days will include both indoor and outdoor sessions where everyone will get together to share personal experiences and knowledge through workshops and field visits.

Whilst inspiring and helping our apprentices discover their potential you can broaden their experience as well as your own. This is a great opportunity to help us develop the next generation of land managers to look after the Lake District.

We are looking for people who are easily approachable, have a friendly manner and an interest in sharing their personal experience of working in this field. We have devised a programme of workshops and field visits throughout the National Park and would love to hear from you if you would like to take part. No formal qualifications or previous experience is required, just a willingness to offer some guidance and support to young people starting out on their careers.

Full training will be provided and we also offer out of pocket expenses for travel within Cumbria to your place of volunteering. If you are interested or  would like to get involved please contact:

Tim Duckmanton tim.duckmanton@lakedistrict.gov.uk or

Matt Eaves Matthew.eaves@lakedistrict.gov.uk 07500 987980

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 Courtney Alderson on 01539 792891 or email courtney.alderson@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 Courtney Alderson on 01539 792891 or email courtney.alderson@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

Young Rangers

Are you between 14 - 18 years old and would like to get involved with conservation on a regular basis? Then you might want to become a Young Ranger.

Archaeology Volunteers 

Do have an interest in the the archaeology of the Lake District?  Why not become an Archaeology Volunteer.

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

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):