Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck
Volunteers planting trees in Caldbeck

Current opportunities

 Information Centre Volunteerl

Coming soon!

Bird Watch Volunteerl

Do you know your sparrows from your chaffinches?
Can you spare a few hours each month during school holidays to be a knowledgeable and friendly face in the Brockhole Birdhide?

We are looking for a couple of people to join our committed team of Bird hide Volunteers at Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre. The ideal candidate will be interested in natural history and have excellent communication and team working skills. You will be with another volunteer. Your main role will be to chat to visitors in the bird hide about the range of wildlife and other aspects of Lake District natural history.

If you could spare a few days each month during the school holidays then we would love to hear from you.

All our brochole volunteers will get 20% discount at the café and shop as well as free parking as a volunteer at Brockhole.

If you think this is a role you would enjoy, please contact Lorraine Brierley 

Lorraine.Brierley@lakedistrict.gov.uk 01539 792605

Archaeological Record Keepers

Would you like to be part of the team compiling the Historic Environment Record for the Lake District as part of the Lake District Archaeology Volunteer Network?
Can you spare a day or two each month to input archaeological data to an important database?

We are looking for a small team of dedicated volunteers who could be available long term to help us record the information that has been gathered from our on-going monitoring project. The role will involve inputting data and creating records from our collection of archaeological reports and walkover surveys into a specially designed database. Sometimes you will use aerial photographs, historic maps or other documents to supplement the information.

The role is open to anyone who will particularly suit someone who is organised, methodical and ideally has an interest in archaeology.You will initially work alongside a member of staff from the Strategy and Partnership team, who will train and support you throughout your volunteering.

The role can be based either at our head office in Kendal or our Northern office in Threlkeld and will be largely office based. However if you are interested there will certainly be an opportunity to spend a day or two out in the National Park observing how the data is gathered first hand. We are looking for up to 4 people, who could offer a day or two each month and we are very flexible how this is organised.

In addition to a thorough training and induction programme we also cover out of pocket expenses and offer regular support and communications from the LDNPA Volunteers Service.

If you would like to find out more about the role please contact Eleanor Kingston on 01539 792712 or email archvol@lakedistrict.gov.uk to express an interest before Monday 29 February


Family Rangers Leader

Our new Family Ranger programme at the Lake District Visitor Centre, Brockhole is seeking a committed volunteer. Be part of this exciting new initiative to help families discover, explore and conserve the area.

Are you someone with great organisational skills who would enjoy working with families and is happy to get stuck in with a variety of tasks? If so we’d love to hear from you.

You will have a passion for the Lake District and the skills to inspire and enthuse others. The programme will run once a month, starting in September.

Activities will be led by specialist staff, volunteers and partners. Your role will be to help plan and organise sessions throughout the year.

You will be the main point of contact for all Family Ranger activities, from lakeshore litter picks to practical conservation tasks, liaising with the leaders and coordinating attendance.

Additionally, you may be asked to assist with resource preparation or occasionally to lead activities such as pond dipping or simple guided trails.

Taking part in the session and offering encouragement and support to families is also a key part of the role.

The role is open to anyone, no experience is necessary. You’ll have good communication skills and a professional, friendly manner. Due to the nature of the activities a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required.

In addition to 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. Acceptance is subject to satisfactory references.

If you would like to find out more about the role please contact Belinda Turnbull on 01539 724555 or email belinda.turnbull@lakedistrict.gov.uk


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


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

Alternatively you can write to the Authority at our offices in Kendal, to enquire about any of these roles:
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal
LA9 7RL

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

Park Management Volunteers

We are currently not recruiting for Park Management  volunteers. However if you are interested in finding out about future recruitment please contact Dylan Jackman, Ranger Projects at 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):