Current opportunities

Boat Crew Volunteer - Windermere, Coniston Water, Ullswater

Our small team of Lake Rangers are looking for volunteers to help them and carry out regular boat patrols on Windermere, Coniston Water and Ullswater between Easter and October. This is a rewarding role and will give you the opportunity to work alongside other volunteers, National Park staff and the general public.

A typical boat patrol could see you cruising out of Ferry Nab into scenic and open views of Windermere. You could be checking expired boat permits on your journey around Belle Isle, as well as being a friendly presence to the range of water users you meet. Upholding water safety is essential and you will use the on-boat radar to monitor speed limits of other crafts. On these occasions, you will be willing to approach the public to offer help or advice in an open and tactful manner. There will also be opportunities to monitor and check wildlife on your patrols - what a great vantage of the shoreline and islands from the boat.

By giving us your enthusiasm and knowledge we can support you with a full programme of training and accredited qualifications to make this into a truly all-inclusive volunteer experience. We will also cover out of pocket expenses which includes travel and car parking. We are looking for people who are flexible, reliable and physically fit who can commit a minimum of 2 years with us. 

Coniston Water and Ullswater: A minimum of 10 duties per year.
Windermere: A minimum of 20 duties per year, mostly in the evenings.

To find out more, please contact Ronnie Muggridge, Lead Lake Ranger, on 015394 46870 email ronnie.muggridge@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 Lakeshore – Winter Maintenance Assistant

Do you enjoy being outside, tinkering with boats and bikes?

We looking for volunteers to support our lakeshore supervisor at Brockhole – assisting in the maintenance and repair of the boats at Brockhole

We are looking for people who may have existing skills in carpentry and/or boat repairs, any fibreglass repair experience would also be very useful.

We also have a large fleet of bikes which need servicing so anyone with cycle repair skills would be very useful.

As a “Winter Maintenance Assistant” your role will  be to assist with a range of practical duties including  sanding down rowing boats, varnishing, wood repairs, fibreglass and gel-coat repairs,  Bike maintenance, mini golf course repairs and other general maintenance.

We are looking for a couple of people who can commit to one or two days per week between February and Easter 2017. The role is open to anyone over 18,  and enthusiasm is more important than experience.

It’s a great way to learn more about the National Park, meet other people, get some experience for working in the countryside and support the National Park in an enjoyable role.

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.

If you would like to find out more about the role, please contact Dan Nield, Brockhole Lakeshore Supervisor on 07768046506 for an informal chat or email  Dan.Nield@lakedistrict.gov.uk before 1 February 2017

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 Simon Hobson, Visitor Services Manager,  on 015394 46601 email simon.hobson@lakedistrict.gov.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

Park Management Volunteers

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. Volunteers commit a minimum of 12 days per year.

If you live in the West of the Park and would like to find out more about volunteering with us then please contact volsadmin@lakedistrcit.gov.uk for more info.

We are not currently recruiting for other areas, however if you are interested in hearing about future recruitment, please keep checking the website. 

And in the meantime , please feel free to look through the Forestry Commission's Grizedale Forest work parties, which are open to all .

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):