Volunteering at Brockholes

Volunteers truly are the face of Brockholes, they support us in a range of exciting roles helping us to provide a fantastic experience for our visitors. Without our army of dedicated volunteers, Brockholes couldn’t run.

We are currently recruiting Volunteers for the following roles:

Conservation Intern (3 days per week, days TBC but you must be available on weekdays)

Brockholes Nature Reserve is offering an opportunity for a voluntary internship in the Reserve Team. This role will suit someone with prior experience of nature reserves and conservation volunteering, or with some existing estate skills and natural history knowledge, combined with a passion for wildlife conservation. The role offers the chance to gain valuable experience of nature conservation work which is key to establishing a career in this field.

Conservation Volunteers (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Our Conservation Teams meet every week. The teams will meet at about 9.45am ready for a 10.00am start and finish around 3.30pm with breaks/lunch often taken out onsite. We are looking for volunteers who can join our weekly  teams on a regular basis.

Each Conservation Team is made up of around 10 other volunteers. You will be given a brief by the Reserve Officer Team before heading off on the reserve for the day to carry out tasks. Tasks will include vegetation management such as scrub control, management of invasive species, hay meadow management, woodland management and coppicing along with practical estate work and site maintenance.

Volunteer Rangers

Volunteer Rangers are our eyes and ears out on the reserve.

The role involves patrolling the nature reserve and carry out daily checks as well as being on hand to assist in emergencies or out of the ordinary situations.

You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer ensuring our visitors make the most of their visit.

Visitor Engagement Volunteers (Monday-Friday)

Our Visitor Engagement Volunteer Team are based in the Welcome Centre on our floating Visitor Village and have an essential role to play in providing a warm welcome to all our visitors.

This role involves helping our visitors to plan their day and get the most out of their visit.

You’ll need to share your enthusiasm for the reserve, our wildlife and our conservation work with our visitors and promote the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and all that Brockholes has to offer.


Events & Activities Volunteers (weekends & school holiday periods)

Brockholes has a packed and varied programme of events and activities running throughout the year for visitors of all ages from tots to grown ups!

We run lots of children’s activities, walks, talks, theatre performances and even Santa comes to Brockholes in December.

Events & Activities Volunteers assist us with event set up, meeting and greeting, delivering the sessions and packing away at the end and helping to ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience!

Parking Stewards (weekends, bank holidays, school holiday periods)

Brockholes Nature Reserve has an opportunity for volunteers to join our team of Parking Stewards. The role involves volunteering as part of a team to manage our car park on busy days including weekends, bank holidays, school holiday periods and event days ensuring that visitors arriving in vehicles receive a warm friendly welcome, are directed to an available parking space and are parked up efficiently. You will also get involved with stewarding contractor, supplier and exhibitor vehicles on event days.

How to apply

If you would like to join our friendly volunteer team, please email sarah.leach@brockholes.org in the first instance to register your interest in volunteering at Brockholes.

We will then arrange a time for you to come to Brockholes for a chat to learn more about the roles we have available and what’s involved!