Volunteering on Brownsea


Are you interested in volunteering? We have a large number of volunteer teams here on Brownsea Island. There are lots of ways that you could get involved.


Our volunteers support the running of Brownsea in a variety of places from Visitor Centre to the Engine gift shop, Outdoor Centre to countryside, they even lead guided walks and conduct buggy tours. Volunteers are also involved behind the scenes, helping in administration and facilities roles, answering enquiries and managing projects.

If you'd like to find out more about our current volunteering vacancies please visit our volunteering page and search for Brownsea. Here you can apply for one of our current vacancies or fill out an interest form to tell us a bit more about you and how you would like to get involved. We look forward to hearing from you.

Youth Rangers wanted!

  • Are you aged between 13 and 18?
  • Do you love the outdoors?
  • Would you like to gain some valuable work experience, develop in confidence by learning lots of new skills and meet new friends at the same time?

We’re offering you the opportunity to become a Brownsea Island Youth Ranger with the aim of encouraging young people to enjoy the outdoors and widen participation in the active running of Brownsea. Youth rangers will be based at our award-winning Outdoor Centre on the island and get stuck in with a whole range of activities including practical conservation (including the use of basic tools), wildlife ID and surveys as well as working together to create new activities for the island.

Meeting once every three weeks (with further opportunities in the holidays), youth rangers will benefit from an in-house training programme, led by our experienced outdoor team as we aim to build a team who can feed back into our visitor experience and help us to continue to enhance the spirit of a place that we all love and we’re sure our youth rangers of the future will grow to love too.

With the help of young people previously in our youth service team, we’ve achieved some fantastic things and kickstarted a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.  If you’re interested or know someone who may be please contact Emma Godden email: emmagodden@nationaltrust.org.uk to book.

Bear Grylls (centre) and some scouts
Bear Grylls and Scouts
Bear Grylls (centre) and some scouts

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) and Queen’s Scout and Guide Award Residential Options

We have some great residential options available for 2018, to register your interest and to find out more about our Red Squirrel Conservation, Family Camp and Warden Experience options email:

emma.godden@nationaltrust.org.uk to book. 

Please note for the DofE Gold Award you will need to stay for 4 nights and 5 days to complete between 2nd April - 6th April 2018. Participants must be aged 18 years+.