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 which are as follows:

Outdoor Learning and Activities residential.

Participants can gain experience and knowledge of the flora and fauna on the island and get stuck in with assisting with outdoor adventure and learning activities. Perfect for those with an interest in outdoor learning or a general interest in learning about the natural world and/or delivering environmental education.  Available on the following dates:
23-27 July
30 July-4 August
13-17 August
23-27 August 

Under Canvas - The Warden Experience residential.

Participants will assist with the day-to-day running of our busy award-winning Outdoor Centre and campsite, you’ll gain a wide range of experience in assisting with conservation tasks, activity support and helping us with the smooth running of our busy island campsite.  Available on the following dates:
13-17 August
6-10 September
13-17 September 

Ranger Residential.

Participants will assist the Outdoor Centre and Countryside teams with a wide range of tasks on the island from clearance of invasive species and using hand tools (full training given) to fence repairs and wildlife surveys. Available on the following dates:
13-17 August
23-27 August

If you are interested in one of our opportunites, please contact emma.godden@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information or to discuss your requirements.