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Volunteering on Brownsea Island

A volunteer wearing red work gloves smiles with an armful of dried bracken
A volunteer clears bracken on Brownsea Island | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Applications for volunteering opportunities on Brownsea Island are now closed for this year, as the Island shuts on 29 October. There will be new volunteering opportunities advertised here in January 2024.

If you are interested in getting involved in 2024 please follow this link Volunteering interest form

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Volunteers working in the woodland at Wentworth Castle, Yorkshire, clearing fallen leaves

Applications are currently closed.

Find a volunteering opportunity by searching for 'Brownsea'. If you would like to volunteer in another capacity, not yet listed. fill out the expression of interest form to tell us a bit more about you and how you would like to get involved. Here you can either indicate your role preference/s from the vacancies we have listed or tell us a bit more about yourself. Once we receive your information, we'll get in touch to discuss next steps.

A woman with long black hair is tending to some plants in a walled garden on a sunny day. She is wearing a raincoat and has a smile on her face.

Meet the volunteers 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer with us? From perfecting the art of lavender topiary to giving talks at historic houses, a selection of volunteers share their stories about helping out at some of the places we care for.

Two volunteers in National Trust jackets sit at a picnic table on Studland Beach, sharing drinks and cake

Supporter groups in Dorset 

Whether you want to get hands on helping with conservation work in the great outdoors, or enjoy special talks and visits to properties and gardens, find a group for you.


Brownsea Island Countryside Stewardship project 

We're embarking on one of the largest conservation projects in Brownsea Island’s history, to create better conditions for nature to thrive and provide a sustainable future for the conservation of species dependent on Brownsea's varied habitat.

Red squirrel kits in a nest box, Brownsea Island, Dorset

Brownsea Island's bird and mammal box project 

Discover how a team from the National Trust support the woodland residents on Brownsea Island, Dorset.