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Our visitor centre team are essential for communicating our conservation and research work to the general public who visit us at our Padstow headquarters. As a volunteer you'll join a small but dedicated team who are passionate about the work we do and help inspire our visitors to love lobsters (and other sea life!) by engaging visiting members of the public.

A background knowledge of marine biology and conservation issues is advantageous but not essential as we can provide full training.

Requirements for volunteering in the visitor centre:

  • Volunteers must be aged 18 or over.
  • A commitment of 6 months is preferable, however we can be flexible and may consider candidates who can only help for a shorter period of time.
  • An interest in marine conservation is needed but full detailed training is provided!

To apply please email a CV and covering letter to volunteer@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk



Our hatchery operations are conducted by a dedicated team of marine technicians who deal with the day to day running of our hatcheries, facilitating our lobster restocking conservation programme and supporting cutting edge research.

We are able to offer a small number of opportunities to volunteers to assist the team with tasks relating to animal husbandry and aquaculture systems maintenance and enhancement in the hatchery.

Hatchery volunteers - day to day tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Feeding lobster larvae, juveniles, broodstock, and aquarium exhibits
  • Assisting with the husbandry of brood stock
  • Cleaning tanks
  • Maintaining and enhancing recirculating aquaculture systems and aquarium displays
  • Water quality/chemistry monitoring

These positions are often our most popular volunteering role and we are limited in the amount of placements we can provide. If you are interested in any opportunities relating to this role, please express your interest by emailing a CV and cover letter to Chris Weston; chris.weston@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk

Please note: In order for volunteers to gain the best possible experience from this role we ask you commit to at least 6 months for a one day a week volunteer placement. You may be asked to attend an interview as part of our selection process. A qualification in a relevant science which includes marine biology, issues of sustainability or fisheries management is preferred but not essential. These roles are not paid and you must be over 18 to work with the hatchery team. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any financial support or cover travel costs.


Our team of researchers are involved in some of the most pioneering European Lobster research anywhere in the world. We are able to accommodate a small number of student research projects focussing on the subject of European Lobster aquaculture, biology or fisheries which would benefit from the use of our facilities and the experience and knowledge of our scientists. These projects would usually be conducted as a joint venture between ourselves and the university of the student and are best suited to third year BSc students or Masters/PhD projects.

Please note: These roles are not paid and you must be over 18 to work with the research team. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any financial support or cover travel costs.

For more information on the research projects we can accommodate and to discuss potential opportunities please email carly.daniels@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk


One of our previous Volunteers


Charlotte Preston started volunteered with us to gain relevant work experience, having graduated from an Environmental Tourism & Sustainability degree. Months later, we were able to offer her paid work through the Access to Work Scheme to support a member of our research team in the hatchery.

She was undertaking mirco-biological analysis of lobster larvae & water samples and morphometric analysis of larvae & juveniles for our Framework 7 Research project. She also gained practical experience of husbandry techniques and the life support systems within the hatchery.

With her new found practical experience and a glowing reference, Charlotte gained full time employment in 2011 with the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth as an Aquarist and Diver.

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