Volunteer Opportunities at the National Lobster Hatchery

Want to do your bit to help sustainability of lobster stocks in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly?  The National Lobster Hatchery currently has some exciting volunteer opportunities available.

We require:

  • Assistant hatchery technicians (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)


Duties include:

Feeding post larvae, juveniles, broodstock, and aquarium exhibits.

Cleaning tanks.

Water quality/chemistry checks.

Assisting with the husbandry of brood stock

This position comes with the chance to help on releases from the beach/ fishing vessels.

A qualification in a relevant science which includes issues of sustainability and fisheries management preferred but not essential.

  • Visitor centre assistants (week days/ weekends during the busy summer season)

Duties include:

Greeting the general public.

Answering questions/queries from the public about the work undertaken at the hatchery.

Retail and aspects of sale.

Data entry for gift aid

Other tasks required.

This position requires basic computer knowledge and references to be provided.

  • Fundraisers for events (mainly weekends)

Duties include:

Conversing with the general public about the important work that is undertaken at the hatchery.

Making the public aware they can become “Friends of the hatchery” to show their support.

Applicants for this position must be friendly, approachable and confident.

  • Maintenance person

Duties include:

General maintenance and painting

Clearing and sweeping.

Painting the outside and inside of the hatchery.

Helping hatchery staff with modifications to the hatchery system.

The National Lobster Hatchery is proud to announce that it has received funding from Cornwall Development Company to enable an equal opportunities volunteering scheme to be run during 2012-2013. This scheme gives unemployed persons living in Cornwall a chance to get a foot back on the employment ladder by acquiring new and interesting skills with us at the Hatchery.

If you would like to apply for any of the volunteering opportunities above please send a copy of your CV, a covering letter and your available dates to our Volunteer Co-ordinator at: volunteering@nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk

Looking forward to hearing from you!