Time for the Trust

Come join in the fun © Jonathan Finegan

Come join in the fun

As a charity, independent of government, the National Trust relies on the support of volunteers to maintain some of our best-loved landmark sites and buildings, as well as some more humble ‘hidden gems’. Without the support of volunteers we simply would not be able to open our properties or deliver a fabulous day out for people to enjoy.

Interested? As a small taster, here’s ten ways you could get involved:

1  Warden
If you enjoy a stroll along the coast or a wander through the woodlands, and have some time to spare, then why not get more involved as a volunteer warden? Volunteer wardens assist within skilled countryside teams carrying out tasks ranging from essential litter lifts, stone walling, access creation, education and events, to habitat and wildlife surveys. All are essential to maintain our green spaces and protect them for the future, to ensure they can be enjoyed by all.

2  Gardener
If horticulture is more your thing then how about developing your passion for plants within one of our gardens? Volunteer support alongside our dedicated garden teams ensures that properties such as Mount Stewart always look their best, but much more help is needed. From regular essential maintenance to the development of new specialist projects, the opportunities for involvement are as diverse as the sites themselves.

3  Tea-room assistant
This may not appear the most glamorous of roles, but as tea-rooms are one of the busiest places within our properties, volunteer assistance is vital. If you feel you can handle all the bustle of a service, while still taking the time to chinwag with a visitor then this may be the role for you.

4  Visitor welcome volunteer
This is one of our newest roles and one with the potential to make a real difference at our busy sites. Outgoing and friendly volunteers are needed to meet and greet visitors as they arrive at our special places and spaces, as well as to take time to chat and answer their questions.

5  Administration and office work
Behind the scenes of almost every National Trust place, is a small but dedicated team of staff and volunteers, turning the administrative cogs that keep our sites running. Experienced administrators are always welcome to help within property offices or with specific projects. If you have a head for paperwork or accounts and relish the chance of seeing how our sites really run behind the scenes, this may be the role for you.

6  Reception volunteer
As we run more events and increase the numbers of days we are open, so the phone rings accordingly. If you have a few hours a week to give and believe talking on the phone is your calling in life, then we would love to have you on board.

7  Event volunteer

With up to 13,000 visitors passing through some of our property events, it really is all hands on deck to cope. Roles are varied from taking bookings, setting up event stages, directing parkers, recruiting members and, central to all of this, drinking lots of cups of National Trust tea.

8  Volunteer trades people

If you are handy with a wrench or know your architrave from your escutcheon then many of our sites would love to hear from you. Much time and money is spent bringing in specialist contractors to work through all of those odd jobs that mount up on our sites. Your support and skills can be used protecting our shared heritage where it is needed most. As with all our volunteer roles, we will be flexible to suit the time that you feel you can give and will provide all relevant training and support.

9  Learning volunteer
Whether it is assisting with school educational visits or running fun activities for young and old alike in one of our gardens, innovative learning is central to the work of the National Trust and volunteers are the key to making it all possible. Many of our sites are actively recruiting volunteers to assist with, or even lead, educational activities. So, if you have the talent and the energy, we would love to have you involved.

10  None of the above?
With over 50 roles from Accountants to Blacksmith, through Mill Hand to Youth Officer we have almost all of the A-Z covered with potential volunteer roles.

For queries regarding volunteer applications, or to simply request more information please contact the volunteering office at ni.volunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us on 028 9751 0721