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Have you ever thought of volunteering?

Lyn helps Orchard Officer Chris Groves sort apples in the old orchard

Lyn helps Orchard Officer Chris Groves sort apples in the old orchard

Volunteering with us can be an exciting and rewarding experience. You can make a real difference by taking part in the conservation of the UK’s heritage.

Learn new skills, meet new people and work right at the heart of amazing buildings, gardens and landscapes. Full training and guidance plus travel expenses and National Trust discounts will be given.

How to join us

Beating the bounds during the National Trust Walking Festival

If volunteering with us is for you, we'll arrange for you to come in and meet the Cotehele team.

To find out more please get in touch with Charmian, our visitor services & volunteer manager, by email or on 01579 352736.

Current opportunities at Cotehele

Room guides

Colin explains an old firearm during our Top Gun display in the house. © Martin Smith

Meet like-minded people and explore Cotehele’s past by sharing our stories with visitors. A real chance to get behind the scenes in this wonderful former Tudor home of the Edgcumbe family.  We are particularly looking for room guides at weekends.

Visitor reception

The ice cream kiosk is around here someplace © Lee Searle

Greet our visitors and orientate them for their day exploring Cotehele. You'll talk to them about Cotehele's fascinating history, garden treasures, estate walks and help advise them on their visit. A warm welcome is such an important part of any day out.

Handy person on the estate

Jill tidying up the Upper Garden at Cotehele, Cornwall © NationalTrust

Help our conservation team on the estate.  This is a very practical role.  You may be helping in one of our holiday cottage gardens or cleaning the gates, clearing the paths or putting up new signs. Pull on your overalls and be prepared for anything.

Just imagine what you could do

  • Join a great team
  • Meet new people and make friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Have fun and enjoy social events
  • Enhance your CV and give yourself an edge
  • Be a part of the conservation of this wonderful place
  • Make a difference

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