Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Young people playing charades at basecamp on a Youth Discovery Working Holiday at High Peak Estate, Derbyshire
From volunteering, to expeditions and charades National Trust Images / Daniel Lane

If you are currently completing a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award we have a range of opportunities at bronze, silver or gold level.


There are lots of opportunities for you to volunteer with the National Trust in a variety of different roles. Whether you are getting your hands dirty with outdoors conservation work, guiding people round a historic place or helping out at an event, we could have an opportunity for you.

It may be possible for you to develop a wide range of skills whilst volunteering with the National Trust. From archaeology to IT, fence-building to photography - the possibilities are endless.

Gold residential

Every year hundreds of gold participants book a National Trust Working Holiday to complete their residential. If you are under 18 you can book onto one of our Youth Discovery Working Holidays, offering you the opportunity to enjoy the Working Holiday experience with people your own age, and if you are 18 or over you can join one of our other Working Holidays.

Getting outdoors

As one of the biggest landowners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland it’s likely that if you are interested in outdoor activities like mountain biking, walking, orienteering, surfing, sailing and so on, you could be doing it on our land.