Why volunteer

Volunteering your time is a great way to learn new skills, meet people and expand your horizons - what will you try?

Volunteer as a garden guide, rain or shine, we still need you © (c) NTPL/David Levenson

Volunteer as a garden guide, rain or shine, we still need you

Why volunteer?

There are so many different reasons to volunteer, and everyone has their own reasons. However, here are some of the main benefits:

  • Learn new skills
  • Good for your C.V.
  • Work alongside experts in their field
  • Make new friends
  • Knowing you're making a unique contribution to our work
  • Counts towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • Why we love volunteers

    Our volunteers are quite simply the lifeblood of the National Trust. Without our army of enthusiastic helpers, we certainly wouldn't be able to maintain our places, and our visitors would miss their valuable contribution to bringing a visit to life.

  • What our volunteers think

    Don't take our word for it, we've asked a few of our volunteers to share their stories about why they volunteer and what they enjoy about sparing a little time to spend with us.

  • Ways to volunteer with us

    There are many organisations that offer volunteering opportunities. We are unique because not only do we care for so many amazing and diverse places, but we offer such a wide range of roles from assisting with archaeological digs to marshalling events - via inspiring tour groups and leading bug hunts...

Get in touch

If you want to have a chat about what you can offer, why not call your local place? They're the people who know which roles we have, and which might be best for you.

Volunteering FAQs

Volunteering can be extremely rewarding. You may have questions about what it means to volunteer, and what you can expect from us. We have tried to answer as many as possible in our FAQs.

Find an opportunity

Whether you're looking to help in the great outdoors, work with the public or get up close and personal with our houses, we have something exciting happening near you.