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Being a House Guide is a great way to learn about the history of the family © NTPL/National Trust Images/Peter Aprahamian

Being a House Guide is a great way to learn about the history of the family

House Guide

House Guides have a vital role to play in delivering inspiring and enjoyable tours, helping groups to learn more about the place they are visiting. House Guides also help to protect the health and safety of visitors, and play a part in safeguarding the property and its assets.

This role will suit people who have an enthusiastic and friendly manner, are confident in talking to groups of people, have good time management skills and are keen to learn.

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The Events team help set up events and keep them running smoothly © NTPL/Rachel Hart

The Events team help set up events and keep them running smoothly

Events Assistant

Events Assistants help to deliver a variety of different events at Mount Stewart from planning and preparation to setting up and running activities on the day. It’s about offering something fun and memorable for visitors and encouraging them to return, and/or tell their friends about us.

This role will suit people who have a friendly and enthusiastic manner and enjoy working with family visitors in particular. This role can be physically demanding and you may be on your feet all day.

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We need lots of volunteers to help us protect items during our restoration © NTPL/National Trust

We need lots of volunteers to help us protect items during our restoration

Conservation Assistant

Conservation Assistants help to care for our collection and keep up presentation standards in our house as set out in the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping. Working with conservation staff, you will learn how to protect historic items so that our visitors can enjoy them for as long as possible.

This role will suit people who enjoy working as part of a team, have a good eye for detail and an interest in historic collections. Enthusiasm for learning conservation techniques will be encouraged. Ideally, conservation assistants will also have good hand-eye coordination, be able to work from a ladder or tower scaffold and lift objects.

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The reception desk is the first point of call for our visitors © NTPL/Peter Muhly

The reception desk is the first point of call for our visitors

Visitor Reception Assistant

The reception team provide a warm welcome for all visitors, answer any immediate questions, help them to orientate themselves and generally give them the information they need to ensure they have a comfortable, enjoyable and memorable visit. As a Visitor Reception Assistant, you will be the first point of contact for visitors. Besides providing an informative and cheerful welcome you will also offer practical advice and hand out leaflets and notices.

This role will suit people who enjoy meeting new people, are confident and outgoing and like helping others.

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Keep our shelves stocked and help in shop displays © NTPL/John Millar

Keep our shelves stocked and help in shop displays

Retail Assistant

Retail Assistants help with the smooth running of the shop, helping to meet sales targets while providing a friendly and helpful service for all visitors/customers.

This role will suit people who have a friendly and helpful nature, are confident about handling cash and happy to use a till.

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Serve our visitors with warm, tasty treats © NTPL/National Trust Images/Ian Shaw

Serve our visitors with warm, tasty treats

Catering Assistant

Catering Assistants provide a warm and inviting experience, from welcoming visitors to serving food and drink in a prompt, efficient and pleasant manner. You will also play a role in helping to protect visitors’ health and safety.

This role will suit people who enjoy variety, like meeting people, have a friendly and helpful nature and like being part of a small team.

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    Numbers are rising

    We currently have around 120 volunteers working across all our departments.

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    Reap the rewards

    As a thank you for volunteering, we'll give you 20% discount in our shop and restaurant.

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    Make new friends

    Have fun, learn new skills and meet like-minded people with similar interests.

  • Apply to be a volunteer

    Interested in becoming a volunteer? Download a volunteer form and email it back to us.

  • Already a volunteer?

    Join 'My Volunteering' where you can read the latest news and share your own stories.

Volunteer blogs

Follow our blog

Don't take our word for it!

As well as helping us out in different departments, some of our volunteers keep a blog documenting their work and experiences.

Have a read -

Mount Stewart - Volunteer's garden diary

Strangford Lough - Mud, Sweat and Volunteers

 

Horticulture placements for students

Come rain or shine, our volunteers are always happy to help out

Come rain or shine, our volunteers are always happy to help out

Here at Mount Stewart we offer gardening placements to students who are studying horticulture. Last year we welcomed students from the USA, France and Luxembourg who all enjoyed experiencing Northern Ireland as well as learning new skills.

If you are interested in a placement opportunity at Mount Stewart, please contact our Garden Manager, Paul Stewart.

Working with our community

These Steps to Work gardeners are helping us out and learning new skills

These Steps to Work gardeners are helping us out and learning new skills

For the local community, Mount Stewart isn't just a spectacular place to relax and play - we also provide the opportunity to develop your skills and learn new ones to help you in your job search.

Enjoy members' only social events

Join for only £8 per year and enjoy some great days out © Simon Fraser

The North Down & Ards Association is a vibrant and welcoming group for National Trust members, organising a wide range of year-round activities which make National Trust membership even more enjoyable…

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