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Become a volunteer

Share your smile with our visitors

Share your smile with our visitors

If you've a few hours to spare and would like to learn something new or indulge a passion you have, then we'd love to hear from you. There's a variety of positions for volunteers, or tell us what interests you most.

Current vacancies

  • Maintaining the Grand Approach
  • Visitor welcome assistant
  • Wildlife surveyor
  • Gardener
  • Retail assistant
  • Administrator
  • Catering assistant
  • Ranger
  • Ha-ha restoration
  • Marketing assistant

Supporter groups

Interested in making the most of the National Trust near you? Join your local group to enjoy special interest talks, visits, holidays and other social and fundraising events.

Volunteer of the year for London and South East

Volunteer Ivy enjoying a tour through Stowe with Paul from the gardens team

Volunteer Ivy enjoying a tour through Stowe with Paul from the gardens team

Without the dedicated team at volunteers across the country, the National Trust simply wouldn't be able to maintain, protect and open all of the special places we look after.

As a charity, volunteers donate their time and skills to ensure everyone can enjoy their local place. We want to thank the volunteers who support Stowe, all with very different roles from our bakers to gardeners, administrators, photographers, car parkers and much more.

We recently held awards within the National Trust London and South East, where one of Stowe's volunteers was nominated and successfully won the category of Volunteer of the year. Ivy Cakebread has worked at Stowe 20 years as a dedicated administrator in our office and is always helpful and keen to integrate the community into the work of the property. In 2012 Ivy was also awarded an MBE for her charitable work, but she's far too modest to tell you that.

Drop into one of our open days to find out more about how you can get involved.

Corporate volunteering

Staff from the Home Retail Group getting stuck in the mud in the garden

Staff from the Home Retail Group getting stuck in the mud in the garden

If you have a workforce of employees and wish to support a charity, Stowe is a great place to choose.

We have a dedicated programme of activities for groups to participate in, whilst helping our gardening team achieve a projects with mass help. What will take our team of four gardeners months to complete, will in comparison take one day for a group of 20 or more volunteers to achieve.

Corporate volunteering also brings benefits to your company from developing social responsibility within the community, and providing activities that give employee welfare, development and team building opportunities. We do not charge for this, and ask only for you to cover travel expenses and the cost of additional equipment tools via a donation.

We are ideally situated between Oxford, Northampton and Milton Keynes with easy train and motorway connections.

To find out more contact Patrick Green, Assistant Head Gardener on 01280 817156 or