Volunteering at Basildon Park

Volunteers working together at Basildon Park

Since it was founded in 1895 the National Trust has been a volunteer-based organisation. Now nearly 60,000 people give their time to us. Here at Basildon Park we have over 200 volunteers and they are a key part of the team. Most of the people you meet when you visit us will be volunteers, who are vital to ensuring you all have a great day out.

What volunteering can offer you

Support the aims of the National Trust by volunteering with us,and you can really make a difference. It's also a great opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and develop new interests, while helping us to protect one of the many beautiful places we look after.

If you just want to try something different, volunteering experience can look great on your CV and help develop your career.

Come along and find out all about our volunteering opportunities at Basildon Park. From room guiding to flower arranging, gardening to cooking, we'd love you to share your skills and interests with us. Our next volunteer open days are below, drop in anytime from 12noon to 3.00pm in the Garden Room.

  • Friday 5 January 2018
Basildon Park volunteer Diane Felton talks to visitors
Room guide Diane Felton talks to visitors on the terrace at Basildon Park


Current opportunities

Room guide

Volunteer room guides help visitors to enjoy and learn more about Basildon Park, playing a key role in making visits inspiring and engaging. Volunteer room guides also help by playing a part in safeguarding the house and its collection.

Opportunities are available every day between 11.30am and 5.00pm.

Car parker

Volunteer car parkers help create a warm and friendly welcome on arrival to Basildon Park. They will help with getting cars parked in an efficient and effective manner, and help out the Visitor Reception welcome team with any other appropriate tasks. 

Weekend shop volunteer

Volunteering in the shop means creating a warm environment for visitors. Shop volunteers will assist in areas like the selling of shop products, including use of the till, keeping the shop tidy and clean, and helping with the deliveries of shop products.

Opportunities are available at the weekend.

Volunteer ranger

Volunteer rangers work colsely with both the gardeners and wardens at Basildon Park to help manage the outdoor areas to promote good wildlife habitats, and to provide a safe and pleasant environment for our visitors to enjoy.

This role could be for you if you enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions and engaging with our visitors.

Volunteer tea-room assistant

Volunteer tea-room assistants help us to keep our café a clean and warm place for our visitors to enjoy. They work as part of a team providing high quality food and drink in a safe, well run environment.

This role will suit you if you have an enthusiastic and friendly manner, and enjoy meeting people. It would also be great experience for anyone wanting to start a career in the catering industries.

Volunteer baking assistant

Volunteer baking assistants help us to make a selection of sweet treats for visitors in the Basildon Park café to enjoy. The role involves baking a selection of cakes and tray bakes for sale to our visitors, using National Trust cookbook recipes.

This role would be great for anyone who is a passionate and confident baker, as well as someone who is able to work on their own initiative.  

Conservation volunteer

Conservation volunteers help us to look after the collection at Basildon Park. We have over 2,000 objects, and so the house team needs a bit of help to make sure they can so all the conservation jobs that need doing. 

This would be great for you if you want to get closer to the collection, or want to learn new practical skills. However, this job is very physically demanding, so It may not be suitable for eveybody.

If you are interested in any of the roles above or volunteering in general, please apply online. For any more information please call 01491 672 382 or email us.