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.

  • Monday 10 September
Basildon Park volunteer Diane Felton talks to visitors
Room guide Diane Felton talks to visitors on the terrace at Basildon Park
Basildon Park volunteer Diane Felton talks to visitors


Current opportunities

Weekend room guides

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 for weekend and holiday cover between 11.30am and 5.00pm.

Raffle ticket seller

A great opportunity for people to help us out over the weekends by selling raffle tickets to our visitors. Training is essential for this role.

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. We're looking for help especially during school holiday periods.

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.

Tea-room assistants 

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

Parkland walk leader

Wild life walk leaders help our visitors to discover more about Basildon Park by leading walks through our Parks and Woodland. They share their enthusiasm for the property by devising and leading walks which contribute to visitor’s enjoyment throughout the season.

This role would be great for anyone who has a passion for the outdoors, and if you have great public speaking skills. As the walk leader, this role would be more suitable for people able to walk long distances. 


Garden help needed on Tuesdays.

 To assist the Gardener in charge, as requested, in managing the garden in accordance with the long-term plan for its conservation.    Helping in the continuing development and renewal of the garden/park through:

-              planting trees and shrubs

-              establishing borders and other garden features

-              clearing, pruning and renovating areas

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.