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.

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

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.

Second hand book shop assistant

Do you love books and meeting people? As a book shop assistant, you’ll be organising the collection of our second hand books, categorising and pricing them and interacting with visitors in the shop.

Weekend / Seasonal room guide

Enjoy conversation and storytelling? If you're interested in family stories, collections and interiors you'll love making people feel at home and playing your part in bringing this fascinating house to life for visitors.

Outdoor volunteer

Outdoor Volunteers help our visitors to discover more about the great outdoors at Basildon Park by being available to talk to visitors in our gardens, woodland and parkland. This role would be well suited to someone who enjoys being outdoors and meeting new people. 

Parkland walk leader

Are you passionate about nature? Wild life walk leaders help our visitors to discover more about Basildon Park by leading walks through our Parks and Woodland, and sharing their enthusiam for the property and the National Trust. 

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.

Tea-room assistants 

Volunteer tea-room assistants help us to keep our café and Tool Shed Tea-room as clean and warm places 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

Raffle ticket seller

Are you a natural at sales, or someone who loves meeting new people? Our raffle ticket sellers are great at encouraging visitors to help, which boosts our funds so we can do more good work, and deliver more conservation projects at Basildon Park.

Children's Activities volunteer

Our Children’s Activities Volunteers help support families to enjoy and learn about the property through self-led craft activities and storytelling during the school holidays and on other key events.

This role would be great for anyone who loves crafts and working with children, and could be useful experience for someone who would like to have a career in education. 

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.

Unfortunately, we can not offer volunteering roles to people younger than 16. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.