Volunteer at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

A close up shot shows a volunteer cleaings scrub on the coastal path, an essential part of managing a coastal site such as Birling Gap

We’re always on the lookout for like-minded people to join our team and help us to run and manage this unique coastal site. We have many volunteering opportunities available all year round so find out more about how you could make a difference and support our work.

Join in

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters is a well-used and much-loved site by locals and visitors alike. It is an area rich in cultural and social history with amazing views and wonderful wildlife.

If you are interested in helping to look after this beautiful and iconic site, please look at the volunteer opportunities below and contact the Property Office on 01323 423197 or email us for more details.

Countryside and conservation

From coppicing hazel at our woodland in Ashcombe Bottom to fencing work at Frog Firle Farm, there’s always something to do on our countryside sites across the South Downs. If you have a few hours to spare each month and enjoy working outside then why not join us as an outdoor volunteer?

Volunteer sieving soil on an archaeological dig
Volunteer sieving soil on an archaeological dig

Visitor information

Do you love chatting to people and sharing your love of the countryside? If so why not join our visitor centre team welcoming visitors, answering questions and helping them enjoy this beautiful coastal spot? Whether you have 4 hours a month or several days a week to spare you can help support our work in the South Downs by volunteering in the visitor centre.

Retail

The shop at Birling Gap is stocked to the brim with local goods and specialities and is a great place to browse for gifts or find a souvenir. If you’re interested in chatting to visitors, helping them find that special item and ensuring that the shop continues to look amazing, then please contact us.

Coastal products in the shop at Birling Gap
A shop display of blue and white ceramics

Membership and recruiting

Membership is extremely important in funding the vital work we do here. As a volunteer membership recruiter you’ll provide a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors and answer questions about the property and the wider Trust.  

Garden

There’s now a beautiful garden at Birling Gap. It shows some of the different habitats that can be found locally, including vegetated shingle, maritime grassland and chalk heath. It requires a lot of upkeep so if you think you’d like to help, let us know.

View of the garden
A view of Birling Gap garden

Long term volunteer

If you’re looking for a career in countryside and conservation, why not join us as a long-term volunteer? We offer you the opportunity to work across some beautiful Sussex downland and coastal sites and learn new skills every day. We’ll also help you gain invaluable experience with an enthusiastic and professional team.

Education

Children come here to learn about all sorts of things - from landscape, geology, geography and the science of the natural world. This really means they get to run around looking in ponds, ditches and rock pools, having fun and learning to love nature. To find out how you could help on these fun-filled days please contact us.

Bug hunting on a learning visit to Birling Gap
Three children bug hunting in the chalk grassland at Birling Gap

Research assistant

With an information centre in development, there’s plenty of opportunity for research at Birling Gap. But there’s more to it than that – we are always looking to unearth new and exciting tales about this coastal gem. Contact us if you’d like to help us find out more about this unique place.

Events

There’s always something going on at Birling Gap. Whether it’s family fun activities, guided walks or special promotions in the café, it’s about offering something fun and memorable for visitors. If you would like to join the team in planning and delivering these events then let us know.

What's it all about?
Visitors and staff having fun at the Gayles Farm opening celebration event

Administration and office support

We’re looking for someone to help support us and ensure everything runs smoothly. If you like providing a friendly welcome, responding to enquiries and providing general information then why not join the team?