Volunteer with us and see more, do more and be more

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Make this year special. Volunteer with us and spend more of your time enjoying some of the most stunning places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You’ll be able to try something new, learn new skills, meet new people along the way – and in 12 months’ time look back proudly at a job well done.

Volunteers play a crucial role in running the places we care for.

The jobs they do are many and enormously varied and we couldn’t do what we do without them.

Some roles are quite informal and open to the whole family.

For example, Wray Castle, Cumbria is recruiting ‘litter fairies’.  As you explore the grounds, just take a litter picker with you and help us keep the place clean and tidy as you go.  

Keep an eye on the countryside

Elsewhere, on the South Downs, we’re recruiting walkers as ‘lookerers’ who will check fences, water troughs and gates, and make sure the animals all still have four legs and two eyes.

Other places offer more specialised jobs for individuals, including dressing up in period costume and demonstrating butter making at East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire.

Making music

If you’re handy at tinkling on the ivories, both Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire, and Coleton Fishacre, Devon, need a volunteer pianist to keep visitors entertained.

Of course, we also look after a lot of gardens. There are always opportunities at our places for those with green fingers and those eager to learn from the experts.

Garden gang

Swanley Grange, Yorkshire, need volunteers to help tend the vegetable garden, look after the hens and take part in heritage crafts.

At Greenway, Devon, the garden team do a monthly garden blitz, getting a large group of volunteers together to clear an area of the garden. And Osterley Park and House are looking to expand their cut-flower growing volunteer team.  

Brand new opportunities

This year we are excited to announce that we’re also looking for volunteers to help us launch some brand new projects.

For example, in the spring, we will open the most exciting element of The Vyne’s huge roof conservation story, a 360 degree rooftop walkway.  

You could be part of this amazing experience, providing support and information about the conservation work, and an essential ‘welcome’ point for visitors too.

Take responsibility

You’ll give safety briefing, guide visitors up to the roof, and explain what they can see as they gaze into the roof work space, and look out from special viewing windows across
The Vyne’s ancient estate.

On the Isle of Wight we are slowly bringing Bembridge Fort back to life. We need enthusiastic guided tour leaders with an interest in history and a natural ability to tell stories to help our visitors enjoy this incredible site and show them around the 19th and 20th-century fortifications.

Lots of opportunities

Wherever you look there’s an opportunity. There is so much to be done at all our places, and we need your help to keep them open for everyone, forever.

We look after 775 miles of coastline and over 248,000 hectares of land, 200 historic houses, 47 industrial monuments and mills, 9 lighthouses, 39 pubs, the sites of many factories and mines, 41 castles and chapels, 56 villages and 25 medieval barns.

Whatever your existing skills – or whatever skills you’d like to learn – there’s a place for you in our team.

Let’s get started. Click below and find out what’s going on near you now.

Volunteers working in the Walled Garden at Gibside, Tyne & Wear

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