Volunteering at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

By becoming a part of the volunteering team you’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills, to make new friends and to inspire others while knowing you’re contributing to Fountains Abbey’s special story.

Our volunteers bring a huge variety of skills that are so important in helping us look after this special place and we currently have over 300 volunteers in the team. The volunteer roles are really varied and there are many opportunities to get involved no matter how much time you can offer.

From mucking in at the bird hide to looking after the vegetable garden at Swanley Grange and keeping history alive for visitors and education groups, volunteers get hands on and creative all while making new friends and learning new skills.

A taster of the departments you can get involved with include customer information, learning, retail, catering, gardening and events. We'll match your skills to the right role depending on your preferences and where we currently have a vacancy.

In return for your support, we offer reasonable out of pocket travel expenses for each time you're on duty, access to an estate talks programme, the opportunity to meet other like-minded people and a chance to play a part in the on-going history of this amazing World Heritage Site.

Looking to gain experience in a new area to further your career alongside or soon after studying? Throughout the year we also offer 6 month internship placements based in our marketing and visitor experience team. You can find out more about voluntary internships as well as search for current opportunities on our internships webpages.

If you would like to find out more about how you can become a part of what we do, contact Andrew Moss our volunteer coordinator at andrew.moss@nationaltrust.org.uk / 01765 643172

You can download our volunteer application form (PDF / 0.1328125MB) download  here to help us find the right opportunity for you.

" There’s such a range of opportunities here that there is really something for everyone. You might think that you are limited to one role linked to your previous career but there might be something new you haven’t thought of doing. Everyone has something to give I would say give it a go!"
- Maureen Lohmeyer, Fountains Abbey Volunteer
The vegetable garden at Swanley Grange with Huby's Tower in the distance.

Get stuck in at Swanley Grange 

Help us tell the story of the abbey's agricultural past. There's all sorts to get involved with down at the grange from welcoming visitors, to looking after the chickens, gardening and helping demonstrate heritage crafts.