Join the Gibside team

Volunteers cleaning bricks for the new wall

If you would like to join us to conserve history for future generations and help to bring Gibside's story to life, perhaps volunteering could be for you?

Interested in volunteering?

Volunteers come from all walks of life, here at Gibside there are students looking for work experience, to people wanting to try something a little different and for those who want to keep active.

Whatever your motivation, you can become part of a great team, make new friends, gain extra knowledge from the existing team and be involved in conserving this grand Gerogian estate. Plus, your travel expenses are covered and there's other benefits too.

There's loads of different ways to volunteer with the National Trust
A gardens volunteer pruning a flower bed

Why at Gibside?

Gibside is an 18th century landscape garden. In the years following the death of his bride in 1724, coal baron George Bowes immersed himself in his grand estate, Gibside. He commissioned buildings, created ornamental ponds, planted hundreds of trees and laid out the walks that can still be seen today.

However, it was his daughter's legacy that ultimately shaped Gibside's history. Upon George's death Mary Eleanor Bowes became one of the 18th century's richest heiresses.

In later years, poor judgement in her choice of husbands eventually led to her near ruin and Gibside’s downfall. Her torturous marriage to Stoney' Bowes was a cause celebre of the Georgian era and the subject of best-selling book, Wedlock.

Today, there's over 600 acres of woodland, gardens, historic buildings and ruins to explore. You can head off on a walk, take part in an event, venture to the play area and so much more. There's even a pub here.

Blow the cobwebs away at Gibside with a walk
People walking through the sunlit woods

Sounds good? So what roles are available...

Visitor Engagement Gardener

What's involved?

Working as part of the gardening team, Visitor Engagement Gardeners help tell the story of the gardens at Gibside.

The role also includes ensuring that all the visitors enjoy their day and leave feeling inspired by this special place, as well as an essential part in engaging visitors with our ongoing conservation work.

If you'd like to find out more, please e-mail Head Gardener Debbie Crombie for details.

Volunteers clearing leaves at Basildon Park, Berkshire
Volunteers clearing leaves at Basildon Park, Berkshire

Volunteer Trainee Ranger

What's involved?

We're looking for a full-time volunteer for one year to join the ranger team and be involved in the conservation and management of Gibside estate, including areas of SSSI and Grade 1 Registered Landscape.

Chances are you'll also spend a day at other National Trust places too, such as Ebchester Woods.

There'll be lots of chatting to visitors too and engaging them with the conservation work that we're doing. You'll also work with the Visitor Experience and Events Officer to help deliver a great outdoor experience through programming and events.

If you'd like to find out more, please e-mail Ranger Daniel Madden for details.

Join us in the wilds of the New Forest
Children and ranger sit around a woodland camp fire