A varied role only a stone's throw from the Helford River

Bunting decorates the village of Durgan in Cornwall for the annual regatta in summer

Fish cellar volunteers welcome visitors to the unspoilt village of Durgan - whether they’re spending the day on the beach, visiting Glendurgan or marching along the coastal footpath. They engage people with the people and wildlife stories of Durgan and the Helford River and give options of things to do in the area. They’re also vital in raising money to look after the 190 year old maze in the garden at Glendurgan.

What’s involved: 

  • Welcoming visitors to Durgan in a warm, friendly and individual way.
  • Developing a good knowledge of the local area, wildlife, history and the work of the National Trust to share with everyone.
  • Looking after the fish cellar building and its contents (this includes keeping the woodburner going during cooler months)
  • Always working with another member of the team
  • Selling ice creams, guidebooks, raffle tickets, second hand books and launching fees (so cash handling)
  • Looking after the tea & coffee area (operates on a self-service, donation basis)
  • Keeping in contact with staff and volunteers at Glendurgan entrance and in the surrounding countryside
  • Ideally at least half a day a fortnight but the rota is flexible (the fish cellar is open Tuesday to Sunday and also open on bank holiday Mondays and all Mondays in August).
Durgan Village on the Helford River
Durgan Village on the Helford River in Cornwall as seen from above
Durgan Village on the Helford River


This role will suit you if you are…

  • Friendly, helpful and enjoy meeting people
  • Happy being by the seaside
  • Keen to support a charity to look after this small but much-loved part of Cornwall
  • Interested in social history

By getting involved you could

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and make new friends
  • Help to engage all sorts of people with the social history and natural world of the Helford River
  • Raise money to keep the village cared for and the coastline looked after in an ever changing world.