Join the Goddards team

Man in stripey top juggling chocolate oranges in the gardens with the house in the background

Here at Goddards we have a growing team of talented volunteers who help make sure our guests get the most out of their visit.

The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and supporters is our top concern and in accordance with Government guidelines on social distancing, our houses, shops, cafes, gardens and parks are now closed, and from March 24 all of our car parks will close. However, many will be grateful for support when they reopen. If you are interested in volunteering, please keep checking for future opportunities.


Volunteering at Goddards

Volunteers also play a key role in allowing us to look for new and exciting ways to develop this fledgling property and we're always looking for more. Whether you've got green fingers, a friendly face, or a talent for story-telling, we can put your skills to good use.

We are particularly looking for volunteers to help with welcoming visitors on arrival, experience volunteers especially on weekends and pianists to add some music to the house.

Popular roles

Visitor Experience Volunteer

Our knowledgeable visitor experience volunteers are essential in bringing Goddards to life and provide the first port of call for our visitors. They chat to guests about the fascinating life of the Terry family, encouraging them to share their own memories of the property whilst ensuring the safety and protection of the house and its contents.

Tea Room Host

Our friendly Tea Room Hosts help recreate the warm and inviting atmosphere of the old Terry dining room, whilst offering great customer service to guests. Most of all, the Tea Room Hosts enjoy sharing stories about this intimate environment, explaining the role of food and fine dining in the Terry household.


Our team of dedicated gardeners are responsible for the maintenance and development of the formal and informal gardens at Goddards. Their role often involves traditional gardening activities such as planting new trees and flowers, pruning seasonal borders or mowing the lawn.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the National Trust is a fantastic way to boost your skills, meet new people and get involved in your local community.

Share something unusual

Do you possess a hidden talent that you would like to share? Whether you're an avid chocolatier, passionate about circus skills or have an eye for flower arranging, we would love to hear from you. 

Prefer to be behind the scenes?

There are a variety of ways you could get invovled to support the teams behind the scenes. Skills needed here include good communication, organisation and depending on the role confidence with computers. You could get invovled in general administration, project work or become part of the marketing team. 

Join the York Association

York Association of the National Trust share a passion for supporting local properties through social activities, walks, trips & events. National Trust members & non-members equally welcome.

Looking for a job?

Visit the National Trust jobsite for full details of all current vacancies and how to apply. The website is updated daily so check back regularly to see what's on offer. 

You can also see what opportunities are available at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens and Treasurer's House on their web pages.