Volunteer with us in North Devon

Volunteer and ranger tree work North Devon

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our vital conservation work in North Devon. If you'd like to try something new, get outdoors, learn new skills and make a lasting difference then volunteering with us could be for you.

Get involved and make a difference with the National Trust

Did you know that here in North Devon the National Trust cares for over 8000 acres of land, 50 miles of coastline and 101 miles of footpath - including woods, beaches, farmland, meadows, moorland and archaeological remains?

Thanks to the generous support of our visitors, members and volunteers we can continue caring for these diverse landscapes – protecting and preserving them for ever, for everyone. That means every time you visit one of our beautiful beaches, it helps us breathe new life into the countryside.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with this vital work. So whether you want to get active or get involved, volunteering with the National Trust is an exciting and sociable way to try new things, get outdoors and lend a hand to a great cause. It's also a brilliant way to gain the skills and experience that will continue to benefit you. If you're looking for incredible (and flexible) experiences, we'd love you to get involved.

From Car Park Assistants at Baggy Point to Wildlife Monitors in Hartland we’ve got lots of voluntary opportunities available in North Devon. We are always open to discussing what role might be right for you.

Volunteer James helps repair a dry stone wall at Mortehoe near Woolacombe
Volunteer James at Woolacombe North Devon
Volunteer James helps repair a dry stone wall at Mortehoe near Woolacombe

Gudrun's volunteer story

Gudrun Limbrick, a Volunteer Ranger at Woolacombe describes her experience:

‘A couple of years ago I joined a wall-building course run by the Woolacombe team at Mortehoe. The course was two days of learning how to cut and lay slate stones to form the traditional stone-faced banks which criss-cross the countryside here. It rained, a gale blew and I finished each day absolutely filthy but I loved it, and I knew that I wanted to do more. So, for a year or so now, I have been volunteering once a week with the Woolacombe team. The jobs we do are varied – cutting and burning gorse in the winter, strimming in the summer, and wall-building, litter-picking, step repairing and many other tasks whenever they are needed. I really enjoy the work and being part of the team but, most of all, I have loved getting to know this beautiful place I live in better and learning about how the land is used and managed, and the varied habitats it supports. As a bonus, my experience as a volunteer meant I was appointed as a National Trust beach ranger in the summer season, surely the best job in the world!’

Join us this year

We have got some great work programmes this year, with something to suit all abilities. Due to the nature of, well, nature, dates and locations can change. Therefore these programmes are more of a guide to the type of activities our volunteer groups get up to. To find out specific days and activities, get in touch with ranger Gregg at gregg.wilson@nationaltrust.org.uk (Bideford Bay & Hartland), ranger Dave at dave.jolley@nationaltrust.org.uk (Woolacombe & Mortehoe), ranger Dan at daniel.cameron@nationaltrust.org.uk (Heddon Valley), or ranger Josey at josey.field@nationaltrust.org.uk (Kipscombe Farm). Thanks!

Peppercombe volunteer work programme 2018 (PDF / 0.216796875MB) download

Dunsland volunteer work programme 2018 (PDF / 0.7MB) download

Brownsham volunteer work programme 2017/8 (PDF / 0.5380859375MB) download

Heddon Valley volunteer work guide 2018

Interested in finding out more? Email northdevon@nationaltrust.org.uk or search for an opportunity online.