Volunteering at Kingston Lacy

Visitors at Kingston Lacy

Last year Kingston Lacy welcomed record numbers of visitors and we are now developing ambitious plans for the years ahead. For this, we need your help. From room guides to catering volunteers and outdoor lovers; there is a place for you at Kingston Lacy.

Opening this special house and estate

In March each year, the house fully opens up to the public. To properly display all three floors of treasures we are looking for special people to help with this special place.

Room guides and welcome hosts bring the house to life. They give the visitors an interactive and informed visit. We encourage our visitors to ask questions and you’ll be there to answer them. But don’t worry; your induction will cover all the information you will need, including the more obscure questions! We are looking for people to join our teams every day of the week - Download the role profile (DOC / 0.1MB) download .

Kington Lacy currently has around 500 volunteers. Alex Shaw is one of these, and has been volunteering for the National Trust for five years. 

" I have made so many friends, met many different people, learnt a lot and become part of a great team. Having been self-employed for my whole life, in retirement it is lovely to do something different to your career path."
- Alex Shaw, Garden Guide

Volunteering with the National Trust also comes with extra benefits. For volunteers who dedicate over 50 hours of their time, which is easily done, you will get entry to National Trust properties, 20% off retail, and travel expenses. In addition Kingston Lacy hosts regular events for our dedicated volunteers such as a Summer garden party, Christmas drinks and the Spring Conference.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, just fill in the Volunteer Application Form (PDF / 0.1MB) download  and email it back to us at kingstonlacy@nationaltrust.org.uk. 

Examples of volunteers roles avaliable at Kingston Lacy right now-

House volunteers-Room Guides and Welcome Hosts have a vital role to play in bringing National Trust places to life. It’s about smiling, welcoming our visitors, introducing them to the house experience or greeting them in the many rooms. There is a great opportunity for you to help them make the most of their visit and help us to safeguard our collection. These roles will suit people who have an enthusiastic and friendly manner, enjoy meeting people, like operating as part of a team and who are keen to learn. If this sounds like a good fit for you, come along to the Volunteer recruitment day to meet some current house volunteers and have a go yourself.

Fundraiser- The National Trust is a conservation charity and here at Kingston Lacy we have 8,500 acres of woodland, footpaths, farmland, gardens and a grade one listed mansion to care for.  We are keen to work with volunteers who can support our fundraising need, spending time in the house and gardens promoting raffle ticket sales and visitor donations to support the many conservation projects that require funding.  These roles will suit people who are passionate about the conservation cause of the National Trust, who can convey that passion to our visitors and gain their support.  If you are interested in helping us to fund our conservation work, come along to the Coach House on the Volunteer recruitment day.