Volunteering in Kent

It's the passion of our volunteers that helps make our places extra special. Whether it's making new friends, working in amazing places or just knowing that you're helping a great cause, there's lots of reason to lend a hand with the National Trust in Kent. Become part of the team that cares for the home of Sir Winston Churchill, bring to life the story of Knole's 600-year history or grow green fingers at Scotney Castle. See what adventures are in store.

A view of South Foreland Lighthouse

Volunteering with a view 

Keep watch over tours in the country's first lighthouse to use electric lights, dig deep into Britain's secretive wartime history guiding in the Fan Bay Deep Shelter or serve up delicious treats in Mrs Knott's Tearoom. Discover more about volunteering at the White Cliffs of Dover in 2019.

A volunteer room guide talks to a visitor at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Volunteering for all seasons 

Help tell the story of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West as a room guide in the South Cottage at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Or take up a post in the new tower project exhibition. Come Spring, join the team in the world-famous garden.

Volunteers serching under the floorboards at Knole

Archaeologists in the making 

There is great change at Knole as we preserve the house and its collection. With change comes opportunity, and the chance to play your part in our important work. Take up archaeology, lead park walks under the ancient trees or bring history to life on a schools visit. Our free volunteering coffee mornings will tell you all you need to know.

Looking from the courtyard, across the North Bridge

Time travel at the Mote 

Hop back in time as a room guide at Ightham Mote, transporting visitors through our rich and varied history. Or take your place in the gardening team caring for the estate. Come along to a volunteering open day to find out more.

Volunteers clearing leaves at Emmetts Garden

Dig for volunteering victory 

Find sanctuary in charming Emmetts Garden as a volunteer tour guide. Prefer life in the fast lane? We need buggy drivers to chauffeur visitors round the hillside. Look out for our impromptu volunteer days to help plant bulbs and sow seed.

Volunteer at smallhythe place

Tread the boards 

Hide away in the idyllic Kent countryside at Smallhythe Place, the home of actress Ellen Terry. Go off script as a room guide or hone your craft carefully conserving our collection here. Help out in the garden as we set the stage for the summer months.

Volunteer Jenny Dunn in the garden at Chartwell

Tell the story of our Greatest Briton 

Become part of the team at Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. Take up your post in the Visitor Centre, get behind the wheel of the minibus or pull on your wellies and help care for the garden that Churchill so loved.

Our consultant archivists working in the study

Green fingers 

Become a room steward in the house as we celebrate 180 years since the first brick was laid at Scotney Castle. Outside, grow green fingers as well as seasonal produce in the walled garden and help care for the wider estate.