Volunteer in Belfast

Working hard on the mountain

Do you want to spend your time learning, meeting people and being part of a great team? Belfast has a wide variety of places we look after and opportunities to get involved in, there really is something to suit everyone.

The National Trust was founded in 1895 by three remarkable volunteers, and since then volunteers have been integral to all that we do. Thanks to them our vision to care for special places for everyone, for ever is very much alive today.  

Roles and Opportunities 

Belfast is a microcosm of what the National Trust does, looking after everything from coast to mountain, forest to meadow, industrial to horticultural heritage, gin palace to Mausoleum. Whether your interests lie in nature conservation, gardening, blacksmithing or helping people enjoy our spaces on their terms we have an opportunity to suit. You have the chance to work alongside the Ranger team and learn about more the importance of conserving special places like Cregagh Glen & Lisnabreeny for the future as well as getting involved in more out of the ordinary tasks like scything wildflower meadows to help improve their diversity. You could learn the stories of Rowallane Garden and help us to share this with our visitors by getting involved in our Programming. At Patterson’s Spade Mill you could join us in keeping the craft of Blacksmithing and Spademaking alive for future generations.  

Volunteering in Belfast gives you the chance to meet people from all walks of life, not just the visitors who come to see us, but also your fellow volunteers - it’s the perfect way to meet like-minded people and make new friends.  

Become a Volunteer 

You do not have to be a Master Blacksmith or expert Gardener: we will provide all the training and support that you need. A willingness to learn and to share your enthusiasm with others is what we are looking for. 

Careers Engagement and Development 

Playing our part to support the development of skills for employment, facilitating work experience and supporting academic placements is an important part of the life of at the Belfast Properties. 

We are still developing this within our teams but please contact Volunteering and Community Manager Shanna Rice (Shanna.Rice@nationaltrust.org.uk) if you want to find out more. 


Reap the Rewards 

There are many benefits to volunteering with the National Trust, here's our top 5: 

  • Knowing you're helping look after special places and their stories for everyone, for ever 

  • Share your skills and learn new ones 

  • Make new friends 

  • Work alongside experts in their field 

  • It looks great on your CV