Join in at Murlough National Nature Reserve

Murlough is a hugely valuable nature reserve which we manage in South Down. It is Ireland's first ever nature reserve and encompasses an incredible 16 per cent of the UK’s dune heathland.

We currently have three full-time rangers at Murlough and Mourne. If you add the additional 1,400 acres which we manage on Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh, it’s a huge area to look after. We depend on and value our volunteers, which are a must for Murlough.

The benefits

At Murlough we see volunteering as a mutually beneficial partnership – a win for both the National Trust and the volunteer. Volunteers get to meet new people and learn new skills in a spectacular setting. We gain from getting vital help with the valuable work we do tackling invasive species and conserving our fragile habitats.

What you can expect

  • Habitat management
  • Wild flower surveys
  • Beach cleans
  • Tree surveys
  • Site patrols
  • Fencing repairs
  • Boardwalk maintenance
  • Events
  • Fixed point photography
  • Mapping of invasive species
  • Butterfly Surveys (seasonal)


Volunteering opportunities at Murlough

We are currently looking for Volunteer Rangers at Murlough. People who volunteer at Murlough include students, graduates, retired professionals, community groups and school groups - we also offer accommodation for long-term overseas volunteers. Volunteering can be flexible around you. Some of our volunteers are full time and some can only offer a few hours per month, but we are always grateful for any assistance we receive.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you if you’re keen to lend us a hand. Please visit find an opportunity to see what opportunities we currently have available.

Please note that due to the high volume of enquiries about volunteering we may not be able to reply if you apply for a role we don’t have vacancies for.

Meet some of the volunteers, check out our volunteer blog!

Murlough Volunteer Blog

Richard and Graham talk about their volunteer experience.

A volunteer helping in the gardens

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