Volunteering at Scotney Castle
Volunteering with the National Trust is an exciting and sociable way to try new things, work indoors or out and lend a hand to a great cause.
Volunteering at Scotney Castle is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes at this unique property. Whatever your interests, we will have an opportunity for you. From room guiding to gardening, helping in the property office, shop or tea-room, or getting involved in running events, our flexibility suits all ages and abilities and we pride ourselves on being a friendly community. If you're looking for fulfilling experiences, we'd love you to get involved.
" “My favourite thing about Scotney is talking about the garden to visitors and harvesting the fruit. It’s great to be in contact with like-minded people - staff, fellow volunteers and visitors.” "
We couldn’t look after Scotney without the help of our volunteers. Joining our team is an excellent way to further support the National Trust’s cause and allow you to give back to the local area. Whether you wish to learn something new or share your existing skills and knowledge with others, we will support your journey and look at ways to enhance your volunteering experience.
Age is no barrier to volunteering
With age comes experience and we welcome volunteers with skills that could be put to good use at Scotney Castle. With a house, old castle, shop, tea-room, garden, estate, full schedule of events and an office to run, you'd be surprised at the skills we need. Take a look at this short video to meet some of our existing volunteers and find out what motivates them to volunteer.
What can you get out of volunteering?
Our volunteers enjoy a warm community, meeting with like-minded people and making new friendships. We like to think we provide a friendly and relaxed welcome to volunteers, who in turn pass that on to visitors, plus the hours are flexible and there to suit you. There are also many other perks to volunteering with us:
We don't expect you to know the history of Scotney Castle before you arrive, nor how all our systems work or how to find your way around the property. Training will be given for the role you decide to do and you'll have plenty of people around to ask for help. For some roles, you may be asked to go on a training day at a different property, or do some online training at a time convenient for you. We aim to make you feel confident in the role you wish to do!
After 50 hours of volunteering each year, volunteers are rewarded with a National Trust volunteer card. This gives you free admission to properties managed by the National Trust or the National Trust for Scotland (except those where there is a charge to all members). If you are already a member, the volunteer card will provide you with free access for one accompanying guest. You'll also receive a 20% discount in all National Trust shops, restaurants and tea-rooms.
We don't want you to lose out financially through volunteering with us so we will cover your agreed out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel between your home and Scotney Castle.
" Being a room guide is so rewarding. You go from being petrified the first couple of sessions to being protective and proud of the house in a short time. You meet lovely people visiting the house, having conversations about topics you would never of dreamed of having. I have made some wonderful new friends with house staff and other volunteers, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. "
Our Scotney Insights programme offers a range of talks and tours on a variety of topics, available exclusively to volunteers. Delivered regularly by members of the team, you can learn a bit more about a certain aspect of Scotney; perfect titbits of information to store away and pass on to visitors at a later date.
We like to get together at regular intervals to socialise. We host a summer picnic overlooking the beautiful mansion house for all volunteers and staff to celebrate the year so far, and hopefully enjoy some sunshine. At Christmas our volunteers gather for carols by the fire, with mulled wine and something warm to eat. We use both events as an opportunity to celebrate long service, awarding certificates and badges for every five years of voluntary service spent with the National Trust.
Welcoming younger volunteers
If you're just starting out on your career and are considering working for the National Trust, volunteering could provide you with the insight and work experience to kick start your career. Whether you're interested in a job in conservation, gardening or any of the other areas of activity at Scotney Castle, there may well be a volunteering opportunity for you to fit around your studying or work commitments. Take a look at what some of our younger volunteers and members of staff say about coming to Scotney Castle.