Join our volunteer team

Volunteering at Scotney is an exciting and sociable way to try new things, get outdoors and lend a hand to a great cause. It's also a brilliant way to gain the skills and experience that will continue to benefit you. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available here at Scotney Castle, from room guiding to gardening, our flexibility suits all ages and abilities and we pride ourselves on being a friendly community.

The Dining Room in the new house at Scotney, Kent

Room guide

Room guides welcome visitors to Scotney and answer any questions that may arise. They uncover items of our hidden collection, help visitors to discover more and may lead tours and talks around the house.

Ranger volunteers at Scotney Castle

Ranger

Ranger volunteers love the countryside and being out in the fresh air. Completing practical work, they keep Scotney in great condition, helping with a variety of projects and species surveys.

Volunteering in the National Trust shop

Retail volunteer

Retail volunteers provide a warm welcome for all visitors, answering questions confidently and accurately. They assist with the running of the shop and plant area - re-stocking the displays, pricing items and serving customers.

Catering staff serving visitor

Food & Beverage volunteer

F&B volunteers welcome visitors to the tea-room, serving our signature scone of the month, hot meals and drinks. They support the team in all aspects of their daily duties and also assist in our ice-cream parlour.

Estate guide leading a walk across the Scotney estate

Estate guide

Estate guides have an enthusiasm for both Scotney and the outdoors, being fun and informative. When confident they lead guided walks and deliver ‘10 minute’ talks on specific features of the estate.

Volunteer clearing giant rhubarb at Scotney Castle, Kent

Gardener

Garden volunteers help with everyday practical tasks to keep the garden and walled garden looking their best. They assist with projects, share their skills and knowledge, and help to answer visitors questions.

Visitor welcome volunteer serving customers at Scotney Castle

Visitor welcome volunteer

Visitor welcome volunteers ensure our visitors enjoy their day by sharing information and answering questions about Scotney. They promote the National Trust and encourage visitors to join as members.

Volunteer examining a silver cup at Scotney Castle

Long term house volunteer

Calling all historic housekeepers! Conservation assistants love taking care of historic items, art and interiors, and keeping buildings looking their best, so that visitors can enjoy them well into the future.

The new house at Scotney Castle, Kent

Facilities volunteer

As a facilities volunteer, you'll have a vital role to play in helping to preserve, maintain and conserve Scotney Castle and all the estate property. This enhances the visitors experience and enjoyment during their stay, as well as looking after what we've got for future generations.