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.

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.

Garden volunteers in the garden at Scotney Castle

Garden guide 

Garden guides acquire a good knowledge of Scotney, helping to provide accurate and relevant information about the garden and daily events, which may include introductory talks and guided walks.

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, taking payments and pricing items.

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

Premises volunteer

As a premises 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.