Volunteering at Stowe

Two ladies sit on a golf buggy, with bunting. They hold a small chalkboard which reflects on what makes Stowe special to them.

As a charity here to protect our special places for everyone to enjoy, we simply couldn’t do it without the aid of thousands of volunteers. From keeping our properties alive with intriguing stories to being at the forefront of conservation, volunteers are the heartbeat of the National Trust.

Lending a hand

If you’ve got some spare time to lend a hand and would like to learn something new or share in a passion you have, then we’d love to hear from you. There’s a variety of positions available for volunteers, or tell us what interests you most. 

Open days

We're looking for some new team members to support our portfolio. As well as looking after Stowe, we're part of a larger family in the Aylesbury Vale caring for Claydon, Buckingham Chantry Chapel, Boarstall Duck Decoy, Boarstall Tower, Long Crendon Courthouse and King's Head.

Drop by for an informal chat on one of our open days to meet the team and discuss the roles available across our properties from serving coffee in our bustling bookshop to helping in the orchards to bringing places to life by room guiding. 

  • 27 and 28 January 11am-3pm at Stowe
  • 22 and 26 February 11am-3pm at Buckingham Chantry Chapel

Getting stuck in

If you love the great outdoors and keeping active, we’ve got some new roles perfect for you. We’re looking to develop a team of Rangers and Orchard volunteers to help in the 750 acres of parkland and 250 acres of gardens that we look after. 

Tasks can include anything from mowing to building tree guards, pruning to planting, watering to shrub clearance. Full training and support is given, whilst a range of benefits are available as well as becoming part of a dedicated team. The roles offer variety throughout the year with the seasonal changes and is flexible on the amount of time you can help. 

Chat makes the world a better place

We’re also on the lookout for people who love to chat! We love welcoming our visitors and need help in our passionate team who ensure people get the best visitor experience when they arrive at the New Inn visitor centre. 

It's all about making somebody's day extra special
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Sunday gardening group

We've got a new Sunday Gardening Group. It's an opportunity for those with a passion of gardening to enjoy helping in the most inspiring landscape. Join our Gardener Denise on the first Sunday of each month at your own leisure, without the ties of regular volunteering. Find out more by using the volunteer vacancies search above.

" At the Stowe and Aylesbury Portfolio in 2015, 386 volunteers worked in 34 roles, donating 29,000 hours. We simply couldn't achieve what we do without their contribution. Join the team and help us look after your local special place."
- Richard Skilbeck, Volunteering Manager
A group of ten adults are in wellies stuck in boggy mud. They're mucky from a day of volunteering the gardens at Stowe.

Corporate volunteering

If you have a workforce of employees and wish to support a charity, Stowe is a great place to choose. We have a dedicated programme of activities for groups to participate in, whilst helping our gardening team achieve projects with mass help. What will take our team of four gardeners months to complete, will in comparison take one day for a group of 20 or more volunteers to achieve.

Corporate volunteering also brings benefits to your company from developing social responsibility within the community to providing activities that give employee welfare, development and team building opportunities. We do not charge for this and ask only for you to cover travel expenses and the cost of additional equipment tools via a donation.

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Internships

If you're looking for career development or would like to work on a single project, an internship could be just the thing. Opportunities are available up to 6 months, 3 days a week so you can get involved whilst still working part time.

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Work Experience

At Stowe you'll get involved with every department from the gardens team to visitor welcome during a work experience placement.

Visitors enjoying the Grecian Valley at Stowe Gardens

Supporter groups in Thames Valley 

There are loads of friendly National Trust supporter groups in the Thames Valley. They help support our places like Stowe, Hughenden and Greys Court by volunteering and fundraising. They also get together for fun days out, holidays and lectures.