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Volunteer opportunities at Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows

A volunteer helping a child to make bird-feeding trays during a campsite open day at Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows, Cambridgeshire.
A volunteer helps a child at Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows | © National Trust Images/Mike Selby

Do you have some spare time to help visitors make the most of their trip to Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows? Find out about the volunteer roles available, what’s involved and how to apply to join our team.

Ways to volunteer at Houghton Mill

Milling volunteer

Milling volunteers bring the milling process to life for visitors and don’t mind getting their hands a little floury. With some training you could also learn to operate the machinery and keep the historic mill working.

Volunteer tour guide

Volunteer tour guides share their passion for history and communicate the long and exciting story of Houghton Mill to a wide range of visitors on guided tours.

Flour sales and visitor welcome volunteer

Join a team of multitasking superstars in the mill to provide a warm welcome, sell our traditional stoneground flour and help visitors have an enjoyable day out.

Volunteer groundsperson

Help us with our outdoor conservation tasks such as maintaining paths, fences and shrubs, creating wildflower beds and keeping the visitor areas well presented and tidy.

A volunteer filling bags of flour at Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire
A volunteer filling bags of flour at Houghton Mil | © National Trust Images/Mike Selby

Campsite visitor welcome volunteer

Throughout the camping season (March to October) guests from all over the country join us in tents, motorhomes, caravans and pods. Campsite visitor welcome volunteers help us to greet guests and make sure they have the best possible stay with us.

Volunteer campsite wardens

If you love camping, volunteering and discovering new places, why not join us as part of a holiday for two weeks or more? As a volunteer campsite warden, you could be an individual or couple who would stay on-site overnight to welcome late arrivals. Or, if you fancy getting more involved, you could help our team with the day-to-day running of the campsite.

We provide a full induction and training (requires a minimum of two nights and a full day). You’d have a private pitch with electric hook-up for your own caravan, motorhome, camper or tent, or have the use of one of our camping pods (during off-peak times and subject to availability).

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Get in touch about volunteering at Houghton Mill

To find out more about volunteering at Houghton Mill, contact or call 01480 301494. Alternatively, you can search for ‘Houghton Mill’ on the National Trust volunteering website below to find opportunities and to apply.

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

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