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Volunteering opportunities at Cotehele

A volunteer room guide talks to a group of school children dressed in Tudor clothes inside the Great Hall at Cotehele, Cornwall
Volunteer room guide giving a talk in Cotehele's Great Hall | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Cotehele relies on a team of more than 260 dedicated volunteers. They work across the whole estate, from the house, shop and gallery to the garden, mill and quay. Volunteering at Cotehele is not only a rewarding experience that allows you to work at the heart of this historic site, but it’s also a chance to learn new skills and meet new people. Find out more about getting involved.

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.

Volunteering at Cotehele

Volunteers make a real difference by being part of vital conservation work and helping to look after Cotehele for future generations. There are a variety of volunteering roles across the house, garden and estate, so there’s something to suit everyone, whatever your experience, age or availability.

While reception volunteers help create a friendly welcome for visitors, our house experience volunteers and mill assistants share the stories of Cotehele’s history and its collections. Outside, members of the ranger team help take care of the local nature and wildlife.

Volunteers and staff making the pittosporum base of the Christmas flower garland at Cotehele, Cornwall
Making a flower garland at Cotehele | © National Trust Images / Mel Peters

How to become a volunteer

The team at Cotehele are currently looking for help in the following roles:

  • House Experience volunteers (Various)
  • Visitor Experience volunteers (Various)
  • Food & Beverage volunteers (Various)

Different volunteer roles come up throughout the year. To find the latest roles either search available volunteer opportunities at Cotehele on the National Trust volunteer website or email the team on

We look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming you to the team.

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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