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Volunteering in North Devon

A volunteer and ranger at Leigh Woods, Bristol
A volunteer and a ranger working in woodland | © National Trust Images / Nicole Daw

With over 8,000 acres of land, 50 miles of coastline and 101 miles of footpath to look after, volunteers in North Devon play a huge part in our conservation work. Discover how you can get outdoors and make a lasting contribution by volunteering with us.

What volunteers do

The diverse landscape in North Devon includes woods, beaches, farmland, meadows, moorland and important archaeological sites. Volunteers play a vital role in helping us to protect and preserve them for everyone, for ever.

If you want to get outdoors and get active, volunteering with the National Trust is an exciting and sociable way to try new things and develop skills while lending a hand to a great cause.

What volunteering roles are available?

From gardeners at Arlington Court to wildlife monitors in Hartland, there are lots of ways for you to get involved.

Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and everyone’s skills and experience are useful. Volunteers help to manage pathways, pick up litter, cut back gorse and make the places we care for more accessible for people with disabilities.

Work programmes are available with something to suit all abilities. These include stone walling, conducting wildlife surveys, working with farm livestock and looking after coastal footpaths.

Where volunteering can lead

Some of the volunteers we work with have gone on to become rangers, putting the skills and knowledge they have developed in conservation to good use every day.

‘I don’t think of being a ranger as a job. It’s like a hobby. And I love every day of it.’

– Finley Binns, Ranger

Gaining experience as a volunteer can also lead to some great seasonal opportunities, including being a National Trust beach ranger in the summer season.

Volunteers pick litter on a beach clean in Woolacombe, Devon in
Volunteers on a beach clean in Woolacombe, Devon in | © National Trust Images/Mel Peters

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 in North Devon

We are always open to talking about a role that might be right for you. Find out more by emailing or by searching for current opportunities on the link below.

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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