Volunteer opportunities at Cragside
Whether you have years of experience in your green fingers or you’re a novice wanting to learn new skills, you’re welcome to join the gardening or ranger teams as a volunteer at Cragside. Discover what’s involved and how you can apply to be part of the team.
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.
Ways to volunteer at Cragside
Like the sound of spending your day in a Victorian formal garden, Pinetum or one of Europe’s largest rock gardens? Becoming a gardening volunteer at Cragside just might be for you.
As part of a close-knit, friendly team, you'll be expected to undertake various practical roles to keep the garden looking its best. This might involve the meditative work of weeding, chatting to visitors and helping with grass cutting. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.
'No two days can be the same here in the gardens, from the variation in the seasons and weather to all the different tasks and challenges we face, as you never can quite tell when Mother Nature will send you a curveball.'
– George, Senior Gardener
Countryside and recreation volunteers
Countryside and recreation volunteers work closely with the ranger team and help them to look after the outdoors areas at Cragside. With dramatic scenery as your office, you’ll work in all weathers ensuring the estate is looking tip top for its 250,000 visitors each year.
Jobs could include painting signs, clearing footpaths of invasive species, putting up fencing and maintaining wildflower meadows.
Get in touch about volunteering at Cragside
If you want to take a step back from everyday life to be in the outdoors and experience everything nature has to offer, we'd love to hear from you.
Find out more about volunteering on the National Trust volunteering website and search ‘Cragside’ to find opportunities and apply.
Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.
Our volunteers make our work to look after nature and history for future generations possible. Learn more about the volunteering opportunities available and hear a selection of their stories to find out what it's like to volunteer with us.
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These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.
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