Volunteer opportunities at the Mournes
Each year volunteer rangers join us in caring for the Mournes. Find out how you can volunteer and help others to enjoy their visit by helping to look after this nationally important place including Northern Ireland’s highest peak.
Volunteer with us in the Mournes
As part of our Slieve Donard path project and our work tackling damage from the Mournes fires, we're looking for a fantastic team of volunteers who are as passionate about the mountains as we are.
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.
Make new friends
Volunteering is a way to make new friends by working together knowing that you're helping a great cause. National Trust staff will support you in your role and often work alongside you as part of a wider team. There’s always time for chats during your day with other like-minded people.
As a mountain ranger volunteer, you'll be working on Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest peak, and Slieve Commedagh.
Both of these mountains support complex mosaics of habitats including flushes, wet heaths, and mires. Your role will be to help protect this spectacular environment.
We welcome over 100,000 visitors annually to the Mournes, so footpaths need year-round work to limit erosion and the impact on the local environment. Your work will ensure the paths are well maintained for all visitors.
A variety of tasks
Tasks involve helping with the repair of the path on Slieve Donard. Re-landscaping some of the areas around the upland paths to ensure protection of the surrounding environment will also be part of the role.
A great team
You’ll be working alongside National Trust rangers and contractors who’ll support you at every step. Several of the Mournes rangers previously volunteered, so they know exactly how it feels to support a great cause. Don’t forget there’s always time for a warming cuppa with your new team-mates.
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.
Our supporter groups are a great way of getting involved with your local place. Find out more about how you can join in.
These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.
Slieve Donard is steeped in history with settlements dating back to 5,500 BC. Named after a hermit who lived on the summit, discover the history of Northern Ireland’s tallest mountain.
We’re carrying out conservation work at the Mournes Mountains in Northern Ireland to help the area recover from damage caused by wild fires and adapt to the effects of climate change. Find out how measures such as conservation grazing, wildlife surveys and new technology are protecting fragile habitats and supporting nature.
Find out how the paths at Slieve Donard are being repaired in the Mourne mountains and discover how the work is funded and how you can help.