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Volunteer opportunities at Hardwick

Garden volunteer answering questions in the Hardwick gardens
Garden volunteering helping a visitor | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Volunteers are vital in bringing Hardwick to life, inspiring our visitors and helping them to enjoy their day in an interesting and enjoyable way.

Volunteer at Hardwick

If you are interested in joining our team, now is a great time to start.

The park and gardens are now open all year round, seven days a week; the Hall is open five days a week and ten months of the year. We're looking for fun, flexible and friendly people to join our team.

Ways to volunteer at Hardwick

If you’d like to play an active role in maintaining the house and grounds, or help guide visitors through Hardwick’s rich history, there are many ways you can volunteer. These include working in the garden or being a creative interpreter to helping bring the hall to life, sharing stories with visitors.

Current volunteer opportunities

Garden volunteer
Are you committed to volunteering for the National Trust at Hardwick? Do you want to play your part in the conservation and development of it’s beautiful gardens? Can you deliver exceptional service every time for everyone? Then read on….Find out more
Room Guide Volunteer
If only these walls talk! That's why our volunteer room guides make such a difference. They're passionate about family stories, art and interiors and enjoy making people feel at home.Find out more

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.

Who can volunteer at Hardwick?

Volunteers at Hardwick come from a wide range of backgrounds, with different talents and skills. There is no such thing as a ‘typical volunteer’ and everyone is use and welcome to join us in running can caring for this historic estate.

What our volunteers say

Geoff volunteers in the garden and shares his passion for vegetable growing with visitors. ‘I like the fellowship and fun I get from volunteering at Hardwick. I also enjoy working with Ricky, the Head Chef, to grow herbs and vegetables for him to use in the restaurant.’

Brenda works within a few volunteers’ teams at Hardwick; learning, room guiding and living history. ‘It feels good to be able to share the history and story of Hardwick in various ways. It’s also great to see students enjoying their visit here and sharing their memories with their families when they make a return visit.’

Get in touch about volunteering at Hardwick

To check availability of roles and to find out more about volunteering opportunities at Hardwick email

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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