Volunteer opportunities at Dunster Castle
Volunteers are vital part of everything the National Trust does. If you've ever fancied getting stuck in, being part of a team, learning something new or just helping out, now's a great time. Find out more about volunteering at Dunster Castle and Watermill and how to apply.
Ways to volunteer at Dunster Castle and Watermill
Dunster Castle and Watermill relies on the kind people who offer their time in any way they can to help look after this historic castle and its 1000 years of history. From bringing the stories to life for visitors to helping keep the subtropical gardens looking neat and tidy, there’s a lot to get involved in as a volunteer.
Here’s a sample of the various roles volunteers are currently enjoying:
- Keeping industry going as a mill assistant at the watermill
- Delivering excellent customer service and tasty local treats in the Watermill Tea-room
- Creating a helpful and welcoming environment as a bookshop or shop assistant
- Helping those with mobility constraints to access the estate as a buggy driver
- Providing a warm and friendly arrival for all visitors as a welcome volunteer
- Supporting our work and caring for both flora and fauna with the garden team
- Sharing stories of Dunster’s history and collections as a room guide
If any of the above sounds like you, please get in touch and share your skills.
‘What I love about volunteering at Dunster is that all through my working life I've never felt so appreciated as I do here.’
- Kate, house volunteer
We currently need support with driving our buggy access vehicle. By supporting with this role you will be providing access to the estate for those who would otherwise find the castle difficult to access.
You will work with colleagues across the estate to pick up and drop off visitors and volunteers, collect and deliver internal post, and provide orientation to visitors whilst the buggy is not in use.
We are particularly looking for support over the weekends. If this role is of interest to you or if you know someone who fits the bill, please get in touch.
'I love driving past and thinking of all the work I've done, all the objects I've helped clean and thinking 'yeah, that's my place'.'
- Jane, house volunteer
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 at Dunster Castle and Watermill
Interested in learning more about volunteering at Dunster? Pop in and speak to a member of the team or email DunsterVolunteering@nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more.
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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