Volunteer opportunities at Flatford
The team of volunteers at Flatford is full of inspiring people from all walks of life. Would you like to join them in helping us look after this beautiful place that Constable loved to paint? Find out what's involved in volunteering here, and how to apply to join the team.
Ways to volunteer at Flatford
Are you someone who enjoys variety, has a friendly nature and likes helping others? Whether you want to put years of skills and experience towards our cause or just want to try something brand new, there's a role here to suit you.
Volunteer stewards and tour guides
Stewards and tour guides help visitors to experience the iconic views that inspired John Constable's landscapes.
Meet and greet volunteer
Meet and greet volunteers help make sure that visitors have a special day by offering a warm welcome to Flatford.
Volunteer tea-room host
Flatford’s tea-room hosts will welcome visitors with a friendly smile and help things run smoothly.
Volunteer car park steward
Car park stewards work with volunteers and staff to coordinate parking on peak days, such as weekends and bank holidays. Stewards answer visitors’ questions and point them in the direction of the Welcome Hut. This role suits people who like being on their feet, working outside and talking to lots of people.
Volunteer gardeners work to maintain and develop the garden at Flatford as traditionally as possible to respect its heritage. We currently have four teams of gardeners, working on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
‘Volunteering at Flatford has given me fun, fresh air, fitness and friendship.'
– Christine, volunteer gardener at Flatford
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 Flatford
Find out more about volunteering on the National Trust volunteering website and search ‘Flatford’ to find opportunities and to apply.
Even if there aren’t any positions available now, do register your interest and we’ll get in touch when a suitable role comes up.
Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.
Each year, volunteers join us in helping bring to life the places in our care. There are plenty of roles that are rewarding. Find out more about the wide variety of roles on offer and how you can start volunteering.
Our supporter groups are a great way of getting involved with your local place. Find out more about how you can join in.
Learn about the work we do all year round at Flatford and the Dedham Vale, from ensuring traditional farming methods continue, to growing fresh produce in the kitchen garden.
Flatford is home to a number of unique buildings which all have individual histories. Read on to discover more about the history of this special place.
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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