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Volunteer opportunities at Orford Ness

A volunteer talks with visitors on the Bomb Ballistics building at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, Suffolk
A volunteer and visitors on the Bomb Ballistics building at Orford Ness | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

We couldn’t run Orford Ness without our dedicated and knowledgeable team of volunteers, who carry out a variety of tasks to make sure that visitors have a great day out. Find out about the kinds of roles available and how you can apply to join the team.

Ways to volunteer at Orford Ness

From meeting and greeting visitors to helping behind the scenes, there are plenty of opportunities for you to play a vital role in preserving Orford Ness for everyone, for ever.

We’re always particularly keen to hear from people with experience in education or tour guiding. But we’d also love to hear from you if you simply have an interest in wildlife or military history and want to help out at this special place.

Volunteering roles include:

  • Visitor welcome volunteer
  • Volunteer tour guide
  • Volunteer ranger
  • Bookshop volunteer
  • Marketing and events volunteer
  • Maintenance 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 Orford Ness

To discuss volunteering opportunities at Orford Ness, please call us on 01394 450900 or email

Alternatively, you can find out more about volunteering on the National Trust volunteering website and search ‘Orford Ness’ to find opportunities and to apply.

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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