Volunteer

Making new friends, working in amazing places and knowing that you're helping a great cause - three fabulous reasons to get volunteering

Volunteers in the current situation

Volunteers have always been at the heart of the work of the National Trust in caring for nature, beauty and history and we are really grateful for your interest in volunteering with us. The impact of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) on the National Trust resulted in the closure of our places, and now our attention is turning to re-opening safely for staff, volunteers and visitors. 

When we're ready to involve new volunteers, we'll promote volunteering opportunities here on our website. Hopefully we'll have a volunteering role that will be just right for you. 

Read our reopening and coronavirus FAQs Keep up to date
Conservation volunteers cleaning ceramics at Dudmaston

How volunteers help us care for our collections 

With over one million collection items to look after at over 200 historic places, we have our work cut out. We wouldn’t be able to do it without our dedicated volunteers. We're highlighting our conservation volunteers and sharing their stories, favourite objects and conservation tips.

Wildflower meadow at Bradenham

Summer gardening tips: from our garden to yours 

To help us celebrate National Meadows Day on 4 July, our gardening experts are sharing their tips on how to create a meadow environment in your garden. Learn how to create a wildlife-rich grassland habitat by making a few simple changes.

" Volunteers founded the National Trust and they continue to be a vital part of our organisation. I want to express a heartfelt thank you to all of our volunteers for their support during the closure of our places and I look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible."
- Tiger de Souza, National Trust Volunteering and Inclusion Director
Volunteer working in the flower border at Godolphin, Cornwall

Meet more volunteers 

Get to know the volunteers that give up their time to care for our places in this round-up of our volunteer articles and profiles.

Ways volunteers help
Visitors and volunteer gardener at Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire

Volunteering FAQs 

Want to get involved? To help you find the right volunteering opportunity, we've answered many of our most frequently asked questions from our would-be volunteers here.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to over 65,000 volunteers, who in 2018/19 gave more than 4.8 million hours of their time to support the National Trust in more than 500 roles.