Volunteer

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

Garden volunteers helping to clear Giant Rhubarb (Gunnera manicata) at Scotney Castle, Kent

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. At the moment, our staff and volunteer teams are working hard to safely reopen more of our places. While we focus on reopening, many of our places won’t be able to support new volunteers joining the team just yet.  

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.

" In many ways this year has been a challenging one for us all, but I am so grateful to our volunteers for their ongoing support and patience. As more of our places have reopened it’s been wonderful to hear how volunteers have played an important part in warmly welcoming visitors back to our sites."
- Tiger de Souza, National Trust Volunteering and Inclusion Director
Caroline is a volunteer room steward at Chartwell, Kent

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
Volunteer collecting fallen apples in the orchards at Killerton, Devon

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.

Volunteer staff member

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.