Join in at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor volunteers

From helping as a volunteer or enjoying a working holiday on the property to becoming a full time member of staff or taking part in our internship programme, we've lots of roles to offer. Join us and help to provide a wide range of fun events, food festivals, guided walks, talks and exhibitions for our visitors.

Get stuck in

We have volunteer opportunities in many of our departments including the House, Gardens, Aviary, Education, Fundraising and Retail. If you are considering giving some of your time and volunteering, whether you have a few hours a week or a month, we'd love to hear from you.

 
It's easy to get the process started, you can email us or telephone 01296 653394.

We look forward to welcoming you to Waddesdon Manor.

Work with us

Our job opportunities vary; from conservation work to gardening and catering, and we offer both permanent and temporary roles.

See our current permanent vacancies

Current volunteer vacancies

House hosts welcome and engage with our visitors
Become a volunteer house host at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
House hosts welcome and engage with our visitors

Volunteer Weekend House Host
If you have spare time on the weekend, or wish to enhance your work experience with something different, then join us in welcoming visitors and ensuring they enjoy the House and Collection. The role requires approachability, excellent timekeeping, dedicatio to offering a great visitor experience through friendly and well-informed communication and good teamwork. Full training and materials will be provided.

Days required: Saturday or Sunday, ideally weekly or fortnightly

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Volunteer Conservation Raffle Ticket Seller
Providing visitors with a positive and enjoyable experience is of great importance for us and selling National Trust raffle tickets is a valuable form of additional property income for Waddesdon Manor. We are looking for welcoming and outgoing volunteers to approach as many visitors as possible in a courteous and friendly way to sell raffle tickets to raise money for the National Trust and Waddesdon. All the money you raise will be matched pound for pound by money from the National Trust headquarters.

You will be a vital part of the visitor experience at Waddesdon and perform an important role conversing with visitors about their day and answering questions about the catering and retail facilities as well as future and current events, the location of the toilets and cloakroom and many other interesting questions about the House and Grounds.

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Education assistant
Education assistants help with running our education programmes for children. They also help prepare and participate in our family events held throughout the year.

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Aviary volunteer
Aviary volunteers contribute to the care of endangered bird species through feeding, cleaning, habitat maintenance and project work. An interest in wildlife, reliability and a willingness to engage with conservation aims through varied tasks will be assets in this role.

Days required: Fridays, Sundays or Tuesdays 8am-12pm

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Statue cleaning volunteer
Help in the conservation of Waddesdon's outdoor collection: this outdoor role will involve using National Trust conservation and cleaning techniques to help prepare and care of Waddesdon's statues during its open season, as well as responding to visitor interest in day-to-day conservation activities.

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Retail volunteer, gift shop & wine shop
Our retail volunteers use their excellent customer service skills to ensure our visitors get the most out of their shopping experience. You will also assist with stock management and general housekeeping duties in order to keep shops immaculate.

Days required: Thursday 12pm-4.30pm

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Image Library volunteer
Our Image Library contains thousands of images relating to Waddesdon and its Collection. We are looking for a volunteer who can help support the library researching the photographic collection. With excellent IT skills and an enthusiasm for research, you would be at home in an office based role.

Days required: one day a week Wed-Fri

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How to apply

To apply for any of our volunteer roles, please fill out our Volunteer Registration Form (PDF) or Volunteer Registration Form (Word) and send to Helen Franklin, Volunteering Manager or email Helen.Franklin@waddesdon.org.uk who will then get in touch with you.

We look forward to welcoming you to Waddesdon.

National Trust working holidays

Try something different and enjoy a working holiday
Gardeners on the parterre at Waddesodon, Buckinghamshire
Try something different and enjoy a working holiday
Try a holiday with a difference. Working holidays are every year and a great way to help with our conservation work. If you'd like to receive a copy of our brochure, please call 0844 800 3099.