From all various types of jobs, training schemes and apprenticeships to internships and volunteering, find out about all the exciting opportunities we have to offer, and get involved.

Do you know what your ideal job is? From Cottage Caretaker to Organisational Planning Manager, we’ve got something for everyone. Have a look through our vacancies, and if you didn’t know already, you will do soon.

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Training schemes

We are Europe’s largest conservation charity. We manage a goldmine. We are custodians of 59 villages. We have 45 volunteer toad patrollers on the North Yorkshire Moors. And we want to share; we want as many people as possible to know which property Nelson’s future lover danced on the tables in, and the best ways to preserve this house for future generations to enjoy. That’s why we offer so many training opportunities here at the Trust.

NT Academy

  • From the literally breathtaking Peak District valleys to the magical woodlands of Cliveden, we look after one of the most special collections of historic gardens and plants in the world. And special places demand specialist skills, especially if we want to protect and look after them for generations to come. If it’s the great outdoors that excites you, our NT Academy is the perfect way to turn a green-fingered passion into a rewarding career.


    Just left school? Looking for a change of direction? You'll learn on-the-job at one our special outside spaces, and work with experts too. Experts who will happily and enthusiastically pass on their know-how and expertise. Meanwhile, you'll spend time at college, gaining recognised horticultural qualifications. So as you learn, you earn. And you build a great career while helping to care for some of our most precious landscapes and gardens.


    What will I be doing on the NT Academy?


    As a trainee, you'll work at a specially selected garden, area of countryside or coastline. This’ll become your new workplace, your new ‘office'. From day one, you'll enjoy huge amounts of support from your colleagues, helping you to start building up an impressive range of skills. You’ll also work alongside volunteers and people in the local communities to gain a real insight into how our work impacts on these very special places.


    What schemes do you have available as part of the NT Academy?


    We have two training schemes available: National Trust Diploma in Countryside Management (level 2 qualification) and the Heritage Botanical Gardens Bursary Scheme (RHS level 3 qualification). Both routes will include residential elements where you’ll receive the academic input you need to gain your qualification. Then it's back to the gardens to complete your portfolio. It's about putting all that learning into practice. And because it's a healthy mix of theory and hands-on work, you'll find your knowledge and expertise growing in no time at all.


    Current opportunities


    We recruit for Countryside Management Diploma trainees every spring and placements begin on 1st September. To apply for this, please visit this section of the site in Spring 2018 where we will provide further details.


    We also offer a two year placement through the Heritage Botanical Gardens Bursary Scheme. This option includes registration with Capel Manor College to take the RHS Diploma in Horticulture Level 3, with four study blocks at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire.


    You’ll need to be over 17 to apply and hold relevant RHS Level 2 qualifications. For more details and to apply, please visit

Volunteer Management Traineeship Programme

  • Real work and proper training and a recognised qualification at the end? You can gain all three on one Volunteer Management Traineeship. Volunteer Management Traineeships are grant-funded by the Heritage Lotter fund (HLF) Skills for the Future programme.


    As a trainee on the programme, you’ll have a paid job for 18 months. But its more than that you’ll enjoy full training and the opportunity to learn and ILM Level 3 Certificate in Volunteer Management (that’s equivalent to one A- level). It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience. Many trainees on the programme have gone on to build careers in the heritage and charity sector.


    What will I be doing?


    You’ll work with experienced National Trust colleagues at one of our places or spaces. Getting involved in organising, supporting and managing our volunteers. You could find yourself thinking up exciting ways to get more people volunteering, or putting together training sessions for current volunteers, or looking at surveys to see how we can improve the volunteering experience, and that’s the key. You’ll be doing important work and helping us to develop our volunteering offer while gaining vital, practical work experience – experience that can help you to get your career of to a great start.


    How can I find out more?


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The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programmes

  • The Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programmes (HBGTP), managed by English Heritage, aim to provide practical work experience within an historic and/or botanic garden. Trainees have the opportunity to develop their practical skills and increase their horticultural knowledge, and the 2 year programme even provides the means to achieve the RHS Level 3 Diploma.


    All placements are salaried positions, and depending on the scheme chosen, candidates will have the chance to work in the following placement gardens:


    1 year scheme: Audley End; Eaton Hall; Houghton Hall; Oxford Botanic Garden; Osborne House; Trentham; Wrest Park


    2 year scheme: Aberglasney Gardens; Bodnant Gardens; Cliveden; Nymans; Clumber Park; Killerton Gardens; Beth Chatto Gardens; Mount Stewart & Rowallane; Osborne House; Wrest Park


    There are currently no vacancies for this scheme, however do keep checking back for updates.

Horticulture Apprenticeships

  • Love being outside? Ready to explore a career in gardening? Then you might be interested in joining the National Trust as an apprentice gardener. A great opportunity to combine learning, training, and real work experience, you’ll be part of a passionate team and learn everything from cultivation, planting, colour combinations to the science of soil analysis and how to restore neglected parts of gardens.


    Hear from one of our current Apprentices.


    Our current opportunities are available at the following locations:




    When you step across the pure waters of the River Test, you enter a haven of beauty, warmth and tranquillity. Colour, fragrance, light, shade and texture surround you, from dappled shade to mossy stone, from warm red brick to silken rose petals. Emerald green lawns and mighty plane trees embrace a landscape that has nourished people for more than a thousand years.


    The gardens and grounds are both formal and informal making an ideal property for learning and mastering a broad range of horticultural skills working alongside a team of 8 highly skilled gardeners.


    Calke Abbey


    Grade I listed parkland, in Ticknall, Derbyshire. The Walled Gardens contain a formal Victorian Flower Garden, which contains the country’s oldest Auricula theatre; the Physic garden which grows fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers; and a Dahlia walk.  Outside the walls are extensive Pleasure Grounds with a Grotto, planted with trees, shrubs and bulbs. There are a range of glasshouses dating from the 18th Century Orangery onwards, with protected growing spaces for propagation. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a qualification packed with knowledge and practical experience, working under experienced gardeners of an historic garden.




    Mottistone Gardens is set in a sheltered valley and is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and a colourful double herbaceous border.


    Surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house this 20th-century garden is experimenting with a Mediterranean-style planting scheme to take advantage of its southerly location.


    Other surprises include a young olive grove, a small organic kitchen garden and a traditional tea garden.


    Dunham Massey 


    Dunham Massey is a large working estate with a hall, park and gardens at the centre.  The garden is based on an 18th Century layout with significant modern additions, such as a rose garden and a large woodland winter garden.  Stunning herbaceous borders, a formal parterre, vegetable gardens, an orangery and a plant nursery make Dunham Massey an excellent place to gain the skills and experience needed for a career in horticulture.




    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the garden team here at Chartwell.  The Chartwell team work within the Chartwell Portfolio which also cares for Emmetts Garden, North Kent Countryside and Quebec House and whilst you will be based at Chartwell however from time to time there will be great opportunities to work on shared work days within the Garden and Countryside team across the portfolio to support your development.


    Chartwell is a truly wonderful site with international importance as it was the family home for the Churchill family.  As a result the gardens are a creation between Winston and Clementine Churchill , visitors today can enjoy many aspects including a walk through Lady Clementine’s Rose Garden and the magnificent views across Winston’s ingenious water features.


    Belton House


    Belton House, Lincolnshire, is a country estate with formal Italian and Dutch gardens, and historic deer park. Belton was designed to impress and the gardens reflect the formality of the late 17th century, in keeping with the period of the mansion. 


    Belton’s gardens have something for everyone. The Orangery is home to a collection of lush foliage and exotic blooms, while the maze is great fun for families. If you’re looking for formality, head to the Dutch and Italian gardens. Or if you’d prefer a quieter spot, take a stroll through the Pleasure Grounds, and head for the Lakeside walks. 


    This is an excellent opportunity to gain a qualification packed with knowledge and practical experience working under experienced gardeners of an historic garden.


    Completing a gardening apprenticeship means you’re exposed to what it means to be a gardener from day one. Interested in finding out more? Click the link below to learn more about our current vacancies.


    Be an Apprentice

General volunteering

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

Local initiatives

We’re always looking at new ways to get local people involved in our places. Get in touch with a property near to you and find out what's on offer.