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.

Please remember we're here to help. If you'd like to know more about working with us, or you'd like information about a specific job, feel free to call us on 0370 240 0274.

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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 2019 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

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.


    There are no opportunities currently available. Please check back for future vacancies.

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.