From passion to profession, do more of what you love

Published : Wed 23rd Mar

Spring has sprung! And with it comes Easter, hot cross buns and, not forgetting, the annual treasure hunt for chocolate eggs. And that’s not all. A double bank holiday. Which means more time for doing the things you love. Whether that’s getting outside and doing some gardening, climbing a mountain, rockpooling on the beach or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. But what if you could turn your hobby into your dream job? Well you could, at the National Trust.

Bringing conservation to life

Indulge your love of heritage and you’ll get ‘behind-the-scenes’ access to some of our country’s most beautiful places. We provide the training; you just need the passion and enthusiasm to share your interests with others and bring our places and spaces to life. With roles ranging from room guides, costumed interpreters and conservation assistants to storytellers, there are a variety of different opportunities available to match your volunteering skills and interests. Or join us in a professional capacity as a Conservation Information Manager, Historic Environment Director, or Conservator. Whichever way you join us, you’ll help people to explore, experience and understand our work and here, bringing the unique spirit of places and spaces to life.

Let’s get cooking

Passionate about food? Want to work with fresh, grown-on-site seasonal ingredients in amazing locations? Then, look no further. We’re one of the UK’s largest catering businesses – covering everything from hill-top tearooms to rosette-awarded fine dining in converted barns and 61 pubs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – so you couldn’t put your catering career in better hands.

Work in an English (or Italian or Dutch) country garden

From raised beds to rose beds, the gardens require just as much care and attention as the houses themselves. Joining our gardening team, you will have the opportunity to work in some of the country’s most unique and famous outdoor places, on a scale or a project which might not be attainable in your own back garden. You could be involved in planting, pruning and cataloguing seeds or garden design, volunteer management or guiding our gardening teams in all aspects of horticulture and plantsmanship.

Get your daily breath of fresh air

Our wide variety of coast and countryside roles enable you to get outdoors and play a vital role in managing these environments for everyone to enjoy. You could volunteer and get involved in tasks like dry stone walling, woodland work, maintaining fencing and pathways or counting butterflies on one of our bio-surveys. And if you’re an expert in your field we have lots of specialist roles available too, from Coastal Advisors and Countryside Guides to Canoeing Development Managers. So if you adore the outside, there’s no better place to turn your passion into a profession.  

Working at the National Trust is not just a job; it could be a career and an opportunity to develop, or it could be a chance to do whatever it is that you love. Whether that’s working with textiles, in the garden or sharing the stories we have to tell.

For more information on working with the National Trust and our full range of vacancies and volunteering opportunities, please visit