Projects and Programmes

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We’re bigger than you think, more ambitious than you can imagine and with more variety than you might realise. Every day our project and programme teams are working to conserve our historic houses and gardens, restore our landscapes, and open up access to the places we love for everyone, for ever.

Currently, there are over 250 roles within our growing professional community and our work is critical to the delivery of c. £250m of project investment every year towards our charitable purpose and for public benefit.
Together, we’re creating new opportunities for people and nature to thrive, with wetlands and fenlands, dunescapes and riverscapes, green corridors, urban greenspace, events, exhibitions and experiences… and our ambitions don’t stop there.

We’re leading the delivery of new and improved cafés, car parks, cottages, retail facilities, renewable energy solutions, booking systems and membership platforms.

We’re serious about what it means to represent Europe’s largest conservation charity. So we make it our business to deliver with an approach that stands up to scrutiny from our stakeholders, and wins the confidence of our partners by taking a professional grip right from the start. We strive to ‘make it happen’ on time and on cost to standards of which we are proud.

In turn, we look for highly competent people to join us who have a passion for the project and programme profession. For apprentices and early career professionals, that means we look for a drive for delivery and a desire to forge a path in the profession.

For experienced hires, we look for qualified project professionals, with clear communication skills, who can demonstrate that they’ve led projects through the full lifecycle with excellent results and positive legacies.
If this sounds like you, no matter your background, we’d welcome your application to join the team.

In return, you’ll find a thriving and welcoming community that values diversity and inclusivity. We focus on putting people at the heart of project management, and our Centre of Excellence supports a culture of continuous professional development, creating the space for high performing teams across the organisation.


Project and Programme Management at the National Trust

Projects and Programmes are central to how the National Trust delivers its strategic ambition, For Everyone, For Ever. The roles are varied and provide opportunities to work with a range of people on some of England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s most historic places and landscapes. No two days are ever the same. In this short video, hear from a few members of the project management profession and find out what they love about their role.

Typical roles

Project Co-ordinator

You’ll play a vital role in supporting the Project Manager, Project Board and Project team, to ensure things run smoothly and ambitions are achieved. You’ll co-ordinate the provision of appropriate resources to meet the needs of the project and may be working on aspects of project finances, communications, controls and reporting. 

Project Officer

In this role, you‘ll be responsible for the planning, coordination, delivery and reporting of smaller projects or leading particular work streams of larger projects or programmes. You’ll apply elements of the Project Management Framework as needed to provide an effective project management service.

Project Manager

Bringing your experience of managing a variety of previous projects from start to finish, you’ll be responsible for leading large-scale projects and delivering “success by design”, in accordance with our Project Management Framework. As a qualified Project Management professional, you’ll also be encouraged to provide support for the development of those less experienced through mentoring, guidance and advice. 

Senior Project Manager

As you lead the delivery of our largest and most complex projects, you’ll bring your wealth of experience and know-how as a master of the trade. Ideally, as a Chartered Project Professional, you’ll provide project management expertise and leadership that helps to develop the profession and provide mentoring for Project Managers of smaller projects. 

Senior Programme Manager

This role is all about establishing and building high performing delivery teams to realise our strategic objectives through projects and programmes. You’ll look for opportunities for more effective and efficient ways of “making it happen”. As a peer of our Senior Project Managers and ideally as a Chartered Project Professional, you’ll provide programme management expertise and leadership that helps to develop the profession, as well as mentoring for Programme Managers to oversee smaller projects.

Project and Programme Management people

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Project Support Coordinator

    Projects are all about changing things for the better and I really enjoy playing my part in helping to make this happen. The sense of achievement makes all the planning and groundwork that goes into project delivery so worthwhile. I’m lucky to be able to work with a huge range of highly skilled experts and I’m pretty much guaranteed to learn something new every day.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Project Manager

    As a Project Manager, I’m excited by the breadth and depth of the National Trust's work. My favourite thing about my role is providing project management expertise to projects such as Climate Adaptation, that will have a long-lasting impact on the UK as a whole.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Senior Project Manager

    No two days are the same, and I have the privilege to work across a variety of projects from infrastructure to built heritage, community outreach to landscape scale nature conservation. I’m working in an environment that supports continuous growth and professional development and where I feel valued, challenged and inspired in my work. The National Trust is a great place to be a project professional.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Senior Programme Manager

    Every day I get to work with brilliant people, helping to make brilliant things happen that have a real, lasting impact for people and places. The Trust has a wealth of experience and expertise that we’re able to channel through an exciting variety of projects and programmes. Add to that the opportunity to work with a whole range of organisations, people and communities, and you have a truly fantastic role that can deliver positive change and meaningful public benefit.

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