Volunteer and Community

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How do you connect communities to causes that matter? Or build partnerships that give back to everyone? How do you reach people who share a passion for nature, beauty and history, and encourage them to make a difference? That’s the challenge our Volunteering & Community roles tackle as they reach out to local communities to understand how we can work together and what we can do better.

Every year our volunteers are helping to create a positive and engaging experience for our visitors and supporters. They’re bringing history to life, getting green-fingered in the garden and leading guided walks across the land. They play a vital part in how we build meaningful relationships with the communities we’re part of and help everyone to value and appreciate the fragility of our environment, and the importance of our history.

That’s what makes our Volunteering & Community roles so important. They’re helping us to reach a wider, more diverse audience. They’re building an inclusive, supportive and flexible volunteering offer. And they’re working proactively with communities so that we can achieve our shared goals.

If you have a passion for connecting people with causes, if you want to enable and empower others to protect and care for nature, beauty and history, then one of these roles may just be right for you.

Typical roles

We have a variety of roles available for experience creators and partnership builders to help us develop more rewarding and impactful opportunities for our volunteers and community partners.

Volunteering & Community Manager

You’ll be part of our properties senior leadership team thinking strategically about all of our volunteer and community work. As well as helping us to reach more diverse audiences, you’ll create a flexible and inclusive environment for volunteers, communities and partners. You’ll look at how we can improve the ways we partner with communities and will ensure that our volunteers feel valued and have a voice.

Volunteering & Community Officer

In this role, you’ll help us land and embed change with our volunteer and community audiences. With your support we’ll widen access, enabling more people to get involved in supporting the work on a property or portfolio of properties. You’ll play an important role in helping us to achieve our ambition to be a more inclusive and diverse organisation.  

Volunteering & Community Assistant

You’ll help make our property or portfolio a great place to volunteer or be involved with. The role will involve supporting our teams to work most effectively with our volunteers, answering individual questions they may have, and promoting good practice. You’ll be involved in the daily smooth running of our volunteer operation, providing administration or event support to our teams.

Volunteer and Community people

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Volunteering and Community Officer

    Plas Newydd just wouldn’t work without our volunteers – their hard work; dedication and love of our property constantly amazes me. I especially love seeing the friendships that have formed from volunteering here, and the increase in self-confidence that this brings to the individuals. This role is closely related to many other departments, so I’ve also been able to get involved with projects completely different to anything I’ve done before which makes coming to work exciting – you never know what the day will bring!

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Community and Participation Consultant

    My role is about supporting people and the National Trust to work with communities, building a more relevant and inclusive organisation for people in the north.

    Every day is different and I love it. I can be supporting teams to work with people to combat climate change locally or walking through bird colonies discussing communities as part of the ecosystems. I’m learning to be the best ally I can be, supporting the development of allyship across the organisation and creating space for diverse voices to be part of how we develop places. I get to meet amazing people from communities across the north both inside and outside of the Trust.

    It's challenging, creative and an opportunity to make a real difference in how we understand who we are, and how that informs our future; for nature and society. The scale of the National Trust means that the opportunity for positive change is great… Let’s just say, it gets me up in the morning.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Volunteering & Community Manager

    Every day is completely different – when you’re onsite and working with people anything can happen! I love having the opportunity to meet and learn from volunteers, and work with others to offer opportunities to access and connect to our places.

  • Volunteer Margaret


    Volunteering and Community Officer

    Everything I do involves and revolves around people and I’m fortunate enough to work with and meet incredible people every day. It’s very rewarding to help people learn new skills and find new passions, while making long lasting relationships at the property. I’m in a position that brings benefits to the local community, which I happen to live in and care deeply about, and it gives me a great sense of pride and responsibility.

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