Volunteer at the Arboretum

The Arboretum has over 250 volunteers who between them give over 4,300 hours a month of their time. All have different backgrounds and skills, and play an invaluable part in running the Arboretum.

The following volunteer opportunities are now available at the Arboretum:

Front of House Volunteer Those joining the Arboretum’s team of enthusiastic and dedicated Front of House Volunteers have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities, including meeting & greeting, reception duties, leading walks and will give presentations. Volunteers also act as guides, steward at special events, assist the press, buggy drive and look after performers on site. This position would suit a team player with, excellent communication skills, who has experience of, or would like to work with our visitors.

Learning Volunteer Learning at the National Memorial Arboretum is changing. With a new learning strategy in place, more children and young people visiting and lots of new resources and activities, we need volunteers to join the dedicated team, helping us to develop and move forward with its plans. This position would suit a team player with excellent communication skills, who enjoys the chance to be out of doors, has a passion for working with children and young people of all ages, a desire to deliver learning in a variety of forms and enjoys exploring and leading others.

In addition, particular skills, expertise or interest in humanities, art & design, drama, citizenship, religious Education, English Literature & English Language or Special Educational Needs would be welcome.

Retail and catering volunteer In addition to the above opportunities we are currently looking for people to help in our retail and catering departments. Retail experience is a bonus, but really we are looking for confident team players to help us.

Working weekends For those of you who enjoy being outside, planting, pruning, doing ground’s maintenance, then we recommend our working weekends. These are the first Saturday of each month and you are most welcome to come along.

In return for their support the Arboretum provides its volunteers with:

  • the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience
  • training and advice from senior volunteers and external bodies
  • uniform and a free parking pass
  • discount on selected items in both the gift shop and restaurant, while travel expenses are reimbursed

Volunteers are also invited to attend special social events and receive a weekly newsletter.

Our volunteers currently range from 16 up to 86 and we can offer opportunities to suit everyone. Many of our young volunteers take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Riley on 01283 245 123 or email kriley@thenma.org.uk