Volunteering opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the roles below, we would love to hear from you.

Please fill out this form to express interest in our volunteering opportunities, and we will be in touch when something suitable becomes available.

Volunteer roles at The Sill

We’re looking for volunteers to welcome the public, support our exhibitions and events, to interpret the grassland roof and surrounding landscape and to lead short walks from The Sill.

At the centre

Volunteering roles at the centre will be many and varied and will include the following areas:

  • Front of house, reception, and welcoming roles;
  • ‘Curator’ roles within the permanent and temporary exhibition spaces;
  • Supporting staff in refreshment and retail areas;
  • Maintaining and interpreting the (Whin Sill grassland) green roof;
  • General grounds and site maintenance roles;

Activity programmes

There are also opportunities for volunteers to get involved in supporting the Sill activity programmes:

  • Supporting our staff and partners delivering the Education Programme (with schools)
  • At the Sill, in-school, in the National Park
  • Supporting our staff and partners delivering the Public Events/Training Programmes
  • Dark skies, crafts, family fun days, outdoor pursuits, etc

Other volunteering opportunities

Please click to read more information on the types of volunteering offered by Northumberland National Park and how you can register your interest for future opportunities.

Young volunteers

If you are under 25 years old and interested in volunteering, work experience, or student placements, please see our young volunteering page for further information or contact us on the details at the base of this page.

Welcome patrols group

Volunteers get out and about across Northumberland National Park engaging with visitors, monitoring the condition of routes and generally acting as the eyes and ears supporting National Park staff. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness and be outgoing and confident to engage with the public.

Guided walks group

Volunteers lead a programme of public walks introducing visitors to the landscape, culture, and the natural and historic environments of the National Park. Volunteers need a good knowledge of the National Park, are expected to commit a certain amount of time, and undertake specific training. Volunteers usually develop into this role.

Heritage at Risk group

Volunteers undertake condition assessments to monitor scheduled monuments within Northumberland National Park and undertake practical conservation projects to protect and maintain monuments. This group is for people interested in history and archaeology.

Natural environment group

Volunteers help to survey different habitats and species and get involved in conservation projects. A good pre-existing level of knowledge is sometimes required for these tasks. If you have strong ecological identification skills we would be interested to hear from you.

Rights of way group

Volunteers complete surveys and monitor the condition of public rights of way and promoted routes. There are also opportunities to get involved in maintenance and improvement projects.

Hadrian's Wall path group

This group undertake similar tasks to the rights of way group. The tasks are targeted on the Hadrian’s Wall Path (National Trail) with the added dimension of working within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The group operate along the entire length of the National Trail, both inside and outside the National Park boundary.

Communications group

This group are involved in raising the profile of the volunteer service through the use of social media and helping to organise the annual volunteer gathering. The group also have a role to play in supporting other volunteers in the use of our volunteer management software and in developing information to assist volunteers to undertake tasks.

Practical tasks

These tasks usually require no previous experience or expertise as training is provided on the day. Tasks range from litter picks and car park tidies through to site maintenance and conservation projects.

Volunteer projects

Periodic projects such as the biennial Kirknewton Festival or the Campaign for National Parks Youth Mosaic project can provide volunteering opportunities for specific project purposes.

Corporate volunteering

We intend to develop specific corporate volunteering and team building packages. These packages will be charged for activities ensuring our full costs are recovered. In the meantime, if you are a corporate group we may be able to develop a package to meet your needs.