Volunteer Roles


Learning Volunteer

Educational activities volunteering is available on weekdays, weekends, school holidays and for workshops for visiting schools. Activities will be Swiss Garden based or in The Collection, and there is a range of opportunities from booking in schools to creating craft activities.

To talk to us about getting involved please download details.

The Collection

Currently no opportunities to work with aircraft on event days.

We have a valued team of volunteers supporting The Collection throughout the week and at airshows, where without this support we couldn’t fly so many of our aircraft each year. Most engineering/aircraft/vehicle volunteers are members of The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS)

Other volunteering opportunities can be found with the Airfield Volunteer Fire Service (AVFS)

Vintage vehicle volunteers

Want to take part and enjoy vintage vehicles?

We are interested in hearing from you if you can spare one day a week to volunteer to join us in our vehicle workshop, helping to preserve and run the Collection’s historic Veteran, Edwardian and Vintage cars and bikes.

For more information, email volunteering@shuttleworth.org

The Swiss Garden

Fancy doing something different with your free time that will provide plenty of fresh air, some exercise and an opportunity to meet people?

Now that the Swiss Garden is open there are lots of new volunteering opportunities on offer to all age groups at weekends and during the week: including gardeners, and welcome stewards.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of the garden who are able to give a regular commitment. Some of the roles are suitable for students looking to volunteer during the holidays. Previous experience for any of the roles is not essential as training is provided.

By volunteering at the Swiss Garden, you will be helping to ensure that the future of this important historic garden is secure for generations to come.

We have the following volunteer opportunities:

• Gardening
• Learning
• Events & Activities
• Maintenance & Conservation
• Tour Guides
• Researchers

If the idea of volunteering in one of the area’s most beautiful gardens at one of the most exciting times in its history appeals to you please email volunteering@shuttleworth.org

The Friends of Swiss Garden

The Friends of The Swiss Garden play an important part in the life of the garden, and enjoy an excellent range of benefits; joining the Friends will put you at the heart of events at the Swiss Garden.

Become a Friend

The Friends’ main aims are to preserve, improve and promote the Swiss Garden for the education and enjoyment of the public. For more details of benefits and membership rates download the application form and join today.

Committee Members

We are looking for people who love the Swiss Garden to come and join the Friends of the Swiss Garden committee. We are a small and informal group and meet 5 or 6 times a year. The Friends support the garden by raising awareness of it, by volunteering and by raising funds for specific capital projects. Committee members help to run events, raise money, and promote the garden wherever possible.

If you are interested, please contact Victoria Diggle on victoria@diggledesign.com

The House

Do you love meeting new people and sharing fascinating historical facts?

We’re extending the public interest in The Collection and Swiss Garden to The House and Parkland.  If you like people, becoming a volunteer at The House will be an opportunity to find out more about the place yourself, as well as enjoying showing it off.

Time commitment will be variable to suit the individual and our events programme. During 2016 opening the house is linked to Collection events, Park events, monthly Sunday Afternoon Teas and other activities as well as private group bookings.

We seek volunteers to:

  • Stewards for the rooms in The House
  • Tour Guides to conduct tours and talk about the history, family, pictures, furniture and architecture for both special interest and general groups
  • Maintenance Volunteer

If these roles interest you, please download the House Volunteer Role Description. For further information email volunteering@shuttleworth.org.

Event support

We are offering volunteering opportunties for the following events roles during our busy season (May-October):

  • car parkers
  • programme sellers
  • event set-up
  • guides

As the first point of contact for visitors you will be representing Shuttleworth and must have a warm and friendly manner with a can do attitude.

Event support staff are located outdoors and in all weather and will be required to be physically mobile during their shift.

If you would like to become part of Shuttleworth during this exciting year, to find out more, please apply in the first instance to volunteering@shuttleworth.org

Kids’ crafts

Do you enjoy working with children, don’t mind getting a little messy or just want to be part of the Shuttleworth event team?

If you are happy to volunteer (or are interested in gaining work experience in this area!) and you’re not afraid of glue, paint and mess please contact Matthew Studdert-Kennedy for an informal chat.

Email: volunteering@shuttleworth.org