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Volunteering opportunities

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Benefits of Volunteering

The opportunity to meet other like-minded people and gain skills, knowledge and experience in the heritage sector. Join in the social events and attend lectures organised from time to time by the properties and the National Trust for Scotland. Learn about Robert Burns, poetry, culture and art and its place in Scotland’s past and present. Meet people from all over the world. Volunteer card entitling the holder to free entry to NTS properties, and a 20% discount in NTS shops (after 40 hours volunteering).




Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Cottage, Ayrshire & Arran

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is seeking to recruit weekend museum guides for Burns Cottage and Museum. The position requires candidates to volunteer for half a day (morning or afternoon) at weekends. Each shift will deliver 3 tours lasting 30 minutes per tour


The role is to start from November 2010.

Shift details

10.30 to 1.30 And 1.30-4.30 shifts


This is an exciting time to volunteer with the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. A new state of the art building has been constructed which will house the Burns Collection of National Significance. The collection includes many of Burns’ manuscripts, as well as items of his clothing, his family’s possessions and portraits of the Bard. Burns Cottage has also been re-interpreted in an atmospheric and imaginative way with unique visuals and evocative audio recordings.


The purpose of the role is to assist the visitors with understanding the interpretation of the Cottage and the Museum, as well as being able to answer general queries about the Museum and Cottage displays.


Provide guided weekend tours for visitors in either the Cottage or in the Museum.


Successful candidates will:

  • Have an interest in learning.

  • Have a flexible approach to working.

  • Be team-spirited.

  • Be friendly and enjoy working with the public.

  • Be welcoming to all visitors.

  • Behave professionally with staff and visitors.

Experience or a background in working with the public is an advantage, but willingness to join in and have a positive attitude is more important.


Volunteering Policy

The Trust’s volunteer policy outlines its commitment to the volunteer programme. The Trust values volunteer input and recognises volunteers as equal partners in the work of the organisation.

Find out more about volunteering with the National Trust for Scotland


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