National Trust, River Wey Navigation

Learning & Events Assistant

Learning and Events volunteering

Do you remember how exciting it was as a child to go on a school trip or family outing? Well you can be a part of creating these special memories and inspire young learners during their visit to Dapdune Wharf. By offering as much or as little time as you want you can help to develop young minds by facilitating school tours and workshops and having lots of fun within our varied events programme.

 What’s in it for you?

You will:

  • Be part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Have fun and make new friends
  • Work at a level and pace that is comfortable for you
  • Have the opportunity to use your creativity and imagination
  • Meet new people on a regular basis
  • Use and improve your great communication skills
  • Gain valuable work experience for your CV if you are just starting your working career.
  • Get great personal satisfaction, since you have the opportunity to make a real difference to our visitors’ experience

 What’s involved? 

  • Leading or assisting with activity sessions for small groups of children (max 20) as indicated by the Learning Officer
  • Bring the site to life by running informative group tours of the site incorporating Reliance, the Wey barge. Great for those with a passion for local history
  • Help school children to play detective and guess the uses of the historical objects in our artefact collection
  • Facilitate simple and straightforward experiments measuring the speed of the River Wey
  • Help groups to explore and discover the wildlife living on the Wharf and in the river
  • Get involved in our numerous family events, encouraging children to have fun in creative ways
  • Help young visitors to discover more by telling stories and anecdotes relevant to the property, its theme and history
  • Set up equipment or materials ready for each educational workshop.
  • Adapt tours as necessary to meet the needs of different audiences, considering any access and inclusion requirements
  • Be a friendly face for all visitors attending an event, answering any questions and encouraging them to get involved
  • Help with the setting up and running of themed activities, crafts and trails


  • Become familiar with and then follow the National Trust’s Health and Safety Policy at all times and be aware of emergency procedures

This role will suit people who… love working with children and have an enthusiastic and friendly nature with a talent for communicating and being creative. Perhaps you enjoy meeting people and being part of a small team or you want to gain valuable experience for a career in this sector. Whatever your motivation we can work to suit you.


Extra information


Your place


Dapdune Wharf

Anticipated time commitment

As much or as little time as you like (March – October)


Volunteer Managers

Seasonal Learning Officer

Seasonal Learning Assistant

What you need to wear/ bring

Name badge and t-shirt will be provided.


Full training and induction given


Out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering place will be paid


About the National Trust

As Europe’s largest conservation charity, we help everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland enjoy all sorts of very special places for ever, for everyone. 

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract

If you are interested please click on the 'application form' tab