Second hand bookshop volunteer

National Trust protects and cares for places so people and nature can thrive. We look after hundreds of houses and close to a million objects, along with vast areas of coastline, countryside and green spaces, for everyone’s benefit. With our staff, members, volunteers and supporters, we’re the biggest conservation charity in Europe. Everyone can get involved, everyone can make a difference.

Our 2nd hand bookshop volunteers manage the visitor experience within Mottistone Manor during our season which runs from March to November.

Far more than just selling books, this role is about welcoming visitors, caring for the manor and sharing the story of this special place (you do not need to be an expert, all information is provided).

We need help to source and collect, sort and display, and to identify books of special interest or value.


You will need to be able to provide a warm welcome, and to make visitors comfortable as they browse our bookshop. Storytellers or those with a passion for talking are most welcome!

You may be working alone or as part of a team, so people skills and initiative are essential.

You must understand the care that is necessary, and be able to help us share and inspire through the important work that we are doing to look after all of our special places on the Isle of Wight and beyond.


  • Diversity and equal opportunities policy
    The contribution of volunteers is vital to the success of the Trust and we recognise and support the diverse nature of this part of our workforce.
  • Accessibility
    Blue badge spaces are available in the car park and located close to the exit to the gardens. A drop off facility is also available at the front gate. If the blue badge holder is the driver, please contact us ahead of your visit and we can advise you on parking. From the car park there is a short (100 yards) walk to Visitor Reception which includes a few steps and a gravel path. The grounds of Mottistone Gardens are partly accessible with a mixture of gravel and grass paths. There are some steep slopes and steps throughout the gardens. Accessible toilet within the gardens. Full access statement is available on our website.
  • Age restrictions
    18 and over
  • Child Protection
  • Complaints Policy
    Welcome Manager is first point of call.
  • Confidentially Policy
    Available to all staff/ volunteers
  • DBS check required
  • Ex Offenders
    National Trust is for everyone, forever.
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Mileage can be claimed by all active volunteers
  • Health and Safety Policy
    Available to all staff/ volunteers, including covid measures
  • Ongoing support
    Onsite management/ support always available.
  • Suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Suitable for Supported Volunteering
  • Suitable for Under 16's
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
    Available to all volunteers
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 11/04/2022

End Date: 30/10/2024

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Availability Details

Our current shifts are 11-2pm or 2pm-5pm (roughly). There is some flexibility with this and volunteers do not need to commit to every week (although that may be preferable when possible).


Mottistone Gardens
Nr Brighstone
Isle of Wight
PO30 4ED

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