Volunteering opportunities at COAM

Volunteering at Chiltern Open Air Museum

By becoming a volunteer at Chiltern Open Air Museum you provide invaluable support that ensures we can open to visitors and continue with the amazing work we do. Our outdoor spaces, friendly team and 2,000 years of Chilterns history make this a really special place for you to get involved.

We have a number of exciting opportunities available, with flexible hours to suit you. Whether you are looking to volunteer to support a cause you believe in, to fill your spare time, to improve your overall well-being or enhance your CV, Chiltern Open Air Museum offers volunteering experiences for everyone.

We offer a wide variety of opportunities all year round. However at present, we are especially looking for volunteers in the areas listed below:

Buggy Driver Volunteer  You’ll help us to provide an on-site shuttle service for our less mobile visitors.

Café Support Volunteer You’ll provide our Catering Team with much needed support in our wonderful café.

Visitor Welcome Volunteer Be the face of the Museum providing a warm welcome and helping visitors to get the most out of their visit.

Estate Volunteer Volunteer with our Estate Team assisting with the maintenance and upkeep of our site and working farm.

Garden Volunteer Join our wonderful Gardening Team researching, maintaining and tending to and providing historical context on our beautiful gardens on site.

Volunteer Feeder Be a part of our Farm Team caring for some of our rare breed livestock.

Farm Artefacts Interested in farm machinery? Support our Farm Team to care for, maintain and repair our traditional and modern machinery.

Event Support Volunteer Be a part of our exciting special events programme.

Make & Create Volunteer Support our Events Team while utilising your creative and artistic skills.

Costumed Interpreter Volunteer Bring to life our interpretation vision and enable visitors to connect more deeply with the history of our buildings.

Visitor Experience Volunteer Be an integral part of our visitor experience – no day will be the same.

Workshop Support Volunteer Join our Education Team and be a part of our award winning Learning Programme.


How old do I have to be to volunteer at COAM? 

Those aged 18 and over are welcome. People aged 16–18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during their volunteering and not left alone at any time. 

Do you cover expenses?

Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse travel and other expenses

None of the opportunities you are recruiting for interest me, but I still want to volunteer with you. What can I do?

Not a problem! There are plenty of other opportunities for you to get involved. Please return a completed Volunteer Enquiry Form to our Volunteer Coordinator. 

Find out more

To express an interest and find out more about volunteering with us, please return a completed Volunteer Enquiry Form to Katie Pilcher, Volunteering and Communications Officer at volunteering@coam.org.uk


Chiltern Open Air Museum is a registered charity no 272381.


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