Careers & Volunteering

Careers & Volunteering 2017-08-08T21:11:36+00:00

Muncaster Castle and Pennington Hotels & Inns are family run businesses offering a range of paid and volunteer openings. Career or volunteer, customer facing or behind the scenes, working for us offers days which are rarely dull alongside committed and friendly team members. If you have the enthusiasm and commitment to work in an award winning attraction or a top hotel or inn in the Western Lake District, we’d like to hear from you.

Current Paid Vacancies


Muncaster Castle – Chef/cook (paid opportunity)

We’re looking for a further chef or cook to join the catering team at the Castle. You’ll need to be flexible and down-to-earth as work ranges from making chip butties to preparing a wedding banquet, in order to cater for the wide range of day-to-day and special activities undertaken at Muncaster. Experience of working in a busy kitchen and strong team-working skills are required for this role but additional training will be available if required for the right candidate.

Please apply by email to lukas[at] or in writing with a CV and covering letter to Lukas Lim, General Manager Pennington Hotels, c/o Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SP
Vacancy posted 15th June 2017

Pennington Hotel, Ravenglass – housekeeper and general assistant required

We have openings for a housekeeper and a general assistant at the Pennington Hotel in Ravenglass. If you are interested in these opportunities, please e-mail Lukas Lim, General Manager Pennington Hotels : lukas(at) with your CV or letter of application.Muncaster Castle & Pennington Hotels Housekeeping Staff – paid opportunities

Alternatively apply in writing to Lukas Lim at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ.
Vacancy posted 08-08-2017


Volunteer at Muncaster

The last 12 months have been amazing, exciting and extremely rewarding but we could never have achieved so much progress without the help of our fabulous Volunteers.

In the Castle itself, because of the gift of their time, Volunteers have been able to help catalogue, transcribe, research and conserve the artefacts of Muncaster. We are now better able to interpret them in future displays and investigate into the histories they hold. Our Volunteers love to interact and chat with our visitors, which they tell us “totally enhances the visitor experience”.

Within the Hawk and Owl Centre there are Volunteers who assist with marshalling at the two daily flying displays and the care of the birds. Gardeners who share their love of the outdoors and plants help us by volunteering their time in the Gardens and maintaining the beauty that is Muncaster.

Volunteering at Muncaster is a two-way process.  Our helpers are able to satisfy their own passions and interests and learn new skills from our staff whilst we are able to provide good customer service and accomplish so much more with the efforts of such dedicated teams.

Volunteering can comprise of a specific commitment each week in the Castle, Hawk and Owl Centre or Gardens or simply providing an extra pair of hands during our busy events which take place throughout the year. “Micro Volunteering” may suit other people, particularly if they have a specific area of expertise they are willing to donate for perhaps a day a year. For example, there may be a book conservator who would like to volunteer in our library, a horticulturist keen to set up a nursery or maybe a face painter who can entertain the younger visitors. The opportunities are endless. Just tell us how you would like to help.

To our existing team, thank you for all your hard work and to our future team here’s to more exciting discoveries and achievements to come.

If you would like to find out more, please contact our volunteer coordination team by email at curator[at] or please call and ask to speak to them.

You can download our volunteer application form in Word format or in PDF format


Agencies Please Note!

We will not accept any applications from agencies, nor do we want/require any agencies to fill our vacancies. Thank you.
Muncaster are positive about employing people with disabilities.