Careers & Volunteering

Careers & Volunteering 2018-05-01T06:47:44+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.

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Paid Roles

Current Paid Vacancies

Seasonal Staff for Muncaster Castle & Pennington Hotels (paid opportunities)

We’re recruiting for the following positions at Muncaster and the Pennington Hotel group. Part and full time roles are available, to begin asap

  • Catering – cooks and general assistants

Please apply with CV and covering letter by email to Sandra Segalini at or in writing to her at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
Vacancy posted 10th February 2018

Building & Maintenance Stonemason at Muncaster Castle (paid opportunity)

Muncaster Estate require a skilled stonemason to carry out on-going general maintenance and project work on the Estate’s portfolio of historic buildings.
A broad knowledge of the use of lime mortars in building is essential.
A masonry qualification is preferred, but other trades would be considered. 
A knowledge of other trades and skills would be preferred but training can be given to the right person. 
The candidate will be tasked with pre-planning and carrying out of the works required on Estate building projects.  
You will be responsible for your own workload as well as apprentices.  

Salary is dependent on skills and experience, and the right individual would have a clean driving licence, a head for heights, a ‘can do’ attitude, a current first aid at work certificate and manual handling knowledge.

If you are interested in this position, please e-mail Sandra Segalini at or apply in writing to her at Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ
Vacancy posted 10th February 2018

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.

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 and/or take a look at some of our role descriptions for volunteering below:

Volunteering in the Castle
Castle Guide
Victorian Christmas
Hawk & Owl Centre
schools exhibition
Education Assistant
Flower Arranger

At Muncaster we are positive about volunteers with disabilities.