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

Head Cook for The Inn At Ravenglass (Pennington Hotels) – paid opportunity

The Inn at Ravenglass is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated cook. The Inn is a part of the Pennington Leisure Group and is based in the beautiful coastal village of Ravenglass, welcoming tourists and locals.

This exciting opportunity will have the below responsibilities;

Maintaining high standards of cleanliness & food safety practices

Leading the kitchen to produce fresh food for the pub

Stock ordering & control

Overall will be working in collaboration with the management, floor staff & kitchen support crew to deliver good pub grub!

If you are interested in the role, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs[at] or by post to Muncaster Castle quoting ‘Pennington Hotels vacancies’

Vacancy posted 26th February 2019

General Assistant for The Pennington (Pennington Hotels) – paid opportunity

The Pennington Hotels family is looking for an enthusiastic General Assistant to work in the Pennington Hotel, Ravenglass. The Pennington is a high-end 3 star hotel with 22 rooms, a restaurant and a bar.

The General Assistant role would perform a variety of tasks associated with food and drink service, occasional housekeeping and some reception work. You must have a passion for work, be self-motivated, be able to work in a team and help us to provide the excellent standards of the Pennington Hotels.

Experience in all areas not necessary as full training can be given. Excellent people skills, smart appearance and attention to detail are essential.

If you are interested in the role, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs[at] or by post to Muncaster Castle quoting ‘Pennington Hotels vacancies’

Vacancy posted 26th February 2019

Commis Chef for The Pennington (Pennington Hotels) – paid opportunity

A position has become available for a Commis Chef to join the team at the Pennington Hotel Ravenglass Cumbria. This is an ideal position for anyone looking to learn new catering skills amongst our small experienced team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assisting the chefs with food preparation and service
  • Kitchen cleaning
  • Efficient and accurate stock rotation and labelling
  • Adhere to all food safety and health and safety requirements


  • Have a good understanding of food and ingredients
  • Can work on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Hard working, loyal and flexible
  • Ability to follow recipes and learn different techniques
  • Due to location, own transport is preferred

What we can offer

  • Full training including Food Hygiene and First Aid
  • Flexible working pattern and mixed shifts
  • Self-development & progression

If you are interested in the role, please send your CV and covering letter to jobs[at] or by post to Muncaster Castle quoting’ Pennington Hotels vacancies’

Vacancy posted 26th February 2019

Seasonal Receptionist at Muncaster Castle : part time, temporary

Applications are now closed for this role.

Seasonal shop Assistant at Muncaster Castle : part time, temporary

Applications are now closed for this role.

Applications with CV and covering letter to info[at] or by post to the Castle marked ‘Seasonal vacancies’.

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 (i.e. download, complete in Word and resave, then attach it to an email back to us).  Alternatively you can download it in PDF format to print off and fill in by hand to either scan and email to us or return as a paper copy by hand or post. Take a look at some of our role descriptions for volunteering below:

Volunteering in the Castle
Castle Guide
Victorian Christmas
Herriot the bird of prey in the sun
Hawk & Owl Centre
schools exhibition
Education Assistant
Daffodils at Muncaster Castle
Flower Arranger

At Muncaster we are positive about volunteers with disabilities.