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Volunteering at CAT

We need more changemakers. Volunteering at CAT gives you the chance to develop skills and support our work offering practical solutions and providing hands-on learning to help create a zero carbon world.

Volunteers were responsible for starting CAT over 45 years ago. Today they still form an invaluable part of the CAT family.

Our volunteers help us to manage the site throughout the year, contributing to the upkeep of our gardens and woodlands and giving a helping hand in other key areas.

Volunteering with us is an excellent opportunity to gain new skills and work experience, explore this beautiful area of Mid Wales and the Snowdonia National Park, and meet a range of interesting and friendly new people all working together on solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency.

Here at CAT there are many different ways to volunteer:

The main route is as a residential six-month volunteer, living on-site, helping in our Gardens or Woodlands and Water teams.

Short-term and regular volunteers

Currently, due to COVID-19 considerations, we can’t offer short-term residential volunteering but if you live locally you can offer to give a day on a regular basis with us.

Learn more about day volunteering

Six-month residential volunteers

Successful applicants will be asked to attend a week-long trial before committing to a six-month period.

Learn more about being a six-month residential volunteer

Email completed applications to

Have a look below to find what volunteering opportunities are generally available, read what past volunteers have said, or have a look at our Volunteering Introduction Guide.

Applications for volunteering this winter have now closed. Details for volunteering Summer 2023 will be available early in the New Year. Please email enquiries to

6 Month Volunteering Application Form
Volunteer in the garden

Volunteering Opportunities

Get involved and help support CAT's vision of a sustainable future, learn valuable skills and meet a diverse range of motivated and engaging volunteers, students, staff and visitors.

Most of our volunteers join the Estates Department, working with either the woodlands and water team or the gardens team. You can read more about these roles below.

However, if you have particular skills you would like to offer to CAT, we’d be delighted to consider applications for other areas. For example, previous volunteers have worked in digital media, marketing, fundraising, visitor engagement, mail order and short courses.

Growing organic vegetables at CAT

Gardens Volunteer

Come and live and breathe sustainability. While here, you'll get the chance to work with and learn from our experienced gardens team, meet inspiring and interesting people, and become an integral part of what CAT does.
Volunteers planting trees

Woodlands and Water

Explore woodland management, learn valuable skills and have fun working alongside our woodlands and water team to help manage our woodlands, water and sanitation systems and make improvements around the site using our natural resources.

What our previous volunteers have said

As someone who has a degree in Ecology from many years ago but no practical experience to back it up, I am sure that my six months at CAT will really put me back in touch with my love for the environment and demonstrate to future employers my commitment to it.
Joe Wogden – Woodland Volunteer

Joe Wogden – Woodland Volunteer

The CAT staff and volunteers really believe in what they are doing - something you don’t find in many work places. It’s a really inspiring place. A springboard for so many people in so many ways, that’s why so many volunteers wish they could stay.
Rachel Solnick – Gardens Volunteer

Rachel Solnick – Gardens Volunteer

Contact us

If you have any questions about volunteering with CAT please get in touch and a member of our team will get back to you.