The National Trust is a fun, friendly and charitable organization which aims to treat visitors to the best that the country has to offer while maintaining and restoring their locations; be it a country house in the Cotswolds or a stretch of rugged Cornish coastline, one can enjoy the outdoors while taking nothing but photos, and leaving nothing behind but a few cake crumbs from one of their many cafes and eateries.
I began work this month at The Pilchard Cellar in Boscastle, Cornwall. The quirky café, gift shop and visitor center is nestled within the towns natural harbor and makes an ideal pit stop to grab a locally made cream tea, some homemade soup or a cappuccino before setting off along the coastal path, leading to other Trust locations such as surviving Celtic farmland known locally as “The Stitches” or St. Juliots Church, famously frequented by novelist Thomas Hardy. Even if none of the above appeals to you, take solace in that there is no shortage of good cake and fantastic views in the area. (you know where to visit!)
A day in the life of a national trust employee involves a lot of laughs, and a lot of hard work providing a perfect opportunity for a great deal of skill development, be it out in the grounds cultivating rare plants, giving visitors an insight into the great history of certain locations or, like myself, dishing up an array of coffee and cakes to the hungry public.
As well as the perks of a fast paced yet friendly working environment there are also perks on paper, a national trust employee is entitled to various rewards such as entry to National Trust owned locations, annual leave and various service awards in exchange for hard work and dedication to the job, no chore when work is situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the country!