The Charleston Trust offers many opportunities for those wishing to work with us, volunteer or gain some work experience. All of our permanent, seasonal, internships, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities are detailed below.



Festival Car Parkers and Traffic Controllers

The Charleston Festival runs from 20th – 30th  May. We have a few shifts available in our car parking team. If you would like to know more please contact Kristina Sekyere on 01323 815160 or email k.sekyere@charleston.org.uk



Weekend Cafe Supervisor

We are seeking a Weekend Cafe Supervisor to be responsible for the management of Charleston’s café on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. The supervisor will manage a small team of café assistants and ensure that high standards of food and drink quality and customer service are maintained.

More details about the role and how to apply are available here Weekend Cafe Supervisor 2016 Job description

All applicants are requested to fill in and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline for applications is by 12 noon on Tuesday 31st May. 


Cafe Assistant

We are seeking a Cafe Assistant to work weekdays in the busy Charleston Cafe.  Your main responsibilities will be to serve customers, prepare food and drinks, wash and clear up whilst maintaining a professional presentation of the café.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about excellent customer service and good quality food, who is flexible, resilient and able to work under pressure.

More details about the role and how to apply are available here Cafe Assistant Job description 2016 WEEKDAYS May

All applicants are requested to fill in and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Deadline for applications is by 12 noon on Tuesday 31st May.






We offer many volunteering opportunities, from helping with mailings and organising events, to weeding the garden and working with the Curator. The time and expertise that volunteers bring to Charleston are of enormous value to the Trust. We also hope to provide volunteers with experience and references they can use in developing a career in the arts.


Volunteer Photographers

We are seeking photographers to take images of Charleston’s house, gardens, collection and it’s many activities throughout the year. We are looking for people who have a passion for photography and can ‘capture the moment’. Further details about the role and how to apply is available to download here Volunteer Photographer brief


Volunteer House Stewards, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from end March to early November.

Volunteer House Stewards welcome visitors and bring the house to life by providing information about Charleston’s occupants and their artwork. Stewards also keep an eye on security and visitor safety in the house. No experience or background in the arts is needed just a positive approach and willingness to learn as well as enjoying working with the public. For further information please email info@charleston.org.uk

“I fell for Charleston’s charms the first time I visited and I wanted to get involved there and then.  Through volunteering in the house and garden, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some truly wonderful people who are passionate about the place and its extraordinary legacy. Volunteering here has enriched my life immensely and I have developed not only a deeper knowledge of the Bloomsbury group and the Charleston collection, but a profound affection for the place that will never leave me.” Clare.

“I have been volunteering at Charleston for nearly 15 years in the house assisting with conservation and as a House Steward. What I love is, every time there is a surprise like discovering a message on the back of an object or  seeing a painting from the collection in its original state. Most of all, my joy is talking to the public while stewarding on Sundays, often learning from them and hopefully them learning from me! ” Sally.


If you are interested in volunteering with us please fill out the form below and send to The Charleston Trust, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL or email info@charleston.org.uk

Application to Volunteer at Charleston