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Are you looking to make a difference in your local community? Do you want to learn new skills or take on a new challenge? Perhaps volunteering for Cogges could be a good choice for you. We have over 160 volunteers that support the running of Cogges and it's their enthusiasm and knowledge that helps to make Cogges such a wonderful place to visit. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funders, Cogges is increasing the number of opportunities to volunteer.

Current volunteer vacancies

Evaluation Team Volunteer - to help us measure how successful the Cogges 1,000 Years Plus project has been, we need volunteers to help us survey how the project has changed people’s experiences of Cogges, looking at data such as the number of people who visit and where they come from, as well as their views on the new interpretation and programme of activities.

Download job role description for Evaluation Team Volunteer

Cooking/Baking Volunteer - to assist and support the Farm Manager and Visitor Experience Assistant with baking and food production demonstrations in the house, as part of the active interpretation to engage visitors in the history of Cogges. 

Download job role description for Cooking Volunteer

Welcome Desk Volunteer - to welcome visitors to Cogges at the main entry points and gift shop, checking and selling entry tickets, season tickets and shop merchandise.

Download job role description for Welcome Desk Volunteer


How to register your interest

If you would like to register your interest in the above role or other volunteering opportunities, please download and complete our Volunteering Form and email it to We'll be in contact when a suitable role becomes available.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions we may have to limit the number of volunteers we recruit at this point and may not be able to accept all new volunteer applicants (Update 2021).


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Volunteers come from all around Oxfordshire and cover a wide range of ages and interests. People offer their time for many different reasons: learning new skills or passing on knowledge to keep traditions alive; gaining confidence and skills for work; feeling valuable and active, and ensuring future generations can continue to enjoy Cogges. 

Make new friends

Time spent volunteering is very flexible, and fits around you. You would be joining a large, friendly team and can contribute to a range of areas or focus on one. Volunteers are offered discounts in the shop and cafe, events and workshops. There is an active social diary with get togethers and trips throughout the year.

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Cogges is like one large family - the staff and other volunteers are friendly and helpful, doing this gives me a sense of being useful and giving something back to the community - Dot McGuiness

Meet the volunteers

Find our more about some of our roles and how volunteering at Cogges has made a real difference.

Corporate volunteering

If you can offer professional development to our staff, support or sponsor our events or would like to hold a team away day on the farm, please get in touch to see how we can work with your business.