Needed: A Housekeeper for Gladstone’s Land, Edinburgh

Gladstone's Land NTS

The National Trust for Scotland is looking for a housekeeper for Gladstone’s Land in Edinburgh.

Here is a brief job description:


“The Housekeeper is responsible for a wide variety of duties in connection with the care of the property.  These duties involve the correct handling and conservation-cleaning of the collections, following best-practice at all times, and general housekeeping duties throughout the property.”

The hours are Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and more info can be found here.

Gladstone’s Land is a 17th-century style house of a wealthy merchant and landlord Thomas Gledstanes.  It has six rooms on two levels and is located along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.  It is a restored tenement that shows how it was when the area was crowded with people from different backgrounds and how they lived their lives.

As someone who lives outside of Scotland, I find it interesting that there are such jobs as this in the world.  🙂  I’m not generally a cleaning type of soul but this part-time job could potentially be something I would be interested in … if I just lived a little closer.

Volunteering at the NTS


Have you ever thought you’d like to volunteer for the National Trust for Scotland?  They have a number of opportunities for willing individuals.


A Conservation Volunteer would be employed to carry out conservation work for the NTS and there are 5 groups in operation at the moment:  Glasgow, Grampian, Highland, Lothian and Tayside.  If you are over 18 years of age and enjoy working outdoors, you can complete the application form and send it off.  You will gain the experience of learning new skills such as drystane dyking, footpath construction and woodland management.


House of Dun NTS


If you are interested in a general volunteer position, have a look on their website and there is an assortment of jobs listed.  Here’s one if you enjoy Victorian gardens and it looks like there may even be free accommodation included.

Garden Assistant, Angus

The Victorian Gardens at House of Dun in Angus are a beautiful feature of this fascinating property. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the care and maintenance of these gardens and estate. This would be a perfect opportunity for someone interested in learning more about outdoor heritage work, or interested in starting or returning to a career in gardens. Experience with gardens preferred but training given.

Free bunkhouse style accommodation may be provided. Volunteering applications will be considered all year round.

Shift details

To assist in the care and maintenance of one of the National Trust for Scotland’s gardens. To promote the garden and the work of the National Trust for Scotland to visitors

To work as part of a team with other volunteers and staff within the garden, carrying out a range of tasks involved in the maintenance of the garden, including weeding, edging lawns, painting and pruning. After training, there may also be opportunities to work with garden machinery, such as strimmers and hedgetrimmers, etc.

A link person will be nominated to carry out induction training and provide ongoing support.

An interest in gardening and enthusiasm for gardening is essential. An ability to relate well with people from a range of backgrounds. An ability to work with minimum supervision. Knowledge of the work of the National Trust for Scotland would be an advantage.


A news update from the National Trust For Scotland:

A new look for 2014

The Battle of Bannockburn project is an exciting partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
An innovative new visitor centre and sensitive landscaping will change the way visitors experience Bannockburn, making it a truly world-class site for this defining moment in Scotland’s history.

The building
A bold new design, inspired by traditional Scottish buildings, by Reiach and Hall Architects.

The landscape
Sight lines to the commemorative monuments will be restored, giving Bannockburn back to the people. Landscaping works will restore the dignity of the site and evoke a traditional parkland feel.

The experience
700 years after the famous Scots victory in 1314, come face to face with medieval battle. An immersive, cutting edge 3D experience allows visitors to experience medieval warfare like never before. Discover how the tactics and decisions of two kings inspired the events that would shape history and Scotland, forever.

Join the Battle online!
In the lead up to 2014 there will be updates and exclusive content online and an exciting Battle of Bannockburn website will be launching in 2012. In the meantime, be sure to get the latest news or contact us with your queries.

Visit the Bannockburn webpage to find out about visiting this iconic battlefield.

Prepare for battle in 2014.



For more information, see the NTS website.