Farm Volunteers

See below for details of our current volunteering opportunities at National Museums NI

Opportunity Overview:

As a member of our farm team you will have the important task of making a great first and lasting impression on our visitors, welcoming them in a positive, friendly manner and delivering information about our farms, livestock and rural skills. Volunteering at Ulster Folk Museum gives you the opportunity to interact with the visitors and add to their experience on the farm. Deliver various activities and events throughout the year. Become a part of our team, learn new skills or build on your existing ones. See what life was like in rural Ireland and help us bring history to life through our people and animals.

Our historic working farm is a unique opportunity to act out the life that our ancestors lived and worked, preserve historical methods of farming for future generations and learn about our native and traditional breeds of animals and livestock.

This is a unique opportunity for a volunteer to work alongside us to help with the day to day running of this special place.

From new-born lambs, planting crops, harvesting and haymaking – there are plenty of exciting reasons to get involved.  


Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra, BT18 0EU

Number of volunteers required: 

Approx. 1-2

Main Purpose and Role:

To support the day to day running of the historical working farm through activities such as:

  • Mucking out poultry and livestock
  • Cleaning water drinkers and filling water drinkers
  • Cutting weeds in the fields and around the farm yards (seasonal)
  • Assisting with farm events
  • Assisting with the movement of animals around the site
  • Moving muck to the fields and spreading as required
  • Harness cleaning
  • Horse drawn vehicle cleaning and minor maintenance repairs
  • Brushing and general tidiness around farm yards as and when required  
  • Mucking out donkeys and horses (seasonal)
  • Leading donkeys and horses to and from the fields / assisting with donkeys and horses for field work
  • Assisting with the care of animals
  • Weeding and gathering potatoes (seasonal)
  • Horse and donkey grooming

Your skills and experience:

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to interact with visitors in a friendly and open manner
  • Have an interest in old farming practises and rural life
  • Comfortable working around animals
  • Willing to wear a traditional outfit
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Prepared to work in all weather conditions

Your time:

You must be able to commit to a minimum of four hours per week.


    • Volunteer in unique surroundings
    • Learn new traditional skills
    • Be part of a friendly and supportive team
    Keep fit while making a difference

Additional Information:

  • Volunteers must be over 16 years old.
  • This is quite a physical role so a good level of fitness is required. Please be prepared to get mucky and stuck in. 
  • Some parts of the role are unsupervised but mostly you will be working as part of a team and under supervision. 


Complete the form below and one of the team will get back to you. 

Please put the title of the role you are interested in the “Additional Information” section.