If you'd like to volunteer at Highgate Cemetery, please contact Nick Powell at nick@highgatecemetery.org. The minimum age for all volunteer roles is 18 years

Volunteer Visitor Assistants : Weekends

Purpose of role

We are looking for volunteers to enhance the visitor welcome and experience. Your role will be making visitors feel welcome and ensuring their visit is friendly, enjoyable and safe. You will develop a good knowledge of the Cemetery and its environs enabling visitors to receive accurate and relevant information to enhance their visit.

Organisational position

Reporting directly to the Visitor Experience Manager

Key responsibilities

  • Pro-actively promote the Cemetery to visitors, ensuring that everyone receives the warmest welcome and exemplary service.
  • Maintain a strong team atmosphere, by injecting enthusiasm and promoting a harmonious friendly climate.
  • Comply with the Cemetery’s  Health and Safety policy and any policies set out to ensure the safety and welfare of visitors, staff and volunteers.

On rotation

  • Sell tickets and merchandise at the entrance desks.
  • Act as a meet and greeter at the gates and a source of knowledge and reference point for all visitors.
  • Assisting with regular checks on the toilet facilities throughout the day.
  • Assist cemetery staff in any other relevant duties and tasks

What we are looking for in our volunteers

  • Enthusiasm for learning about the Cemetery and those interred here
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Cash handling skills
  • Reliability and good time-keeping
  • Presentable and professional
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to deliver excellent customer service - training will be provided
  • A flexible approach to working as part of a team
  • Ability to remain mobile and stand for up to 2 hours at a time as some of your volunteering will be outdoors

What's in it for you?

  • The opportunity to develop your knowledge of history and culture
  • Experience of working as part of a busy heritage site
  • Experience of working with the general public
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Development of customer service and organisational skills
  • Development of communication skills

Time Commitment

Volunteers generally volunteer one shift per weekend. These shift times are either 10.30am - 2pm or 1.45pm - 5pm. These shifts are also available on public holidays


Travel will be reimbursed up to a limit of £10 per return journey

To apply

Complete our Volunteer Application Form

East Cemetery Ticket Office Weekday Visitor Assistants

Can't commit to a regular volunteering slot?  Why not join us and fill in here and there, selling tickets for our East Cemetery admissions?

To apply

Complete our Volunteer Application Form


Gardening Volunteers

Highgate Cemetery is listed Grade 1 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The cemetery boasts a wealth of flora and fauna, bird and animal life. Over its 170 years of existence, the burial site and its natural setting have become inseparable. We are looking for volunteers to continue the valuable work of up keeping the environment of the Western Cemetery. Supervised duties include

  • General weeding
  • Clearing of paths and walkways
  • Creation of insect habitats

What we’re looking for

Enthusiasm for an outdoor environment and interest in the management of landscapes and habitats. Willingness to learn about our flora. Sensitivity to working around historical monuments and grave owners. The ability to work in a team with members from diverse backgrounds and of varying ages. Happy to work outdoors in a range of weather conditions. A reasonable level of health and fitness. Reliability and good time-keeping. Ability to follow safety procedures. All tools and implements are provided.


Our volunteers meet for working parties twice a month on alternate Saturdays and Sundays. However, there are also volunteering opportunities other days in the week. By registering you can be kept up to date with working party dates and opportunities. If you only have a couple of hours at a time to spare but would like to volunteer at the Cemetery, you might like to help with weeding and pruning in the the East Cemetery. We have daily opportunities available and would love to hear from you.

To apply

Complete our Volunteer Application Form