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Volunteer at Ely Cathedral

Making a difference in the heart of Ely

Ely Cathedral offers a glimpse into centuries of English heritage alongside stunningly beautiful art and architecture. Commonly known as the 'Ship of the Fens', it can be seen from miles around. Our extraordinary volunteer community works hard to serve the city and surrounding area.

Why volunteer?

  • To be involved in a local community.
  • Because you love the beauty and awe of the building, its history and architecture.
  • To enhance your CV and learn new skills.
  • An opportunity to meet people and make new friends.
  • To serve the Cathedral as an extension of your faith.

Who can volunteer?

To provide the best experience for those who visit the Cathedral, we welcome volunteers from all faiths, or none, and all backgrounds, encouraging everyone to work together for the good of the Cathedral.

We require our volunteers to be:

  • Open minded and friendly.
  • Approachable and confident at engaging with others.
  • Positive, flexible in outlook and willing to help.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Sympathetic to the Cathedral’s core mission statement.
  • Supportive of our policies and procedures.
  • Willing to engage with Cathedral clergy, staff, fellow volunteers and the public with courtesy and respect.

Equal Opportunities

We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches us, and are committed to Ely Cathedral playing our part in making the Church of England more diverse and more equal. To this end, we aim to diversify our volunteers and particularly welcome applications from anybody with a UK minority ethnic background, and from people with disabilities.


We're recruiting for several positions. Please see below a copy of the relevant role descriptions, application form and FAQs.

Learning Voluntary Role


Hospitality and Bar Voluntary Role


Gardener Voluntary Role

We have two positions available.


Shop Voluntary Role

We require people for specific shift patterns. Saturdays: 12.00-14.00. Sundays: 13.30-15.30


Welcome Team Voluntary Role

We are particularly looking for people who are available to cover shifts on Saturdays and Sundays


Day Chaplain Voluntary Role


Steward Voluntary Role


Volunteer Application Form


Volunteer Handbook


Volunteer FAQ

We know choosing the right role is paramount to having a great experience. Click on the link to see a list of frequent questions we get asked.


Application Submission:

If you’d like to discuss any of the roles before applying, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Joseph Patkai on (01353 660 361), for an informal chat.