My dream job… by Tom Hanks

Did you see Tom Hanks on BBC News recently? He was interviewed about his latest movie but was asked a question that suddenly gave us an insight into his own passions outside of acting: A passion that many of us share. "What would you be if you weren’t an actor?" was the question. His answer: "A guide at an historical site".

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"I would love that"

His full answer was in fact:

“I would be a park ranger. I would literally be the guy who says ‘Hey, everybody. Let me tell you about our National Parks. I would be a guide at an historic place. That would be the greatest job in the world for me. I would love that.”

It is not hard to figure out why this is such an appealing role. I mean, who wouldn’t love to experience the great outdoors in historic parkland. We at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire certainly have a lot of dedicated volunteer helpers.

"I would be a park ranger"

Our park volunteers will build tree guards, feed the livestock, drive the tractor and even help with some of the grittier jobs such as the deer cull (an essential part of our park management). Come rain or shine they’ll do it all with a smile and are always cracking jokes – often at the expense of their volunteer manager!

"...a guide at an historic place"

But Tom Hanks also said he’d love to be a guide. He’d be the person welcoming and be the public face of a place. We think he’d be pretty good at that. After all he is a master at learning lines so he’d never forget a date or a name… would he?

We’re blessed with a host of wonderful volunteer guides with remarkable memories for such facts. If I’m researching a new blog article or wanting to check content for our website, it isn’t the guidebook or historical records I reach for first, it will be one of our experienced volunteers who know more than any guidebook could contain.

Join us!

Volunteers bring us so much experience and enthusiasm. I honestly don’t know where we’d be without them. But we’re always looking to build our teams for the future, so Tom, or anyone else with an interest, if you’d like to give guiding or any of our vast volunteer roles a go, just drop us a line!