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Volunteer Staff Members

The Scout and Guide Castle Rieneck is the international training and meeting centre of the Christian Guide and Scout Association (Verband Christlicher Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder VCP), and offers programmes connected with the European Scout Office's Eurosteps program. The Castle's buildings are open to guest groups (parishes, school classes, societies and last but not least Scout and Guide groups) all year round and offer accommodation and workspace for 134 people (on average there are 25,000 overnight stays per year).

In addition, we offer many different programs to the guests that convey the scout philosophy “Learning by doing”. We have a Campground which is open from June until September and available to Scout and Guide groups of up to 100.

The house is run by twelve permanent employees (Castle manager, Housekeeper, Janitor, Secretary, Cook, Domestic staff) and as many as six young volunteer staff members. We are always seeking to improve our facilities, in order to attract more and more young people (especially Scouts and Guides) from Germany and abroad. Therefore, Rieneck Castle offers Scouts and Guides who are of age the opportunity to work as part of our international staff.


We are looking for several

Volunteer Staff Members

for the season 2023

(April to October)

as well as for

Long Term Staff

all year round.

Your responsibilities:

Together with other junior staff you will take part in various work in the Castle and its grounds, for example, guest services, programme activities, maintenance work, but also upkeep and extension of the campsite.

You will advise and look after the groups during their stay, look after the programme material, use existing programmes, or develop new ideas for programmes from your own ideas.

Depending on your knowledge of foreign languages you may be asked to translate existing programme ideas or other texts.

The requirements:

All of the Castle's volunteers must be members of a Scout or Guide organisation recognised by the respective world associations.

You must be in a position to communicate well in English. Knowledge of German is an advantage as the majority of guests and employees come from Germany and in some cases speak no foreign languages.

You must be a citizen of the EU, be at least 18 years old and legally an adult in your own country. You do not require any particular qualification to work on the Castle's staff, however we would like to know what particular skills you can bring us. The more information we have about this, the easier it is to come to a decision.

You must spend two months at the Castle. Voluntary staff positions are available between April and the end of October, Long Term Positions at any time of the year.

Terms of work and performance:

As a rule, these positions are not paid.

We will provide accommodation in a two or three bed room, and bedclothes and towels. All meals provided. Free use of the washing machine.

It is often necessary to work at unusual hours. The utmost flexibility will sometimes be demanded of you. We are dependent on your enthusiasm and commitment if we want our guests to feel comfortable and keep coming back. We are the hosts and it is our responsibility to give our guests the best service possible. If you take this to heart you will profit greatly from your time working at the castle, and go home with great memories.

Every employee gets a choice of one free day per week. These days can be saved up.

We are aiming to have a social activity at the castle's expense for the employees every once in a while.

All employees are insured by the castle against accident and in certain circumstances against illness (within Germany). Details can be obtained form the castle. Nevertheless, we recommend in all cases that you take out your own health insurance.

You are responsible for travelling to Rieneck. We will be happy to provide information on the cheapest routes and means of transport. We regret that we cannot cover travel expenses. The European Scout Voluntary Programme provides financial support for foreign staff who are members of WOSM.

Applications to

Pfadfinderburg Rieneck, Schlossberg 1, D-97794 Rieneck, Germany.

Tel: +49 9354 902317 Email: info(at)


Application deadline for this year's Staff: March. Long Term Staff may apply at any time.

Application form