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New for our 50th Anniversary!

To celebrate the Trust's 50th Anniversary, we have launched Scottish Wildlife Volunteers, our new volunteering programme. Here you'll find all the old opportunities, plus lots of new ones, including Volunteer Internships, Mentoring and the Flexi-Team.

The Flexi-Team has been designed specially for all those of you who would like to volunteer without a regular time commitment. Even an hour can make a difference!

Browse our opportunities below or get in touch if you have a question. You can also follow us on Twitter @ScotWildVols.


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Conservation Working Holiday on Eigg

Do you fancy an exhilarating week in the great outdoors on a small Scottish Island this spring?

22nd Jan 2015

Peregrine Watch Volunteer Ranger

Help us protect nesting peregrines at Falls of Clyde!

19th Jan 2015

Volunteer Data Assistant (Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels)

An office based opportunity to help our red squirrel project.

9th Jan 2015

Handa weekly volunteer

Our popular volunteer opportunities on Handa Island are now available for the 2015 season!  Meet day visitors off the boat and give them an introductory talk about the island.

8th Jan 2015

Eigg Conservation Volunteer

Do you have a month to spare during the summer of 2015?  Spend it on the isle of Eigg, undertaking a variety of practical tasks.  Accommodation included!

8th Jan 2015

Volunteer fundraising coordinator internship

Be amongst our first 2015 volunteer interns!  Help our Visitor Experience Manager at Falls of Clyde plan and organise fundraising activities .

31st Oct 2014

Volunteer Visitor Centre Assistant Internship

Help find out what it takes to work in the successful Loch of the Lowes visitor centre during the busy summer months!

6th Jan 2015

Volunteer Visitor Centre Assistant Internship

Help find out what it takes to work in the successful Montrose Basin visitor centre during the busy summer months!

6th Jan 2015

Volunteer Assistant Peregrine Ranger Internship

Help protect an iconic species by becoming our volunteer Peregrine ranger intern.

6th Jan 2015

Handa Beach Clearance Volunteer

Come and help us clean Handa's beaches!  A wonderful chance to work and live for a week on an island in a beautiful part of Scotland.

9th Jan 2015

Weekend Swan Management Volunteer

Come and help the Montrose ranger undertake the 2014-15 swan management project at weekends.  

1st Oct 2014

Conservation Volunteer

Do you want to help us manage our network of nature reserves?  Join one of our Reserves Project Groups and help with our programme of autumn and winter tasks including scrub removal, control of non-native species, and woodland work.

29th Nov 2013

Volunteer Internships Programme

Our Volunteer Internships Programme is now open! If you are a recent graduate or are looking to change career, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain skills and experience, while making an important contribution to protecting wildlife and our natural environment.

A fantastic opportunity to gain skills and experience.

These exciting new volunteer internships are located around Scotland, often community based. You will receive full training, regular support from a mentor and will be able to claim all reasonable expenses. We are looking for self starters who are keen to learn from others, can rise to a challenge and have the ability to think strategically.

Lasting 12 weeks, there will be two volunteer internship intakes a year. They require a commitment of three days a week but we will work flexibly around your other commitments. Follow the link below for more details.

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Our new Mentoring Programme

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our brand new Mentoring Programme.

A rewarding opportunity and a chance to make a difference.

If you are willing to share your experience to support a less experienced volunteer, you can help make a valuable difference to our work protecting wildlife, and this could be the rewarding opportunity you have been looking for. Initially, we will be focusing the Mentoring Programme on providing weekly telephone mentoring to volunteer interns.

You can be based anywhere in Scotland but will need to be available to travel to Edinburgh for a training day in the second half of April.

To express your interest, please contact Peter Gilbert, Volunteer Development Officer, on 0131 312 4732 or pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

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Join our Flexi-Team

Looking for volunteering opportunities that will help wildlife and our natural environment but that don’t require a regular commitment? Our brand new Flexi-Team is for you!

Even an hour of your time can make a difference.

If you are looking to fit volunteering into a busy schedule, sign up to our Flexi-Team and you’ll gain access to a raft of rewarding and enjoyable opportunities, some of which require as little as an hour of your time.

Tasks range from carrying out practical conservation work, such as tree planting, to helping at fundraising events and lending a hand with educational activities. Some can even be done from home.

To sign up, please complete our application form mentioning ‘Flexi-Team’ and we’ll be in touch with all the details.

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Training and support

People's Postcode Lottery

Scottish Wildlife Volunteers give up their time, energy and expertise to help wildlife. In return, we aim to provide a high level of support, guidance and, where appropriate, training.

Much of this is made by possible thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The People’s Postcode Lottery Volunteer Training Fund has been established so that Scottish Wildlife Volunteers can be nominated to undertake training that will increase their skills and help them to be even more effective in their role.

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Health and safety for volunteers

We take the safety of all Scottish Wildlife Trust volunteers extremely seriously. For more information, click here to read our health and safety guide.


Still unsure about something?

Peter Gilbert

Hello! I'm Peter, and I'm the Volunteer Development Officer for the Trust. We hope you find these pages easy to use. If you're still unsure about something, you might want to check out our FAQs.

Alternatively, if you'd like to talk to me about any aspect of volunteering, please don't hesitate to give me a call on 0131 312 4732 or follow the links below.

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