Residential volunteering placements on Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves

Are you able to dedicate a longer period of time to helping nature? Every year the Scottish Wildlife Trust provides residential volunteering opportunities at three of our wildlife reserves: Isle of Eigg, Handa Island and Loch of the Lowes.

Whether you’re seeking practical conservation skills or are simply after an exciting escape, residential volunteering is a fantastic way to gain hands-on experience, meet new people and immerse yourself in one of our wildlife reserves, with on-site accommodation provided. We welcome applicants from all walks of life!

Have a question?

If you can’t find the answer to your question on our FAQs page, please contact Peter Gilbert on 0131 312 4732 or at


To view all our current residential volunteering placement opportunities, visit our listings page.


Handa Island

Become a seasonal volunteer on this wild island that is an internationally important breeding site for guillemots, razorbills and great skuas.

Practical volunteering placements

Looking for something more flexible? We can also offer practical volunteering placements at other wildlife reserves across Scotland. Placements can range from one week to several months.

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Isle of Eigg

Become a seasonal volunteer ranger on the community owned island with its diverse mix of coastal land, farmland, willow and hazel scrub, native woodland, raised bog and moorland.

Loch of the Lowes

Become a seasonal volunteer ranger at one of our top visitor sites, home to red squirrels, great-crested grebes and the ospreys that return to their nest site each year.

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