Volunteering

Are you looking for volunteers?

Would you like to find out about volunteering opportunities in the Highlands?

Then this is the place to look.

 

To put an entry on the site get in touch with hen@highlandenvironment.org.uk

Download our conservation volunteering poster

 

Read about the benefits of environmental volunteering in an article by Dan Jenkins, Health Promotion specialist with NHS Highland.

 

 

 

 

Other websites

Volunteering opportunities can also be found at http://apps.environment.scotland.gov.uk/project-finder/ 
https://www.projectscotland.co.uk/

 

Abriachan Forest Trust

Abriachan is located above Loch Ness on the Inverness to Drumnadrochit road. 

There’s always lots going on at this busy community owned and managed woodland and they’re always pleased to accept a helping hand. Find out more about the Abriachan Forest Trust on their website and keep up-to-date with activities on their facebook page.

For more information contact Suzann Barr on 01463 861259 or at abriachanforest@gmail.com

 

British Trust for Ornithology

The BTO in Scotland have a number of ways that you can get involved in volunteering.

• Take part in a bird survey - from garden bird, upland or wetland surveys to the nest record scheme
• Help us to raise awareness in your local area
• Do some easy fundraising

Click here for the BTO Scotland volunteering webpages.

 

Caledonian Canal Heritage Project

This project is lead by the Scottish Waterways Trust and is aimed at encouraging local people to explore, use and care for the canal.  Volunteers can help with many different roles, including hands-on conservation tasks, wildlife surveys, canal interpretation, research and archives.

For more information contact Stephen Wiseman on 01463 725561 or by email stephen@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk

 

Cromarty Firth Fisheries Trust

From help with the Scottish Mink Initiative to invasive plant monitoring and clearance or elctro fishihing and river clean up days the the Cromarty Fisheries Trust have lots of volunteering opportunities. More

 

Evanton Community Woods

Volunteer Work Sessions on the last Saturday of every month

From 10am to 1pm - stay as long as you like

Jobs vary: tree planting, cabin building, path improvements, thinning small trees
All welcome. Tools and safety items provided. Refreshments provided.

Meet at the cabin at the main intersection (2 mins by foot from the Chapel)


Contact 01349 830517 for further information or email Education and Outreach Co-ordinator Simon Harry at simon.harry@forest-education.co.uk or 07947 772066.  See the Evanton Community Woods website  for more information.

 

Flora Locale

Flora locale was established in 1998 as an independent charity to promote and advance the conservation and enhancement of native wild plant populations and plant communities. More . . .

 

Forestry Commission Scotland

If you are interested in finding out about volunteering opportunities with Forestry Commission Scotland get in touch with Suzanne Dolby, Environment Forester, Forestry Commission, North Highland Forest District, The Links, Golspie Business Park, Golspie, Sutherland, KW10 6UB

or email: suzanne.dolby@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

 

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin TrustHebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) conduct cetacean surveys, from their live-aboard research yacht Silurian, between April and October every year. 

HWDT welcome aboard paying volunteers to assist with data collection and help monitor the various cetacean species found in Hebridean waters. 

Join HWDT and have the experience of a lifetime, exploring the wilds of the Hebrides whilst contributing to a long-standing dataset – the basis of effective conservation.  To find out more, please click here

HWDT also offer internships to assist with our education and research programmes. To find out more, please click here

 

Highland Biological Recording Group

The Highland Biological Recording Group carry out wildlife surveys, gather data on Highland wildlife and ensure this information is made accessible to the public via the National Biodiversity Network Gateway (see https://data.nbn.org.uk/Organisations/55).  They also produce guidance on species identification and atlases of species distribution.  The group meet twice a year and organise a range of summer field visits.  If you want to find out more about the group and how you could get involved check out http://www.hbrg.org.uk/ or email info@hbrg.org.uk

 

Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust

Path conservation work and summer volunteering for a week or more. Find out more about helping the natural environment and community on Eigg.

 

 

 

 

John Muir Trust

John Muir Trust on Harris

Tasks from path maintenance to butterfly monitoring take place at various across Scotland throughout the year.

Contact  - Sandy Maxwell t:0141 576 6663 m: 07766 380 663 e: sandy.maxwell@jmt.org
For dates, locations and details see www.jmt.org/activities-conservation-work-parties.asp

They also run the John Muir Award scheme where participants work towards discovery, explorer and conserver awards.  More information about this can be found at www.jmt.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milton Community Woodland Trust

Milton Community Woodland Trust was set up in 1997 and is responsible for the management of Milton Community Woodland, 12 hectares of broadleaved woodland cut through by a meandering river and bordering the village of Milton.

After initially working to improve woodland access, the focus of the Trust the moved to training in woodland skills, arts and crafts activities, and developing a lifeskills and confidence-building through a programme called Stepping Stones. Through this the Trust gained funding to build the Log cabin and Both of these buildings are well used for all the woodworking and environmental education activities that take place.

Volunteers are always welcome. Visit the website or get in touch via miltonwoodlandtrust@live.com for more information.

 

National Trust for Scotland

A full and varied programme across the Highlands throughout the year. More . . .

 

Ross-shire Waste Action Network (RoWAN)

RoWAN are looking for volunteers to help promote waste reduction through their Zero Waste programme by encouraging people around the Highlands to:

  • cut food waste and help the planet while saving up to £405 a year.
  • start to compost or compost more. At the moment only around 25% of people compost kitchen waste. We want to encourage more people to start home composting and also give support to those who are already composting, so that they can improve the quality of their compost and compost even more of their waste.
  • buy peat-free compost.
  • stop unwanted mail.
  • recycle with your blue bin more.
  • Repair items instead of buying new.
  • Help on litter picks.
  • We can train you as a Recycling Ambassador for festivals and Gala events.
  • Arrange a talk in your workplace or club. 
  • Come to on of our Upcycling workshops. 
  • Rowan would like you to volunteer online too!  

If you are keen to help and would like to find out more about the things that you can do, take a look at the RoWAN website , call them on 07730208850  or 01349 867063 or email zerowastevolunteers@rowan.org.uk to find out more.

 

RSPB

RSPB have a residential and a day based volunteering programme.  Volunteers help them to manage their Insh Marshes, Abernethy and Forsinard Flows Reserves as well as helping to look after the Fairy Glen on the Black Isle and help with the Eyes to the Skies project near Dingwall.  For more information visit the RSPB website (croll to the bottom of the volunteering page to see the local opportunities) or contact Christine Caulfield at their Inverness Office on 01463 715000

 

Scottish Natural Heritage

Volunteers help us with a range of activities mostly at our National Nature Reserves.  These vary depending on the management requirements of the site, and the time of year, but can include things like:

  •  practical work, perhaps path maintenance, scrub clearance or litter picks
  •  monitoring of particular habitats and species, perhaps of birds, butterflies or trees
  • working with the public, perhaps in a visitor centre or helping to lead groups.

 
For more information go to http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/
 

 

Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has a range of volunteering opportunities - from an hour to 12-week internships. Look on their website to see all the current opportunities.

 

sustrans

Sustrans works to enable people in Scotland to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of their everyday journeys. The charity has volunteering opportunities throughout Scotland, including volunteer rngering or being a signing or wildlife champion. See their website for details.

 

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

TCV have a range of programmes carrying out practical environmental conservation projects in the Inverness area. Volunteering opportunities include: Weekday Projects, Employee Volunteering, Volunteer Officers , School work (0-16), Youth work (14-25), Community work,
Training.


The Midweek Group carries out a variety of environmental conservation tasks including invasive species control and removal, practical tasks (such as fencing) and horticultural tasks - amongst others. For more Information contact Rob Thomas, Community Development Officer on 01463 811 560 or inverness@tcv.org.uk  Find out more on their website.

 

Trees for Life

Trees for Life volunteer

Trees for Life is Scotland's leading conservation volunteering charity. Founded in 1989, our vision is to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest to a spectacular wilderness region of 1,000 square miles of mountains and glens to the west of Loch Ness.


Trees for Life has planted over one million trees and has created 10,000 acres of new Caledonian Forest. Almost all of our conservation work is carried out by volunteers.  

Last year we planted our millionth tree and our new target is to establish a million more in the next five years – but we need your help! More

 

 

 

 

Whale and Dolphin ConservationWhale and Dolphin Conservation 

Whale and Dolphin Conservation run a visitor centre at Spey Bay -  the Scottish Dolphin Centre - and offer a range of volunteering opportunities, including environmental education, research and wildlife surveys, and visitor engagement. They also run the Shorewatch project, which trains and supports volunteers in collecting information about cetaceans from recognised Shorewatch sites around the Scottish coastline. For further information contact Kate Hannigan at the Scottish Dolphin Centre on 01343 820339 or email their field officer Charlie Phillips at charlie.phillips@whales.org 

Photograph by Alex Mitchell

 

Woodland Trust

Heritage researcher, path and trail maintenance, Volunteer Warden, volunteer speaker, visitor surveyor - the Woodland Trust has a range of volunteering opportunities to suit a range of experience and abilities on their website

Within Highland, Woodland Trust has sites near Carrbridge, Drumnadrochit, Dornoch, and Uig with opportunities on each site.  For any information, please contact the North Scotland Site Manager on 0343 770 5483.

If you are interested in getting longer term training the Woodland Trust also provides some internships.

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