Practical Workdays: Scotland

view of the loch at Glenfinnan (image: Tom Ross / pixabay)

Spend a day or more helping to manage an area, conserve a species, improve habitats; learn the necessary skills 'on the job' and help make a difference. All events are for one day unless otherwise specified. Also have a look at the Volunteer Opportunities or Voluntary Organisations pages.

Organisations offering practical work days in Scotland: this area covers all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland.

Please remember to contact only the organisation or person specified and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.

Butterfly Conservation Scotland

 is the charity taking action to protect butterflies, moths and our environment.

Eadha Enterprises

is a social enterprise based in Renfrewshire undertaking work throughout West Central Scotland and sometimes further afield - mainly tree planting but also woodland management and rewilding. We also maintain a small specialist nursery near Bishopton where we grow rare native trees and plants and also run volunteering sessions at that. Volunteering is largely only open to over 18s. However we can cater for groups including school children. Contact:

Friends of Craigtoun Park

Volunteers can get involved in a variety of activities such as tractor driving, cafe assistance, gardening, painting, maintenance, fund raising and even face painting! We have several larger projects that will require some project management and lots of hands on work.

Friends of Duthie Park

Duthie Park & Winter Gardens, Aberdeen Whether you already have greenfingers, want to learn new skills or give something back to the community; join our Park Force volunteers or Friends of Duthie Park and help conserve this iconic green space. Contact Arthur Gill: 01224 585310

Knockengorroch CIC

Work on our smallholding in preparation for our annual May music festival. We regularly run 2 work weeks per year in April and September which involve site maintenance and prep: building work, fencing, painting, sorting, cooking, gardening, sewing, digging, woodworking and so on...All meals provided.

National Trust for Scotland

Volunteering doesn’t have to be a slog – we’ve got a wide range of projects across Scotland that are suited to all ages. So whether you’re passionate about local gardening or fascinated by Scotland’s history, we have a range of roles in different locations with time commitments to suit you.


Volunteer with NatureScot at a National Nature Reserve. Volunteers help us with a range of activities. These vary depending on the management requirements of the site, and the time of year, but can include things like: practical work, monitoring of particular habitats and species & working with the public. 

Find out more about volunteering on NNR's here and volunteering at

North Ronaldsay Trust

Help rebuild the Grade A listed dry stone wall to protect North Ronaldsay's  seaweed-eating sheep! 13 mile long dry stone wall battered by storms. Tasks include: dry stone walling, installing and repairing livestock fencing, assisting with sheep management (dependant on time of year), on the most Northerly Orkney island.

Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland

Conservation Volunteering opportunities in The Cairngorms National Park and beyond on upland paths. Repairing erosion and maintaining popular mountain routes is essential and days involve learning new skills, meeting new people and a good walk! Volunteer days run throughout the year, no pathwork experience needed and equipment is provided.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Becoming a volunteer can be a fantastic and flexible way of going that extra step for Scotland’s wildlife. Our volunteering opportunities range from admin support in one of our offices, to getting your hands dirty on one of our reserves. Find an opportunity perfect for you on

The Conservation Volunteers

organise Biodiversity Action Teams in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Forth Valley, plus other volunteer groups and nature-based activities in locations across Central Scotland. TCV participants enhance their local greenspaces and habitats whilst improving their own skills, health and wellbeing. It’s rewarding and fun! Details at

Trees for Life

is rewilding the Scottish Highlands. Rewilding can play a crucial role in reversing the effects of the climate emergency and biodiversity collapse. At Dundreggan and in collaboration with partners across the Highlands, Trees for Life are working to create the conditions in which wildlife can flourish and communities can thrive. See:

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