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.

Wild about Glasgow

Glasgow Museums BRC holds data for Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and Argyll & Bute. We are always keen to receive biological records from within these areas.

Butterfly Conservation Scotland

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

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


are running several practical conservation days around sites in Paisley as part of Renfrewshire Living Waters to enhance and maintain wetland areas. Tools provided and no experience required. Contact for more information on dates / locations.

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.


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.

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 both of Scotland's National Parks through The Mountains and The People Project. Conservation days run throughout the year and include upland path maintenance and erosion control, dry stone wall building, invasive species control and much more.


is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We advertise volunteer vacancies in schools & communities and hold volunteer events on the National Cycle Network. See the Volunteer Vacancy and Events pages of our website.

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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