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Voluntary Opportunities: Scotland

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Scotland voluntary vacancies: all of Scotland, including the Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland.

   

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JOB: Conservation Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Grangemouth (covering East Central Scotland)
PAY: 0
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Any day Monday to Thursday. You are free to choose your commitment but if you volunteer, you must be available for a full day. A varied range of outdoor practical tasks on our nature reserves such as grassland, woodland & peat bog management.   Travel from Grangemouth to the work sites & back is provided. You should be interested in the environment & in carrying out physical work outdoors sometimes in poor weather. Willing to work as part of a team.   Information from pgilbert@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

JOB: Residential Volunteers - NNRs in the Scottish Highlands
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Creag Meagaidh NNR; Beinn Eighe NNR and Rum NNR
PAY: Accommodation and training
FOR: Scottish Natural Heritage

1 to 6 months (restricted to max 3 months for EU citizens). The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their breath-taking scenery & nature.  Residential volunteering opportunities are available now for our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) for committed people who can stay for 1 to 6 months. Previous experience isn’t necessary but the longer you stay the more you’ll learn & you’ll gain a better understanding of what we do. This is an excellent chance to gain practical work experience, make new friends, & improve your CV.  See our volunteering leaflet: https://c-js.co.uk/2Cl6NhB. Volunteers should bring an enthusiasm for nature & eagerness to learn new skills as to keep our NNRs in good condition, we need help with a variety of estate work & tasks including working with livestock (Highland cattle & ponies); deer management; fixing paths, woodland management; species & habitat monitoring including butterfly, moth or rare bird counts; welcoming & helping visitors to our reserves, & connect people with nature. Send your initial enquiry to volunteer@nature.scot citing Alison Rowe (Beinn Eighe NNR) Linda Simpson (Creag Meagaidh NNR) Lesley Watt (Rum NNR) for further information on the reserve you are interested in.

JOB: Cycle Ride Leader/Assistant
BE4: 31/3/20
IV:
LOC: Kirkcaldy
PAY: Training and reasonable expenses
FOR: Greener Kirkcaldy

Greener Kirkcaldy runs activities encouraging people to walk and cycle more. We are looking to create a network of volunteers to run and assist with cycle rides across Kirkcaldy. Rides will vary from 2-14 miles in length. Volunteers can run activities for their own communities, groups or organisations, or assist with our public rides. We're looking for a team of committed volunteers to lead (or assist with) bike rides, carry out basic bike safety checks, make people feel welcome, encourage less confident cyclists and promote cycling as a mode of transport. Volunteers can also plan routes and carry out risk assessments if they would like to. Volunteers will need a bike in good working order, basic cycling skills and the ability to cycle at least four miles. Good communication skills and reliability are also important. We ask a regular commitment of at least once a month. Contact susan@greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk or on 01592 858458 for more information.

JOB: Education Officer
BE4: June 2020
IV: --
LOC: Falkirk & Stirling
PAY: Training & travel expenses
FOR: Under The Trees Ltd

An exciting opportunity to join Under the Trees team. Working in the beautiful outdoors whilst gaining experience working with and supporting children and young people. Under the Trees run fun educational outdoor sessions for children and young people. We operate within the Falkirk and Stirling areas and our sessions are outdoors. A Volunteer Education Officer will assist in planning and implementing outdoor sessions including school sessions, family events and nature clubs. Volunteers will be responsible for assisting in maintaining a safe and tidy environment and assisting the staff member. Volunteers are required to have good communication skills, be able to work on their own initiative and have an active and enthusiastic approach. Approx 5 hpw for 1 year. Benefits include training opportunities including child protection, 1 to 1 support and travel expenses. A Disclosure check will be required. Email interest to lesley@underthetrees.co.uk www.underthetrees.co.uk. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

JOB: Volunteer Countryside Ranger x 3
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Glencoe, Scotland
PAY: Shared accommodation & on-the-job training
FOR: National Trust for Scotland

23 March 2020 to end of October. In these exciting opportunities, you will learn about practical countryside management as part of the Ranger team. Tasks may include footpath maintenance, tree nursery work, ecological surveys and visitor engagement (e.g. leading walks and visiting schools). Applicants available for the whole season will be favoured. Some relevant knowledge and experience are expected, but a passion for wildlife and a willingness to learn are essential. Volunteer Rangers must be able to work under their own initiative and have good communication skills. Strenuous hill walking and working outdoors in all weathers are part of the roles. You should be happy working and living in a remote place. A full clean driving licence is required. The positions are subject to a Disclosure Scotland (PVG) check. Please contact James Banks: jbanks@nts.org.uk or 01855 812018 for further details. https://www.nts.org.uk/volunteering/opportunities/.  

JOB: Handa Long-Term Volunteer x 3
BE4: 10-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Handa Island, Sutherland
PAY:
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We currently have three different residential opportunities on Handa Island lasting from 15 to 23 weeks (Volunteer Assistant Ranger, Volunteer Seabird Monitoring, Volunteer Skua Fieldworker) giving you an exciting opportunity to live on a remote island and learn how our wildlife reserve is managed and to monitor the vast seabird colonies. You will have the chance to assist the Ranger with practical tasks, landing visitors and seabird monitoring. Placements on Handa are widely recognised as important field experience and provide excellent networking opportunities with Trust and RSPB staff, and several seabird researchers. Many former volunteers have gone on to paid employment on Handa and other reserves, and the majority are now employed full-time within the conservation or academic sectors. An interest in wildlife; good level of health and fitness; flexible attitude towards working hours and communal living; enjoy the outdoors; practical experience with a variety of hand tools; good communication skills. Please see: https://c-js.co.uk/2CbvDQs

JOB: Education Assistant (Volunteer)
BE4: 26-01-2020
IV: 07-01-2020
LOC: Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland
PAY: Training, project associated expenses
FOR: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

HWDT are looking for an enthusiastic individual to deliver marine education in schools across the west coast of Scotland.

Highlights include: Two weeks teaching and living on our floating classroom and research yacht. Travel across the Hebrides, delivering interactive sessions to a range of ages. Responsibility and support to design, develop and pilot your own lesson and resources for schools. 22.5 hrs per week, 30/03/2020 - 02/10/2020. Full role description at https://hwdt.org/volunteering.

JOB: Sustrans Schools Cycling Volunteers – I Bike Scotland
BE4: Ongoing
IV:
LOC: Various across Scotland
PAY: Training*
FOR: Sustrans Scotland

Are you passionate about cycling and walking and would like to help inspire young people to be more active? We're currently looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer with our fantastic I Bike schools projects in Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Dumfries; Edinburgh; Inverness; Perth & West Lothian. You would be supporting activities for children aimed at encouraging more cycling, walking and scooting. What could be better than helping children to ride their bike without stabilisers for the first time! You don't need to be an expert cyclist - we're looking for people who are enthusiastic, committed, reliable, patient and good communicators. We offer an induction and training package for volunteers to develop your confidence in working alongside our I Bike officers in schools. We also provide regular support and opportunities to socialise with other I Bike volunteers, and you will be part of the wider Sustrans volunteering network. *All training provided, including Cycle Ride Leader, bike maintenance and NSPCC Child Protection. Time commitment: at least once a month. Please contact annie.cousins@sustrans.org.uk for more information or visit https://c-js.co.uk/36AOtOH.

JOB: 1 Month Volunteer Position
BE4: N / A
IV:
LOC: NTS Ben Lomond
PAY: Accomm & work related travel expenses
FOR: National Trust for Scotland

The NTS Ranger at Ben Lomond is looking for assistance over the month of February, with a range of outdoor tasks including hill fencing, path maintenance, and setting up a tree nursery for the Lower Ptarmigan Woodland Project. There will also be the chance to contribute to indoor based tasks in bad weather, and you may also be asked to help cover guest arrivals for our bunkhouse on occasion. Experience not necessary, but a fair level of fitness essential, and lots of enthusiasm welcome! You'll get an opportunity to find out all about the conservation work at Ben Lomond, and pick up some useful skills along the way. All enquiries to: aeckersall@nts.org.uk or phone 01360 870224/ 07825 204221.

JOB: Handa Beach Cleaning Volunteers
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV: --
LOC: Handa Island, Sutherland
PAY: Accommodation provided
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Calling litter pickers! Spend a week clearing Handa’s beaches. 2 volunteers required per week 11-18 April & 18-21 April. Live & work on a small, remote highland island and bring your enthusiasm & good humour! Must be happy living and working in a remote, close knit setting and must be prepared for poor weather! Please see https://c-js.co.uk/35JAVz3.

JOB: Residential Volunteer Species Protection Officer x 2
BE4: 31-01-2020
IV: 10-02-2020
LOC: Loch of The Lowes, Perthshire
PAY: Accommodation provided
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

We are looking for two residential volunteers to assist at our Osprey Protection Programme at Loch of the Lowes. This is a great opportunity to join the team at this busy wildlife reserve at a very exciting time of the year. You will be given the chance to learn all about our ospreys and other wildlife with opportunities to develop new skills and experience, whilst giving valuable support to the Scottish Wildlife Trust. This is a live in position and you must be able to commit for the full duration of the breeding season. Occasional unsociable hours may be required. Please see https://c-js.co.uk/2QGpEeU for more details.

JOB: Handa Volunteers
BE4: 03-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Handa Island, Sutherland
PAY: Accommodation provided
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Our 2020 season is ready for volunteers! Live & work on a small, remote highland island and bring your enthusiasm & good humour! We are looking for 2 volunteers per week to meet a succession of visitor boats and give short introductory talks to visitors. Season lasts from 28 March to 5 September. You must be prepared to work exclusively on the boats for the full week and must be prepared for the physical nature of steadying a boat in shallow water. You should be happy living and working in a remote, close knit setting. Please see https://c-js.co.uk/35JAVz3.

JOB: District Volunteer
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Opportunities across Scotland
PAY: Training, garden visits
FOR: Scotland's Gardens Scheme

Our District Volunteers help our District Organisers and Garden Openers to open private gardens to the public for charity. This is a varied role that includes helping at gardens with admissions, teas, signage and car parking on the day of the opening, as well as publicity beforehand. It's a great opportunity to support different charities, build new relationships, develop your gardening knowledge and visit beautiful gardens. We offer training and support, regional meetings and the opportunity to attend our National Conference. 2-4 hpw. Please contact Julie Golding. 0131 226 3714 julie@scotlandsgardens.org.

JOB: Long Term Volunteer Ranger
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Isle of Eigg
PAY: Accommodation & some expenses
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

A four month opportunity to seriously boost your experience, knowledge, career prospects and to experience the culture and unforgettable nature of living on a small island. Undertake a range of tasks and work closely with the seasonal ranger, deputising where necessary. Commitment, previous experience of wildlife monitoring all useful, as is first aid. Most tasks are outdoor, practical and many are physical. Please see our volunteer page https://c-js.co.uk/2uDiUWm.

JOB: Volunteer Ranger Assistants
BE4: 16-02-2020
IV:
LOC: Isle of Eigg
PAY: Accommodation
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Spend a month on Eigg working with the seasonal ranger on a variety of practical, surveying & visitor engagement tasks. We are looking for volunteers from May to August to live & work on the island. Great opportunity to boost your CV or to undertake worthwhile tasks in a “get away from it all” location. Must be able to commit to 4 weeks and be willing to live & work with fellow volunteers in shared accommodation. Must be committed to nature conservation. Tasks are mostly outdoors and can be physical. Please see our volunteer page https://c-js.co.uk/35RbLi4.

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Scottish Borders
PAY: 0
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with the Scottish Borders red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Berwickshire, Teviot & Rule, Upper Tweed Valley & the surrounding areas. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the networks & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. Further information & to download application form: https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.

JOB: Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels - Volunteer Grey Squirrel Control Officers
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Dumfries & Galloway
PAY: 0
FOR: Scottish Wildlife Trust

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway’s red squirrel networks to deliver red squirrel conservation in Annandale, Gatehouse, Glenkens, Kirkcudbright, Lower-Nithsdale, Mid-Nithsdale, & the Solway Forests. Together they utilise targeted grey squirrel control to prevent replacement of red squirrels by the invasive non-native grey squirrels. The control is delivered by a combination of project staff, landowners funded via The Forestry Grant Scheme, & volunteers, all trapping grey squirrels in carefully chosen project areas. You’ll be an ambassador for the network & the project, providing support to existing volunteers, project staff & partner organisations to deliver the project’s aims across the area. What we are looking for is someone with availability over a period of time, able to offer 4 days per month & enthusiastic about protecting red squirrels. For further information & to download application form visit https://c-js.co.uk/2QPvSWR. Please send completed application forms to squirrels@scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk.