Spend a day or more helping to manage an area, conserve a species, improve habitats and learn the necessary skills 'on the job'. All events are for one day unless otherwise specified. Also have a look at the Volunteer Opportunities or Voluntary Organisations pages.
Events happening 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.
Canal & River Trust
Life is better by water - help us look after our wonderful waterways, and inspire others. With roles nationwide from fixing towpaths to moving workboats, helping boats through locks to engaging museum visitors, and cataloguing canal heritage to planning their future, there's bound to be something rewarding for you
Conservation, community growing, community art and woodwork recycling & community cleanup volunteer sessions run in Buckhaven & Methil from Tuesdays to Fridays every week (9.30 - 12.30 then 1.15 - 3.30), which can include special training or projects. No prior skills needed. Volunteering indoors in media & comms, office & admin tasks. For more information tel 01592 715021/713078 or www.facebook.com/ClearFife/
Conservation Volunteers Australia
has programs Australia-wide, every week of the year! Join us for tree planting, wildlife recovery, walking tracks, weed control, seed collection etc. Coastal areas, deserts, National Parks, World Heritage areas - we go to the best places!
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.
Whether you are interested as an individual or a business, volunteering is a great way to boost your skills at the same time as making a real difference to communities.
Inland Waterways Association (IWA)
leads campaigns to conserve, maintain and restore Britain’s waterways network. IWA works with various organisations to keep all our waterways alive. There are a huge number of opportunities to get involved with IWA’s work including practical cleanup the canal work parties and committee positions, visit the website for more information.
involves around 2000 volunteers in a wide variety of roles from scientific surveying to enthusing visitors on National Nature Reserves, from education and outreach to practical habitat management. We can also offer corporate volunteering tasks on some of our National Nature Reserves giving employers and their staff the opportunity to try team building with a difference. Contact
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.
Scottish Natural Heritage
Volunteer with Scottish Natural Heritage 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.
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.
The British Dragonfly Society (BDS)
is a volunteer-led society with over 1700 members, which aims to promote and support the conservation of dragonflies and their wetland habitats. Visit the website for information of dragonflies and their habitats, as well as volunteer opportunities in outreach, recording and practical habitat management.
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
is a national community volunteering charity whose vision is to create happier, healthier communities. We work with people, communities and partners to deliver practical actions that have an impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.
Trees for Life
is an award-winning charity working to restore the native Caledonian Forest and its unique wildlife to the spectacular Highlands of Scotland, including to its 10,000-acre Dundreggan Conservation Estate. The charity’s work is about people as much as places. Much of our work is carried out by volunteers. See
Waterway Recovery Group
helps restore the derelict canals of England and Wales by volunteering with WRG. Weekend and weeklong volunteering - heritage skills, lock restoration, machine operation and vegetation clearance work. Costs £10 per day includes food & accommodation. More details contact us on 01494 783 453 or go to our website
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF UK)
is all about helping out on organic farms in return for food, accommodation & knowledge exchange. It’s a great way to meet likeminded souls, reconnect with the earth & learn about farming, animal husbandry & more sustainable ways of living