Volunteering with NatureScot

Volunteering is a great way to help improve Scotland’s outdoors, learn new skills and inspire others.

Welcome to our Volunteering page

Why Volunteer?

NatureScot offers people who truly care about the Scottish countryside many opportunities to work with us and our partners to help improve our natural environment and inspire others to care about it. We recognise that volunteers can significantly add value to the work we do whilst learning new skills and knowledge, improving their health and wellbeing and meeting new friends. Our aim is to develop a vibrant culture of environmental volunteering in Scotland.

Who can Volunteer?

Volunteering with NatureScot is open to all. Whether short or long-term, Volunteer placements are made on the basis of the suitability of the volunteer to carry out the particular role and the capacity of NatureScot staff to supervise the volunteer properly. We have no upper age limit and recognise the valuable contribution made by older volunteers, in terms of knowledge and experience.

Where can I Volunteer?

Most of our volunteering takes place at our beautiful National Nature Reserves (NNRs). These vary depending on the management requirements of the site and the time of year, but can include things like:

  • 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
  • practical work, perhaps path maintenance, scrub clearance or litter picks.

We hope that you will consider volunteering with NatureScot, and that if you do your time will be rewarding and productive.

To find out more information including volunteering roles available, and who to contact, please read our Volunteering Handbook. If what you read interests you, let us know that you’d like to become a volunteer by filling in our Volunteer Expression of Interest form emailing your completed form to [email protected].

Meet our Volunteers

Kirsten Brewster shares her experience of volunteering on the reserve


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