Rum NNR - Getting involved

Get involved as a volunteer at Rum. There are also opportunities for study and research.



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In line with current guidance from the Scottish Government, all volunteering activity is suspended unless it can be done safely whilst at home.

If you already volunteer with us your Volunteer Supervisor will be in touch once volunteering can get going again.

We are not currently taking new volunteers.


Why not join us as a volunteer at Rum NNR?  It's a great opportunity to work on a remote Highland reserve and gain valuable practical work experience.

We are looking for residential volunteers who truly care about the Scottish countryside to work on our NNRs who can commit to a minimum of 1 month.  In return, our volunteers get the chance to learn a whole manner of skills and experience working in the spectacular landscapes of Scotland.  The more time you stay with us the more jobs you will be likely to experience and the more you will learn.

There’s always a lot going on, and we would really value your help. You’ll get involved with a range of tasks – from practical estate management to survey and monitoring. 

You can find out more in our residential volunteering leaflet 'Your Nature'.  If you are interested in applying please fill in a Volunteer Expression of Interest Form, noting which reserve you are interested in working on and email the form to


Each year NatureScot offers a placement on Rum to a student from North Highland College, Thurso, or Scotland’s Rural College.

Applications for placements are coordinated by the colleges. Please contact your course tutor if you are interested. 


Reserves are used for a wide variety of research and survey projects, including individual informal surveys, student dissertations and academic study. We’re very keen to encourage this, as it adds to our understanding of the reserves and the wider natural heritage. We support research that is in line with the interests of the reserve.

More information

Please contact our reserve manager for more information about volunteering or research at Rum NNR.

Reserve manager: Lesley Watt
Tel: 0131 314 4181