Rum NNR - Getting involved

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



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

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.

We’re currently looking for help with:

  • managing and training stalking ponies
  • a range of estate management work
  • habitat and species monitoring and survey work

Call the reserve manager to find out how the role fits with your skills, what’s involved, how much time it will take, and what training may be offered.


Each year SNH 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