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Click here to view the current volunteer opportunities with the National Trust for Scotland. We offer a variety of volunteering roles throughout the country, depending on your experience, interests and circumstances.
The Trust has many volunteer options available. This can range from Full-Time volunteering placements to 2 hours a week. Have a look at our current opportunities for an idea of types of placements available.
No, volunteering is open to everyone. However, if you are interested in finding out more about membership and the benefits it brings, click here.
The National Trust for Scotland owns 129 properties across Scotland and 76,000 hectares of land. Volunteering opportunities, therefore, can be spread far and wide. Please have look at the current list of opportunities to see if there are positions in your area.
Some voluntary positions will require specialised knowledge and experience. Specific information for each vacancy can be seen in our opportunities page, click here to search. For many positions we ask simply that you are enthusiastic to learn, meet new people and discover new experiences. You can learn more by reading our introduction to volunteering.
Yes, we will provide training where it is necessary for the volunteer position.
All volunteers and staff are covered by the National Trust for Scotland's insurance while engaged in voluntary work or associated activities connected with the Trust.
You can apply anytime throughout the year but it is important to remember that many of our properties close during the winter months. Please click here to see our current opportunities. Conservation Volunteers meet frequently throughout the year for projects and social outings. It is also worth noting that our extremely popular Thistle Camps only operate from March to November. Brochures are usually available in January.
We are unable to offer accommodation with the majority of volunteer positions. Thistle Camps, as working holidays, provide accommodation at the property. Accommodation is also offered for Conservation Volunteer weekend projects.
Volunteering will not affect any benefits you may claim. However, if you have any queries please contact us.
If you cannot see a vacancy on our opportunities page that interests you but would still like to volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland, please register with the site to receive updates. If you are interested in a specialist volunteer placement please contact us with further information about your relevant skills and experience. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
Yes. We have a wide range of commitments available for volunteers, from event volunteers to weekend Conservation Volunteers. Please explore the site to find out which opportunity best suits you, or have a look at our current opportunities.
We welcome all prospective volunteers. In recent years we have worked predominantly with partner organisations and schools throughout the world, with great success.
We ask that all volunteers have a high standard of spoken English and, for office based positions, a high standard of written English is also required. Volunteers from outwith the European Union may require a visa to volunteer in the UK. We cannot offer any advice about visas for volunteering in the UK, but please visit www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration for more information on UK visas.
It is also important to note that we cannot provide accommodation with the majority of our volunteer positions, and cannot offer any help towards travel costs and/or living expenses.
Click here to learn more about how your company can become involved in a Corporate Challenge with the National Trust for Scotland. You can also support the Trust by taking out a Corporate Membership. More information can be found here.Alternatively contact us to discuss further options.
Please look at our Community Partnership pages to see examples of youth and community work within the National Trust for Scotland. You can also support the trust by taking out an Educational Membership, more information can be found here. Alternatively contact us to discuss further options.
Yes, with a minimum time of six weeks, although most placements are between 8 to 12 weeks. Over the past years, we have been able to offer successfull unpaid internship placements for both national and international students. These internships took place in various departments or properties, including outdoor conservation, gardening, research, administration and guiding, and are arranged to take account of the needs of the Trust and the student. Please check our current volunteering opportunities first to see whether your field of interest is included. If not, please send us a short introductory letter and your CV and we will try to find a suitable placement. However, we cannot guarantee that we will have a suitable placement at the time of the application.
Please note that unfortunately we are not able to provide any financial support or accommodation. All interns have to fund their travel expenses, day-to-day living costs and accommodation by themselves (overseas students also need to apply for a visa). Additional funding may be obtained by student grants or scholarships, such as for example the LEONARDO scholarship for students from Europe.
Volunteering on St Kilda is coordinated through our Inverness office - you can find more details regarding visiting and volunteering on the island at the St Kilda website under Visiting St Kilda then Work Parties. Applications for the summer season usually open in the previous November.