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Take a peek at conservation volunteers in action at Kintail.

Get involved!
There are a several ways to volunteer with the
National Trust for Scotland - and to become
involved in caring for Scotland’s heritage.
Some Trust sites can arrange Work Experience with your school - though it depends on staff capacity at the site (because you need someone who can work with you) and the requirements of a department (some need specialist skills or equipment).

It's also possible, at some sites, to arrange a volunteer work placement as part of an Award scheme - for instance, the Duke of Edinburgh or John Muir Awards.

Our ranger/naturalist and learning teams, and some of our conservation teams, have all worked with secondary school pupils. There also may be an opportunity to gain experience in our shops, restaurants or gardens.

If you are interested, get in touch with (or ask your school/parent/guardian to contact) your local Trust site and make enquiries. (You can also contact the Trust area offices.) Remember to be quite clear about your requirements.

The Trust runs Trailblazer Camps especially for 16 and 17 year olds, at some of our sites. These week-long conservation camps tackle a variety of projects such as footpath maintenance, dyking, and woodland or grassland management.

You will work with qualified conservationists and be expected to take your duties seriously. But you’ll be in amazingly beautiful places – and there’ll still be lots of time for fun!

The residential Thistle Camps are designed to appeal to adults of all ages. You can choose between activities involving conservation or archaeology. Be aware that a reasonable level of fitness is required for most of them!

You'll work with professionals and learn a great deal, and, of course, there’ll be time for you to relax and get to know everyone, each evening.

The NTS Conservation Volunteers have groups across Scotland that are open to everyone aged over 18. No experience is needed but you should be reasonably fit and enjoy working outdoors.

The CVs carry out practical conservation projects at Trust sites, usually lasting one-day or a weekend. All weekend projects are free, with food, accommodation and transport provided.

By joining the CVs, you will work alongside the Trust Rangers and other staff. The teams work hard but have a lot of fun too. You will learn new practical skills and increase your understanding of conservation issues.

For more information about volunteering with the Trust

Goto Volunteering section online here -

Check out the Trailblazer and Thistle Camps here -

Contact the NTS Volunteering Department

Tel: 0844 493 2407

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