Volunteer FAQs

Want to know more? Here are some frequently asked questions about volunteering with the Trust.

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, get in touch with us by emailing

Do I need to be a member of the Trust to be a volunteer?

No, volunteering is open to everyone.

How much time do I have to give?

There are many different ways you can volunteer with us and many of our roles are flexible. If you want to offer a whole day every week, great! If you can offer a few hours once a month, that’s also great. It all depends on the role you want to do. Have a look at our volunteering opportunities for an idea of the types of roles available and the commitment asked for, or contact the place where you would like to volunteer for more information.

Where can I volunteer?

The Trust cares for over 90 places across Scotland and 76,000 hectares of land. Volunteering opportunities can be spread far and wide. Please have a look at our volunteer opportunities, or contact your local property, to see if there are positions available in your area.

Do I need special skills to volunteer?

Some roles require specialised knowledge and experience. However, often we ask simply that you are enthusiastic to learn, to meet new people and share our organisational values.

I’m under 18, can I volunteer?

Absolutely. We are very keen for young people to volunteer with us! Sometimes there are restrictions on what you are able to do and you might need parental/ carer permission: check with the property you’re interested in volunteering with.

I have a health condition/disability – can I volunteer?

We want volunteering with the Trust to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. If you have any specific support needs, or adjustments that would help you to volunteer, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to have a chat with you to see what’s possible.

Will I receive an induction and training?

Yes, we will provide you with an induction to your role and training where it is necessary.

What about insurance?

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.

When can I apply?

You can apply any time throughout the year, but it is important to remember that many Trust places close during the winter months.

Will I be interviewed?

Most volunteering roles do not need a formal interview. However, we do want to make sure that you know what is expected in the role you are applying for, and that you are right for the role, so you will probably be invited to come in for a chat. Some places also offer taster sessions or shadowing so you can get to see what the role involves before committing.

Is accommodation offered?

We are unable to offer accommodation.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

Volunteering is unlikely to affect any benefits, but please do speak with your benefits advisor to check whether there are any restrictions relating to the particular benefit you are receiving.

Do you still offer Working Holidays (Thistle Camps)?

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer working holidays. One of our weekend Regional Volunteer Groups may be of interest to you – for more information, contact your local property who will be able to put you in touch with the regional organiser.

Are there more positions available to volunteers than are currently advertised?

If you cannot see a role profile among our volunteer opportunities that interests you, please get in touch with your local property who may be able to help.

I live overseas and would like to volunteer with the Trust. Is this possible?

This might be possible, depending on any conditions on your visa. It is important to note that we cannot provide accommodation and cannot offer any help towards travel costs or living expenses.

I have more questions!

Please either get in touch by emailing or contact your local property directly and they will do their best to help.