Have you ever thought you’d like to volunteer for the National Trust for Scotland? They have a number of opportunities for willing individuals.
A Conservation Volunteer would be employed to carry out conservation work for the NTS and there are 5 groups in operation at the moment: Glasgow, Grampian, Highland, Lothian and Tayside. If you are over 18 years of age and enjoy working outdoors, you can complete the application form and send it off. You will gain the experience of learning new skills such as drystane dyking, footpath construction and woodland management.
If you are interested in a general volunteer position, have a look on their website and there is an assortment of jobs listed. Here’s one if you enjoy Victorian gardens and it looks like there may even be free accommodation included.
Garden Assistant, Angus
The Victorian Gardens at House of Dun in Angus are a beautiful feature of this fascinating property. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the care and maintenance of these gardens and estate. This would be a perfect opportunity for someone interested in learning more about outdoor heritage work, or interested in starting or returning to a career in gardens. Experience with gardens preferred but training given.
Free bunkhouse style accommodation may be provided. Volunteering applications will be considered all year round.
To assist in the care and maintenance of one of the National Trust for Scotland’s gardens. To promote the garden and the work of the National Trust for Scotland to visitors
To work as part of a team with other volunteers and staff within the garden, carrying out a range of tasks involved in the maintenance of the garden, including weeding, edging lawns, painting and pruning. After training, there may also be opportunities to work with garden machinery, such as strimmers and hedgetrimmers, etc.
A link person will be nominated to carry out induction training and provide ongoing support.
An interest in gardening and enthusiasm for gardening is essential. An ability to relate well with people from a range of backgrounds. An ability to work with minimum supervision. Knowledge of the work of the National Trust for Scotland would be an advantage.