Volunteering

There are many volunteering opportunities in Forestry Commission Scotland woodlands and forests, ranging from helping construct mountain bike trails to being a guide at an osprey project in the Scottish Borders.

Current volunteering opportunities

The Central Scotland Volunteer Community Champions Programme

Would you like to learn new woodland skills while helping people in your community? Working with the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO), we have developed a traning programme that will teach environmental, bushcraft and leadership skills, allowing you to gain new experiences and build new relationships whilst delivering woodland sessions to your community group.

For more details:Central Scotland engagement projects

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle

If you're looking for new skills and experience, how about volunteering at your local forest Visitor Centre?

At the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle, we are looking to add to our growing team of volunteers to help support the visitor experience by talking to visitors, providing information on trails, ensuring facilities are clean and litter free, helping out at events and assisting with monitoring the site and car park.

Get in touch and see what volunteer opportunities we have for you.

For an application pack please contact:

Nik Harris, Visitor Services Supervisor, Forestry Commission Scotland, Cowal & Trossachs Forest District, Aberfoyle, FK8 3UX.
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Galloway Forest Park

If you're looking for new skills and experience, how about volunteering at your local forest Visitor Centre?

In the Galloway Forest Park, south west Scotland, we are looking to add to our growing team of volunteers. The Visitor Engagement Volunteer role is designed to help support the visitor experience by undertaking a variety of tasks including talking to visitors, providing information on trails, ensuring facilities are clean and litter free, helping out at events and assisting with monitoring the site and car park.

For more information and an application pack please contact our Volunteer Manager:

Phone: 0300 067 6800
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Bailies of Bennachie, Aberdeenshire

On the first Saturday of every month the Bailies of Bennachie run work parties on the hill to undertake work such as footpath maintenance, removal of rhododendron from native woodlands, archaeological survey work and more.

For more details: Bailies of Bennachie

Glentress 'trailfairies' - volunteer trail building and maintenance team

The Glentress Trailfairies are volunteers who help out with maintenance work on the existing mountain bike trails and hand-build new sections of singletrack at Glentress Forest. They meet fortnightly on Saturdays at 9.00am. It's a fun and sociable way to give something back to the trails.

For more details: Glentress Trailfairies on Facebook

Tweed Valley Osprey Project

If you're interested in helping out with the Tweed Valley Osprey Watch, contact the Dumfries and Borders District office.

Trees for Life - Conservation Holidays and Conservation Days

Trees for Life is a charity working to restore Caledonian forest to 1000 square miles of the Highlands west of Inverness.  They run conservation holidays at a number of Forestry Commission Scotland sites across the Highlands, including Glen Affric, Glen Moriston, Glen Garry, Achnashellach and Skye

Volunteers participate in a wide variety of tasks, including tree planting, removal of non-native species and nursery work such as mulching, potting and seed sorting. Accommodation, meals and all transport is provided. 

For further details, to view availability or to book a holiday: www.treesforlife.org.uk/tfl.ww.html.

They also run conservation days for those who would like to volunteer for a single day. For further details please contact call 01309 691444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .