There are many volunteering opportunities based 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

Visitor Centre Volunteers

Location: The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle

Looking for new skills & 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:

Mairi Buchanan, Visitor Services Supervisor Forestry Commission Scotland, Cowal & Trossachs Forest District, Aberfoyle, FK8 3UX.
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Wildlife Information Volunteers

Location: The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle

If you enjoy talking to people and enthusing them about wildlife, why not join the team of volunteers in the Wildlife Room at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre? 

An exciting joint project run by FCS and the RSPB has live camera links to a local osprey nest, a buzzard nest, a barn owl nest box plus additional cameras on red squirrel feeders and small bird nests. You can catch all the live action and help visitors understand our really special local wildlife.

Help is also required for wildlife events being staged at the The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre throughout the year.

Whatever your current skills and interest, get in touch and see if we have a volunteer opportunity for you!

For more information contact:

Lucy Tozer, Wildlife Information and Education Officer, RSPB & Forestry Commission Scotland, The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle
Tel: 07834 257 796
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Bailies of Bennachie

Location: 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 contact:

Mike Neely on 01467 629969. See also: http://www.bailiesofbennachie.co.uk/

Glasgow West and Renfrewshire volunteers

Looking for new skills and experience? Enjoy the woodland, learn new skills and be part of Forestry Commission Scotland's ever growing team of volunteers. Whatever your age, ability, or fitness level there are opportunities to volunteer with us.

If you would like an application pack please contact:

Helen Stewart, Forestry Commission Scotland, Caspian House, 2 Mariner Court, 8 South Avenue, Clydebank G81 2NR.
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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 up fortnightly on Saturdays at 9.00am.  It's a sociable way to give something back to the trails.

For more details:

Glentress Trailfairies information on the 7stanes website

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. .