Environmental conservation

  • VO80944
  • Suitable for groups, One-off volunteering


Do you like spending time beside the river? Would you like to discover more locations along the river?
We undertake a range of invasive plant control activities along the Deveron, Bogie and Isla rivers. These activities include digging out giant hogweed, spraying herbicide on giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed, cutting down flowering giant hogweed, pulling/scything Himalayan balsam and stem injecting Japanese knotweed.

All PPE, tools and training are provided and volunteers are under constant supervision. You will be working alongside a Deveron, Bogie & Isla Rivers Trust employee and can be picked up and taken to the site. Duration and frequency of volunteering is flexible and refreshments are provided!

The opportunity is available in the following postcode areas:

  • AB55 Keith
  • AB54 Huntly
  • AB53 Turriff

Organisation aims and objectives

The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative aims to establish and support a network of local organisations and volunteers to engage with their local river environment and implement community-based, strategic invasive non-native species management over approximately 29,500 sq km of northern Scotland. The Trust is the Aberdeenshire partner organisation delivering awareness and engagement activities about the freshwater environment and the management of INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species). The Trust undertakes practical management of INNS, biological surveys, education and outreach activities and provides training and support to encourage others to contribute to INNS management.










Each volunteering event will last at least 2 hours but the role is very flexible and the duration/regularity can increase/decrease according to the volunteer’s circumstances.


Experience required: An enthusiasm for nature and spending time outdoors would be useful. The role requires a certain level of fitness and ability to work on uneven ground.
Travel details: Most commonly the volunteer can be picked up from near to home.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers usually won’t need to incur travel expenses, if they have to they can be reimbursed.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: If a volunteer is interested we can meet up individually and the role will be fully explained/demonstrated.
Training details: All volunteer opportunities will take place alongside a staff member and so training/support will be ongoing.

Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.