Scottish Wildlife Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC005792

For around 60 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas.

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages over 100 wildlife reserves across Scotland.

Current opportunities

We have opportunities for you to help staff and long term volunteers on Handa by meeting the ferry, helping visitors onto the island, giving a short introductory talk including health & safety matters then ensuring all visitors are off the island at the end of the day. There may be the opportunity to undertake other practical or survey tasks if time allows, plus you will be required to help out with usual domestic duties that are required from living in a communal environment. We are looking for 2 volunteers each month between April – August (10 in total)

Our visitor centre is getting ready for the new osprey and visitor season and we are looking for volunteers for one or more of the following roles: Guide in the Hide volunteer – This role is perfect for volunteers with enthusiasm for birds and a desire to communicate this to visitors, providing them with a quality bird watching experience in our viewing hides overlooking the loch Visitor Centre Volunteer – This is a front of house type role, meeting visitors, making them feel welcome and ensuring they have an enjoyable visit to our centre. There are also retail and membership aspects to the opportunity. Reserve Maintenance Volunteer – Help keep the path network and access to the centre clear and safe for visitors. A more practical volunteer opportunity with less visitor engagement aspects.

This is an exciting and varied opportunity to live and work on this wonderful remote island. Work with our Handa Ranger staff undertaking a wide range of different tasks including seabird monitoring (kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills), practical work, landing and meeting visitors. What we are looking for: Experience of communal living ideally in a remote setting Someone who ‘wears well’ with others. The role requires a good level of health and fitness and a sense of humour Some fieldwork experience useful Self motivated & willingness to be flexible What you will get in return: A great work environment with fantastic views A great staff and volunteer team An unforgettable experience that is great for your CV Free onsite accommodation and subsistence allowance