Frequently asked questions
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How do I apply to become a volunteer?
If you are responding to an advertised Volunteer Role, complete the Expression of Interest Form and return it to the address given on the Role. If you are applying speculatively, complete the Expression of Interest Form and return it to Volunteer@snh.gov.uk
We will see if we can match you with an available Volunteer Role. If there is no Role available we will keep the Expression of Interest Form on file for 6 months in case a suitable Role becomes available. (Please note that completing the Expression of Interest Form does not automatically make you a volunteer).
Will I be able to claim expenses?
For volunteers who are with us for over 5 days, we will pay travel expenses at a set rate up to a maximum of 50 miles (return journey) or public transport costs up to a maximum amount. More information can be provided on request.
What if I am under 18 years old?
Volunteering opportunities are very limited for under 18's for Health and Safety and Child Protection reasons.
Will I need to bring anything when I am volunteering?
The Volunteer Role Description will state if any equipment is required to be provided by the volunteer.
How will I get to the National Nature Reserve?
We will provide information about public transport. Depending on where you are coming from, we may be able to help arrange a car-share. However, for some sites public transport / car sharing will not be possible and you may need your own car to get there.
Do you accept volunteers from overseas?
There are no restrictions on volunteering if you come from the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA). If you come from outwith the EU/EEA certain conditions must be met and information is available about these on the Volunteer Development Scotland and Home Office websites.
How safe is environmental volunteering?
Health and Safety is everyone's responsibility. You will not be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable with, and your Supervisor will ensure that you are competent to carry out the tasks identified for you. A risk assessment will be carried out for every activity you are going to do, and training will be provided if required.
Can I volunteer if I am claiming jobseeker's allowance?
You are free to volunteer while you are receiving benefits as long as the work you do is unpaid, and you meet the rules of your benefit. Always check with your benefits adviser before you start volunteering. More information is on the direct.gov website.