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Information for volunteers

What would I be doing if I volunteer with Scottish Natural Heritage at a National Nature Reserve?

Volunteers help us with a range of activities.  These vary depending on the management requirements of the site, and the time of year, but can include things like

  • practical work, perhaps path maintenance, scrub clearance or litter picks
  • monitoring of particular habitats and species, perhaps of birds, butterflies or trees
  • working with the public, perhaps in a visitor centre or helping to lead groups.

How do I apply to be a volunteer?

Our Volunteers' Handbook  PDF document  gives more information.  To apply you need to complete the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form  PDF document , and return it to the noted contact. We will consider it, along with the others received and let you know if you are successful.

Frequently asked questions

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 anything needs 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 external site   and the UK Border Agency external site 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 gov external site .uk website.

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