Volunteering Opportunities

There are a range of ways to volunteer with Cairngorms Connect and opportunities vary from long term volunteer placements to regular work parties and family friendly drop in sessions.  We will post all upcoming opportunities on this webpage but you can also sign up to receive a newsletter from Cairngorms Volunteers here.  This is hosted by the Cairngorms National Park Authority and will keep you up to date with all the volunteering opportunities across the National Park.  

Each opportunity will have details on how to sign up to get involved:


Volunteer Visitor Experience Assistant ( × 2 ) at RSPB Scotland Abernethy Reserve

Apply by: 1st of March 2024, although applications are welcomed ASAP.
Location: RSPB Scotland Abernethy National Nature Reserve
Benefits: Self-catering accommodation is provided and bicycles are available to explore the local area.
Duration: 6 months, starting mid-March

RSPB Scotland are looking for two passionate and engaging volunteers who love nature and can share that love with others, enthusing visitors to protect nature. This role will be split between visitor experience at the Loch Garten Nature Centre (2 days per week), rangering on the wider reserve (2 days per week) and monitoring and practical work (1 day per week).

Through this role you will learn to engage and enthuse visitors about nature. You will have the opportunity and training to lead guided walks, use social media, carry out visitor patrols, support our wardening team with survey and practical work and promote membership. This role will give you the confidence and experience to develop a career in conservation. Self-catering accommodation is provided and bicycles are available to explore the local area. A valid driving license is preferable but not essential.

Click here for the full volunteer position description and details on how to apply.



Tree Nursery Volunteers 

We are looking for regular volunteers to help at our community tree nursery on RSPB Scotland's Abernethy Reserve.  

Tasks will vary throughout the year and are likely to include collecting and sowing seed, weeding and watering, mowing, pricking out seedlings, digging over beds, and planting trees out on the reserve.  All tools and gloves are provided.  No previous experience is necessary – just a willingness to learn and a passion for trees and the wider environment.

Find more information and sign up on the Cairngorms National Park website by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tree Nursery manager, David, at: 



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