Volunteer with us

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in conservation, whatever your background, skills and aspirations. People volunteer for various reasons, such as gaining work experience, having a working holiday, meeting like minded people or getting active in the outdoors.  It offers opportunities to learn, enjoy and gain experience in several different fields, all whilst contributing to the conservation of nature, wildlife and ecosystems. 

Here in the Flow Country, the Flows to the Future Project and the RSPB are able to offer several ways to get involved, with more roles in development for the future.  We also offer work experience opportunities for young people.


Current roles


Visitor Experience Volunteer - long term placement (March - September 2019 or March - mid June / Mid June - September)



We are looking for an enthusiastic residential volunteer to join our team to help us engage with a wide range of people and raise awareness of the global importance of the peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland known as The Flow Country.

Click here for the role description 



 Short term volunteering

We are also looking for short term volunteers throughout the winter. This opportunity will be for a minimum of two weeks and will involve similar work to that of the long term opportunity. Dates currently available are from early October 2018 - February 2019. 

The role description is available here:  Short term

David Jarrett

Former volunteer David Jarrett

Residential volunteer opportunities are advertized on the RSPB website.

David Jarrett, former residential volunteer says:

‘I had a fantastic time volunteering at Forsinard, surveying some of our most iconic birds and taking part in genuine conservation work in a unique landscape.  I've never learnt so many new things so quickly, and I also gained the skills and experience I needed to begin a career working in conservation. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to volunteer at Forsinard, I would definitely recommend it!’ 

 >> Anne's experiences

>> Jonathan's experiences

>> RSPB residential volunteering

Visitor centre volunteer

Visitor centre volunteers help engage with members of the public who visit the RSPB Forsinard Flows Visitor Centre during the visitor season (April to September). They are a valuable addition to the team and help to provide information to members of the public who visit our reserve and visitor centre. Working closely together, volunteers and regular staff at the visitor centre aim to to provide a comprehensive experience for visitors and a wide range of engagement activities.

>> Visitor centre volunteer role description


Workparty Conservation volunteer

An excellent chance to make a contribution to wildlife conservation.  We require volunteers’ help in the areas of habitat management, reserve maintenance and visitor services.  All tasks are vital for conservation of the site and for retaining good access to, and around the reserve.

>> Conservation volunteer role description 


Community Engagement volunteer 

This role helps to inspire, engage and empower individuals and communities to get involved and to learn about the wildlife, environment and culture of the Flow Country through a programme of community events and projects across Caithness and Sutherland.    

>> Community engagement volunteer role description 


Friends and Family Volunteering 

Have you ever wanted to volunteer but would like to share the fun with your friends and family? RSPB Scotland are looking for groups of enthusiastic residential volunteers for two weeks at a time in Autumn to assist with habitat restoration and monitoring, wildlife surveys and practical management.

>> More information on our website

>> Information on RSPB Scotland's website