Jobs and volunteer opportunities in our Hostels 

Lazy Duck

The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge

Volunteer Helper 

We have an unexpected IMMEDIATE VOLUNTEER HELPER VACANCY for mid August for a single or couple looking to stay for two months or so. Jump into joining our great local and international team of eight folk. We provide a great 8 bed families/groups bunkhouse, small scale lightweight camping and bespoke eco hutting experiences for up to 25 guests. 

Live with us in a sustainable six acre homestead amongst sheep, hens & ducks surrounded by ancient Caledonian Pine Forest and looking to the Cairngorm mountains. We are 20 bus minutes from Aviemore, 90 bus minutes from Inverness.

Team Lazy Duck welcomes lively, dependable and skilled workers Volunteer Helpers, happy to engage in all indoor and outdoor tasks and particularly those who can bring a smile to the faces of our guests. You would have your own free and independent accommodation a generous weekly food allowance and a bike to get you to the village centre, shop, farm shop, great cafe and pub five minutes down the road. Lots happens round here.

Have a trawl through our website, see our fabulous family of former Helpers and then give us a ring or drop us a line at

Ring Paula (Skype phone) 0131 6186198 or 07846291154

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Otter Bunkhouse, Outer Hebrides

We are looking for somebody to help with cleaning duties for both Otter Bunkhouse and Otter Bothy, from mid August until October/November. This will only be for an hour or two a day in the mornings, and not always every day. It will involve general cleaning of the Bunkhouse and Bothy, to make sure they are ready for guests arriving.


In addition, kitchen and waiting help is also required at Loch Croistean Schoolhouse, which is a cafe/bistro about two miles from the bunkhouse, and the two jobs can easily be combined. Kitchen duties would be for an hour each morning, prepping food and getting things ready for lunches and evening meals. Kitchen and waiting duties will then be required in the evenings, usually from around 5pm to 9pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Caravan accommodation will be provided, along with meals. If you would like to spend some time in an idyllic part of the island, living in a remote but beautiful area, and make some money at the same time, please do consider us. Driving licence preferred, but not essential. Bike available for use.

The Cowshed Boutique Bunkhouse, Skye

Volunteers needed year-round. Live on the Isle of Skye for a month (or longer!) and experience life in a busy, stylish and modern bunkhouse.
We would love to hear from enthusiastic people who have fantastic cleaning skills and an eye for detail, as well being honest, friendly, and hard-working.  The tasks will be a mixture of cleaning and welcoming our guests.
Please email Jackie on for more information.

Full-time Hostel Assistant Required
We are currently looking to recruit a full-time hostel assistant for the Winter season. This contract would initially run from the end of October 2018 until April 2019. Live in accommodation provided.
For more information, please get in touch with Jackie on

Black Isle Hostel and Bar

Ever fancied working for a brand new hostel owned by a brewery?! Well now is your chance! The Black Isle Brewery is opening a new hostel in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands of Scotland! We have roles available for a supervisor and general assistants (live in roles also available). If this sounds like something you would be interested in please email for more

Skills wanted include: Previous experience in hospitality | Have a keen eye for detail | Be able to adapt to situations and be flexible where needed | Be able to work in a team or independently.

Admin and Reception - Galloway Acitivity Centre, Dumfriesshire

Galloway Activity Centre is a family run business that employs over 40 people in the peak season and provides multi-activities, tuition and accommodation to a wide range of customers.

We recruit 2 or 3 seasonal office staff each year who take responsibility for the smooth running of reception. Attention to detail and excellent organisation skills are essential.  

We are a small team and you must have the flexibility to step in to other roles as required (e.g. helping in the kitchen or with cleaning). It's a difficult and demanding job with a lot of responsibility. Full training will be given but experience of admin and hospitality is highly desirable.

Hours are varied depending on how busy we are but expect split shifts during the summer months and 5 or 6 day weeks including weekends. Accommodation and food is provided and in your free time you will have access to all the activity equipment at the centre. We have quite a young team and living on site can be a fantastic experience.

We also have instructional, catering and groundwork vacancies.  Apply to Richard or Ben

Hostel Assistant - Morag's Lodge, Loch Ness

Morag's Lodge is a multi-award-winning hostel located in the stunning village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. The hostel is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, has a lively atmosphere and fun-loving team. 

So if you love the outdoors and fancy having Nessie as a neighbour then we may have the role for you - Make it your job to showcase Highland Hospitality at its best! Full training will be provided, live-in accommodation available, contracts are full-time.

General Assistance is required throughout the hostel, ensuring the operation and control of the hostel in a safe, clean and hospitable manner, with focus on exceptional service standards and delivery of outstanding overnight experiences for guests. Duties include housekeeping, kitchen, bar, reception, and general awesomeness. We are a fun-loving and hard-working team so only apply if you're awesome!

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Volunteer Assistant Warden Acheninver Hostel

Volunteer Assistant Warden opportunities at Acheninver Hostel, Achiltibuie.  Post open from start of April to the end of September, minimum four week stay, one volunteer at a time.

The exchange is for 4 hours work per day for 6 days (Tues-Sun) in return for accommodation (single bed in shared dorm) and £50 p/w towards food.  The help we need is from 10.30am - 1.30pm with changeover and from 9pm-10pm with late guest check ins.

Acheninver Hostel is an iconic old hostel, run by SYHA for 79 years and much loved in the village and beyond.  We took on the tenancy after SYHA and opened as an Independent Hostel July 2016.  Come and help us host people for Acheninver's 8th decade on the wild north west coast of Scotland.

Applications by email only, please send CV and covering letter to  No hostel experience necessary but you will need to demonstrate an ability to bring care and attention to the small and big tasks of resetting the hostel everyday as well as general soundness and friendliness.  We will be in contact to arrange a Skype/phone interview.  For more information and reviews check out our website and listings.

Inveraray: volunteer gardener for bed & board

Inveraray Hostel is an independent, not-for-profit hostel in the Southern Highlands of Scotland, by Loch Fyne near the Arrochar Alps. We have a large garden to maintain & could really do with some help! We welcome short-term volunteers to help out in the garden &/or with craft/art projects in exchange for bed & board, & the opportunity to explore Inveraray. Please see our profile (Host ID 57509) on the volunteer network Help Exchange

Loch Ness Backpackers, Drumnadrochit - Volunteer Opportunities

Loch Ness Backpackers are looking for volunteers who can work for 3 - 4 hours a day in return for free accommodation.

For more information visit their website

Smugglers Hostel, Cairngorms National Park - Volunteer Opportunities

The Smugglers Hostel is a lovely, small community run hostel in the village of Tomintoul, in the Cairngorms National Park. We are looking for trustworthy, sociable, hardworking and flexible volunteers with good spoken English. The work will involve helping to clean the hostel, occasional food preparation and greeting and checking in our guests.

Our volunteers can join us anytime from May to September and preferably stay at least one month, but longer may be possible. We ask for 24 hours work a week spread over 4 days. This work will involve weekends and some evenings and above all you need to be flexible as every day is different!  You would have 3 free days each week to explore our beautiful surroundings and pursue your own interests. Outdoor activity opportunities are quite wonderful in this part of the highlands and wildlife is on our doorstep, as is the stunning landscape of the Cairngorm Mountains.

In return, you will be provided with a bed in a small dorm, your own secure locker, free Wifi, use of a bike and a daily breakfast. There is also a large kitchen and communal lounge for you to make use of. Family evening meals are also sometimes offered by the hostel manager and there is the opportunity for you to get involved with local events and make new friends.

If this position interests you please apply by email telling us about yourself, your relevant skills and why you want to be a volunteer here. We will also need your telephone number, a recent photograph of yourself and the contact details for two people who will provide references for you. We look forward to hearing from you! Kerry, Hostel Manager