Jobs and volunteer opportunities in our Hostels 

Volunteer Assistant Warden Acheninver Hostel

Volunteer Assistant Warden opportunity available at Acheninver Hostel, Achiltibuie.  Post open from start of July to the end of August.  Due to accommodation constraints this post is open for female applicants only.  The exchange is for 4 hours work per day for 6 days (Tues-Sun) in return for accommodation (single bed in the female dorm) and £50 p/w towards food.  The help we need is from 10.30 - 1.30pm with the changeovers and from 9pm-10pm with any 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 last year are heading into our second Summer.  Come and help us welcome people to the wild west coast of Scotland.  Applicants 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.  Find more information and reviews on 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

Skye Basecamp seasonal couple job-share

Skye Basecamp is aimed at climbers and active visitors. The Hostel opened in summer 2016 to complement our mountaineering business, Skye Guides. The Hostel offers beds in small shared dorms, private rooms and self-catering lets. Our facilities are high specification with power showers, strong wooden beds, great kitchen facilities, a bespoke drying room, relaxing lounge and a pool room. This live-in post would be suitable for a couple looking for a job-share, or an individual looking for full-time seasonal employment. The successful applicant/s will contribute to the day-to-day running and development of the hostel, in exchange for a great rate of pay and accommodation. 

This is a seasonal position that would be best suited to a sociable outdoors individual or couple looking to experience a summer living on Skye. Applications should be received no later than Sunday May 21st 2017. Responsibilities include: Cleaning and housekeeping; Reception; Gardening,painting and general maintenance.  For further information and/or to apply, submit CVs with two referees and a covering letter detailing any specific experience or qualities that you have to: 

Galloway Activity Centre, Dumfriesshire

Galloway Activity Centre employs up to 30 people in the peak season in a variety of different roles. 

Recruitment goes on all year round but our main job push is at the start of the year. 

All the equipment at the Centre is available for your use out of hours.  Food and basic accommodation can be provided. 

At May 2017 we have a particular requirement for a cleaner two days a week and kitchen helper.

Have a look at our website jobs page which gives a clear idea of the different roles on offer, especially in season 

Apply to Richard or Ben with CV

Lazy Duck Hostel, Nethy Bridge, Cairngorms National Park: 

If you are a single or a couple looking for a spirited Volunteer Helper Project where your contribution really counts and is appreciated by our experienced team and guests, please get in touch with us at any time from now. 

Pro-active, self-motivated 'can do' people are always welcome, year round, for a two, three or four month stay. 

"Small is Beautiful" - we take our sustainable living obligations seriously and are holders of the Green Tourism Business Gold Award.  While making sure we give everything we can to our guests, we also have a lot of fun. 

For the last 14 years Volunteer Helpers, who now live in either their own winterised hut or adjacent three season only caravan have joined in with the management and maintenance of this quirky and rustic 8-bed hostel & light-weight camping ground with off grid accommodation.  

Then there are the ducks, hens, sheep, Django the dog, poly tunnel, gardens and woodlands. 

All of this is within a 6 acre homestead in Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park, Scottish Highlands.

Full details about options for volunteering at Lazy Duck can be found our website volunteering page.  

If it looks right for you,do drop us a line.

David, Valery  & Team Lazy Duck

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

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