Jobs and volunteer opportunities in our Hostels 


The Lazy Duck, Nethy Bridge

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 3 individual off grid bespoke huts for couples.

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 lazyduck.co.uk 'Join the Team' page.  

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

David, Valery  & Team Lazy Duck

1. Immediate Volunteering opportunity,1 month minimum stay

2. For AUGUST Full time Manager - salaried with accommodation

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Further paid hours may be available may be available for someone acting as Lead Volunteer. This offer , if required, would be made only to experienced and confident Helpers.

"Small is Beautiful". While giving everything we can to our guests we also have a lot of fun. Do come.


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 julia@blackislebar.com for more
information.

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 GAC@lochken.co.uk


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 info@acheninverhostel.com.  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 Booking.com 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 www.helpx.net. 
www.inverarayhostel.co.uk


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
info@thesmugglershostel.co.uk