Jobs and volunteer opportunities in our Hostels 

Great Glen Hostel

Full-Time Hostel Assistant (April-October 2019)

We are a 50-bed self-catering hostel set amidst the stunning scenery of Scotland's Great Glen. We're 30 minutes from Fort William and just over an hour from Inverness and the Isle of Skye. The hostel is just beside one of Scotland's long distance routes, the Great Glen Way, and there's limitless opportunities for walking, cycling, climbing, kayaking and more in the spectacular mountainous landscape around us.

This is a live-in position of 40 hours per week which includes weekend and evening work. Duties will include reception, laundry, and housekeeping. We are looking for a cheerful, friendly and welcoming person who is self-motivated and happy to work on their own. Hostel experience would be a bonus but is not essential! This position would suit someone with a love of the outdoors and their own transport (although regular bus services do stop nearby).

If you are interested, please write with your CV to Clem at

Coll Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse Assistant

Coll Bunkhouse is interested to hear from anyone looking for work between April and September 2019. Hours to be discussed, up to 15 hours minimum per week are available.

They need people who can provide a friendly and professional customer service and contribute to the operation of our 5 * Coll Bunkhouse, and An Cridhe, Coll’s amazing Community Centre.

The job involves all aspects of housekeeping from cleaning to laundry; taking bookings, using a computerised system; checking guests in; dealing with enquiries via telephone, email, social media etc. Carrying out regular health and safety/maintenance checks and keeping accurate records. Some experience of this type of work would be useful. Coll is a beautiful Hebridean Island, with a small friendly community, and busy social life.

Please contact Jane at An Cridhe for more information or to apply, 01879 230000 or email

Fraoch Lodge, Cairngorms

Housekeeper/catering assistant

We are looking for an experienced housekeeper who can also cook and bake. You will be the owner's deputy at a 14 bed lodge in Boat of Garten.

You will need to have your food hygiene certificate and understand the basics of keeping a commercial kitchen hygienic.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day cleaning of the Lodge: room changeovers, preparing the laundry for collection, tidying all areas of the Lodge, cleaning the bathrooms, topping up the guest soaps, reporting any shortages in supplies, reporting any maintenance requirements.

In the kitchen you will need to keep the kitchen clean and help with basic food preparation. At busy times you may also need to bake as we provide home baking for our guests as part of picnics and also for when they return at the end of a day out. You may also need to prepare menus, make jam etc. Training can be provided.

The job will require being at the Lodge in the mornings mostly, though there is some flexibility to working hours. There is a holiday ban between mid-July and end of August, which is the busiest part of our season.  For this job to be a full 12 month permanent contract the candidate will need to be flexible with their working hours and flexible with the scope of the job.

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.

Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge, Drumnadrochit - Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities available year-round. If you like the idea of being part of the Loch Ness Backpackers family for a few weeks or months, get in touch. Volunteers do a mixture of housekeeping, reception and bar work, and in return get free accommodation and breakfast. Team members must be hard-working, friendly and excited to live in a beautiful, quiet village. Summer months are frenetic and great fun; winter months are quiet and peaceful.

For more information email

Loch Ness Backpackers

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!

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

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

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.