Jobs and volunteer opportunities in our Hostels 

Loch Voil Hostel

Voluntary Hostel assistants (April-October 2019)

This is a live-in position of 35 hours per week - 5 days, mostly mornings including Saturday and Sunday. Own accomodation (caravan). We would be happy for a couple to take the post and could provide a private caravan with water supply and own toilet. Accomodation and fuel free and £50 a week per person for food.

Duties are taking bookings and general house-keeping. There is also plenty of outdoor general maintenance work - ie wood chopping and path making etc. We are looking for cheerful, multi-skilled people. One month minimum. Hostel experience would be a bonus but is not essential! This position would suit people with a love of the outdoors. Own transport would also be a bonus though not necessary. Bus services to Edinburgh and Glasgow (2 hours)

If you are interested, please send your CV to les at

The Lazy Duck

Resident Assistant Manager - Outdoor Hospitality & Administration (Immediate start, April 2019)

The Lazy Duck is a hidden gem in the Cairngorms National Park.  They are looking for a multi skilled, happy, confident and committed assistmant manager.  This person need to be a well organised people person with an enthusiasm for elemental homestead living and, with luck, a keen gardener too.

Full-time - 35 hours per week
Temporary - Summer / Autumn season
Weekend work - 3 out of 4 weekends, rotas planned in advance, 2 clear days off per week
Attractive salary package with a hut to yourself - rustic accommodation in the grounds for single or couple.
Immediate start desirable - negotiable

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.

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