Jobs and volunteer opportunities in our Hostels 

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 - Glencoe Independent Hostel, Lochaber

Glencoe Independent Hostel have a full time (min 20 hours a week off season) 1 year possibly permanent role starting in February 18. The role is varied mainly cleaning and laundry during the day and reception duties after 2pm. Other duties include gardening, light maintenance and deep cleaning. 

This is a physically hard job! 40 hours a week over 5 days - either day or split shifts, we give 4 weeks rotas in advance and your two days off each week together if possible.  Basic staff accommodation available or if living off site a driving licence is very useful.  Live in amongst the mountains working for a family run business with hands on owners. We have 2 hostel buildings sleeping up to 40 plus 4 static caravans and 3 log cabins on our 2 acre site in the heart of Glencoe.  Please share if you think you know of people who might be interested.  Send a covering letter and CV to

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

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 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

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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