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Placement opportunities with the National Trust for Scotland

January 19, 2008


Are you aged between 16-25 and living in Scotland?

Do you want to make a valued contribution towards the conservation of Scotland’s cultural and natural heritage?

Can you commit to volunteering for at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of three months?
If so, then a 3-12 months ProjectScotland placement at one of our many properties and gardens situated throughout Scotland could be the chance of a lifetime. In collaboration with ProjectScotland, an independent charity created to promote volunteering and personal development in young Scots, The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who wish to gain worthwhile experience with our highly skilled staff.

In return for your hard work and time, ProjectScotland offers a weekly allowance of £55, clothing or training allowance, plus travel expenses. Furthermore, if you commit to volunteering for six months or more, you will be able to apply for financial assistance for your future plans to help you get to where you want to be.

ProjectScotland placements include opportunities within the following areas of the Trust:

Heritage properties
Countryside properties
Nature conservation
Buildings research
Catering and events management

A volunteer placement will develop your communication and teamwork skills, give you confidence and motivation whilst broadening your horizons and perhaps help you to determine where you want to go in life. If you are interested in Scotland’s cultural and natural heritage and envisage a career in this sector then it really is an opportunity not to be missed.

Actively recruiting for:

Volunteer Gardener, Brodick Castle
A volunteer placement with accommodation is currently available at Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran. This placement would be ideal for a horticultural student or graduate looking to gain practical experience.

Development department placement
This department is responsible for generating all voluntary income to the Trust from legacies, individual donors, corporate members, charitable trusts and foundations, Members’ Centres and Friends Groups, targeted events, Landfill Tax Operators and other funding bodies, appeals and the annual raffle. 

This placement will give the volunteer the opportunity to work within a team of 11 people and experience the workings of a busy development department.
The volunteer will also be given the opportunity to visit many of the NTS properties. This will give the individual an understanding of how the development department works with property managers to raise funds required for various projects.
By working with individual members of the team the volunteer will learn about the different and varied areas of fundraising.

Property Assistants
Working closely with the Property staff, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire the range of skills needed to manage a historic property. Whilst each property offers something different, the main tasks will have an element of visitor management and customer care, involvement in the retail and catering outlet, conservation and collection care, event management and external property care. This would appeal to someone with good inter-personal skills and a strong interest in heritage and tourism. There are various placements available at properties throughout Scotland.

Buildings Department Placement
Based in our Central Office, Edinburgh, this placement will give the volunteer a chance to gain valuable experience in the work of managing our historic buildings and will provide a great insight into this aspect of heritage management should they wish to progress a career in this field. Supporting the activities of the regionally based conservation staff, they will have the chance to become involved in a range of tasks which may include survey and data collection, compiling records, and supporting project initiatives this would be an ideal opportunity to learn first hand about the conservation of our historic environment.

Volunteer Gardens Assistant, Greenbank Garden
Working with the property staff, this position will encompass a wide range of tasks in this magnificent Garden. This placement would be ideal for a horticultural student or graduate looking to gain practical experience.

Volunteer Ranger, Aberdeenshire Ranger Service
You will have the opportunity to assist with collating biological records, be involved in environmental field work and in some practical estate management and will be required to provide general administrative support work to the Senior Ranger. 

Based at Crathes Castle Estate, you will work closely with the Aberdeenshire Area’s Senior Ranger. There may also be opportunities to learn about the Trust’s work in other areas of conservation including, archaeology, gardens and collection care. An interest in the environment would be of benefit.

For further information please contact:
Violet Dalton
Head of Volunteering
Wemyss House
28 Charlotte Square

Telephone: 0131 2439 475

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