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Explore volunteering at HES

Learn how volunteers engage with Historic Environment Scotland

Volunteers, Alex John (left) & Lauren Matheson (right) standing outside the Blackhouse, Arnol
If you would like a summary of volunteering with Historic Environment Scotland then please read or share our Volunteering with Historic Environment Scotland brochure
We recruit volunteers across our organisation at various times throughout the year. You don’t need a background in history to volunteer with us, but an appreciation and enthusiasm towards our work is essential.
As part of our team, volunteers can participate in a variety of roles, including: 
  • engaging with visitors through in various ways, such as meeting & greeting, leading activities, or delivering guided tours
  • taking part in biodiversity surveys, practical conservation and taking action for nature
  • cataloguing our collections
  • playing a musical instrument
  • event volunteering

The benefits of volunteering

people standing in a line with the exterior of Edinburgh Castle behind them and the tattoo stands enjoying a concert

We know that every individual is motivated to volunteer for different reasons and has their own interests. We will strive to match these varying motivations and provide new opportunities for development where we can. Through volunteering with us, you could access the knowledge base of our friendly and enthusiastic colleagues, meet like-minded people, enjoy new social occasions and, above all, know that you are contributing as a valued member of ‘Team HES’. We recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements of our volunteers. Examples include free access to our paid attractions, group outings and gatherings, concert and performance ticket giveaways, and participation in award programmes

What do our volunteers do: 

Use the left and right arrows to scroll through and find out what our volunteers do.

If you are looking for information about paid employment with Historic Environment Scotland, please visit the Work with Us section of our website

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