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Wilderness Conservation Field Researcher

Edinburgh, United Kingdom show on map

Venture in to the spectacular, remote Scottish Highlands and volunteer abroad taking part in wildlife and environmental conservation to protect the native wildlife!

Venture in to the spectacular Scotland and volunteer abroad taking part in wildlife and environmental conservation in the remote Scottish Highlands to protect wildlife like the European Wild Cat, White-Tailed Eagles, European Otter, European Otter, Osprey and Golden Eagle!

Scotland is home to some of the last wild places in Europe. It's wildlife is making a comeback including for many species of Wildlife. In this project you will get involved in Environmental conservation work as well as field research. From Removing Invasive plant species to Wildlife Research and monitoring. From Repairing bird hides to the constructing of fences and much more. All the work of our volunteers goes towards securing the future of the Scottish wildernesses and wildlife. 

 Your volunteering will take place on a network of nature reserves. There are  a wide range of reserves, including woodland, grasslands, peat bogs, coastal reserves, upland reserves and urban reserves. You will get the opportunity to work on many different projects on many different sites to make sure for a great learning experience for your self and in return a great help for our program.

With the min duration of 12 weeks and max duration of 24 weeks, you need to be committed for this experience. You will be working as part of a small team of volunteers undertaking a wide range of practical conservation tasks. This could include: the felling of non-native trees, wildlife monitoring & research, removing invasive plants, maintaining footpaths, constructing fences, installing reserve signs, building boardwalks, repairing bird hides.

The location of the projects will be mostly in the Scottish Highlands and some of the other wilderness areas of Scotland. On request you can also volunteer from the Edinburgh area for those who prefer some more comfort and all the activities a large city has to offer. The location of your volunteering program will be determined after you apply and depending on your preference and the current need of the project.

You will be working along side local and international volunteers as well as very experienced research and conservation staff who will train you and guide you through this amazing experience. 

We expect the volunteers to be hard working, open minded, resilient to bad weather,  flexible and willingness to learn! There are no requirements regarding specific skills or equipment.


Typical day

You will be working as part of a small team of volunteers undertaking a wide range of practical conservation tasks. This could include:

  • Felling non native trees
  • Wildlife Monitoring & Research
  • Removing invasive plants
  • Maintaining footpaths
  • Constructing fences
  • Installing reserve signs
  • Building boardwalks
  • Repairing bird hides
A regular day at this program is difficult to describe as every day is different. You will be picked up from your local accommodation by a team member and brought to the project site. Some evenings you will be brought back to your accommodation and other days you will stay overnight and camp in the Scottish country side and wildernesses. 

Details on Arrival

There is no specific start/arrival dates however we recommend that you start the project off on a Monday.

Free-time activities

Volunteers have an opportunity to take part in an endless amount of activities such as; tours, nature parks, swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, museums, sightseeing, nightlife and so much more! Please be reminded that any leisure time activity will be at the volunteer's own expense.

The location of the projects will be mostly in the Scottish Highlands and some of the other wilderness areas of Scotland. On request you can also volunteer from the Edinburgh area for those who prefer some more comfort and all the activities a large city has to offer.



Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee includes: 


  • Accommodation - For the first 2 weeks accommodation is Included at a local hostel, after this you will be assisted to find your own accommodation of choice. When staying overnight in the outdoors on the project site your accommodation will be taking care for those nights.
  • Transportation - All transportations included from your accommodation to the project site and back
  • Professional training - You will be trained in wildlife conservation and research and will be provided the needed tools, equipment, health and safety.
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Accommodation

For the first 2 weeks accommodation is Included at a local hostel, after this you will be assisted to find your own accommodation of choice. When staying overnight in the outdoors on the project site your accommodation will be taking care for those nights. On average you should be able to rent accommodation between 600 - 750 US$ (300 - 400 GBP)

Youth Hostel Camping
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Edinburgh. We assist you to find cheap flights to United Kingdom.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United Kingdom provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in United Kingdom you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United Kingdom.
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
$1,095.00
13 weeks
$1,128.00
14 weeks
$1,162.00
15 weeks
$1,195.00
17 weeks
$1,262.00
19 weeks
$1,328.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$1,495.00
Average fees
$77.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Edinburgh/United Kingdom between 12 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in United Kingdom.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Europe Northern Europe the United Kingdom  Edinburgh, 110 Commercial Street

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