Volunteer in Scotland

Surveying wild plants

As well as the National Plant Monitoring Scheme which we run in partnership with other conservation organisations, you can volunteer for other plant surveys Plantlife runs in Scotland, to help us keep a watchful eye on vulnerable species and landscapes.

The species in most need of conservation are often found in Scotland's Important Plant Areas, internationally-recognised hotspots for wild flowers and plants.

Conservation volunteers

You might be monitoring:

  • butterfly orchids in summer pastures
  • twinflower in Highland pinewoods
  • mosses in lush Atlantic oak and hazel woods shaded out by invasive rhododendrons
  • rare lichens clinging to exposed rock outcrops.
We try to match volunteers with survey sites that are local to them.Typically you'll carry out your survey once or twice a year, which will involve completing a simple form.Experience in conservation or botanical knowledge is not necessary, and Plantlife can provide training if needed.

If you would like to volunteer for a survey, please download and return our enrolment form (pdf).

Volunteer at flower shows and events

We attend shows such as:

  • Gardening Scotland
  • the Highland Show
  • the Dundee Flower and Food Festival.

Could you help on the Plantlife stand at one of these shows? It's great fun (and if you're helping out you can get in free).

Our volunteers work alongside staff, talking to visitors, promoting Plantlife and generally helping out with activities.

Or could you spread the word and publicise Plantlife at a local event?

Our Plantlife Event Kit has everything you need to set up a Plantlife stall, including publications, posters, stickers, badges and children's activities: the Toolkit can be customised to your event.

If you would like to volunteer at a show or event, please download and return our enrolment form (pdf).

Work experience in conservation

Plantlife occasionally has opportunities for volunteers to help at our friendly office in Stirling.

For those wishing to pursue a career in conservation, this is valuable work experience and a good insight into the UK conservation sector.

Although the work is office based, it's an important way to contribute to Plantlife's efforts in saving wild plants.

The duties are varied and ideally you should be computer literate and able to commit to a day a week. We pay all reasonable travel expenses.

If you are interested please email scotland@plantlife.org.uk