Volunteer Coordinator

As our volunteer coordinator, you will work closely with Arkaig Community Forest (ACF) and Woodland Trust Scotland (WTS) to deliver volunteering opportunities within the Loch Arkaig Area.

Closing Date: Midnight 21st July 2024

Location: Clunes Forest School -  Spean Bridge - Lochaber - West Highlands   

Salary: £25,000 Pro Rata  

Benefits: Pension, 26 days Annual Leave + public holidays (pro-rata) 

Working hours: Part-time  0.4/ 2 days / 15 hrs per week, some weekend and evening work  

Role Duration: 1 Year



Be part of a unique partnership project of landscape-scale restoration at Loch Arkaig. Arkaig Community Forest  (ACF) is looking to recruit a Volunteer Coordinator.

As part of your role you will lead on some activities, depending on experience, but activities will usually be led by Arkaig Community Forest or Woodland Trust Scotland (WTS) staff. Training may be provided for leading or co-leading.

In this role you will be employed by ACF and report to the Volunteering Line Manager on the ACF board. The post is part time at two days per week, with flexible working hours. Weekend or evening work may occasionally be required.

The contract is initially for one year, with a pro rata salary based on £25K FTE, but it is hoped that this can be extended, subject to funding.

Arkaig Community Forest reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs and ability at the end of the contract term. 

Key Terms and Conditions
● Please send a Curriculum Vitae with two references and a covering letter stating why you are interested in this position and what makes you a good candidate for the role to: info@arkaig.org

● Closing date – Midnight 21st July 2024.

Location: Arkaig Community Forest’s office: Forest School, Clunes, PH34 4EJ

Arkaig Community Forest operates a Company Pension Plan with NEST

Arkaig Community Forest is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

This role is based in the UK and you must be able to demonstrate your Right To Work in the UK.

For any further information don’t hesitate to contact us at info@arkaig.org

Additional Information:
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st July 2024.

Locatrion: Arkaig Community Forest Office, Forest School, Clunes, PH34 4EJ


Main duties:

  • Maintenance of the volunteer database – ensure General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.
  • Ensure policies and procedures, including risk assessments are followed and kept up to date.
  • Volunteer recruitment and the development and definition of volunteer roles / groups.
  • Produce a programme of volunteer events collaborating across Woodland Trust Scotland and Arkaig Community Forest team.
  • Promote volunteer opportunities and maintain a social media presence.
  • Create simple volunteer packs.
  • Track volunteer hours and impact.
  • Initiate and support with volunteer reward and recognition.
  • Liaise with the Woodland Trust Scotland Volunteering Development Officer to ensure Loch Arkaig Pine Forest volunteers are offered the same opportunities (e.g. networking events) as WTS volunteers outside this area.
  • Have preliminary meetings with and deliver inductions to new volunteers.
  • Accompany/co-lead or lead some activities.
  • Provide support and facilitate appropriate training for volunteers.
  • Manage volunteering budget and volunteer expenses.
  • Coordinate tools and equipment for volunteers, including purchase, storage and maintenance.
  • Ensure any volunteers using power tools are appropriately qualified and insured.


  • Experience in volunteer management, and in particular, leading outdoor practical conservation tasks.
  • Computer literate – familiar with GDPR & spreadsheets.
  • Competent with social media.
  • Familiar with safeguarding best practice.
  • Personable, with good communication skills
  • A proactive self-starter, able to work proactively on own initiative with little supervision.


  • Current Emergency First Aid at Work +F (Forestry) Certificate.
  • Current Driving Licence
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Sit-in ATV certificate

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