For over 25 years Hessilhead has cared for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife, aiming to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild




Hessilhead depends on volunteers to keep the centre running. We would like to hear from dedicated, hard working people willing to volunteer either as part of our wildlife care team or maintenance team. Training is given on site, but plenty of common sense and an ability to cope with a variety of tasks is required for this rewarding job. You can help Hessilhead by volunteering your time, services or garden.

Download our Volunteer Application Form.

Print it out, fill it in and post it to us at the address at the bottom of this page.

Or fill in the form below.

Information for Resident Volunteers

Download our Volunteer Notes. They give details of transport, accommodation, checklists, etc.

Want to know what you could learn/experience as a resident volunteer?

Download our
Work Experience Guide.

If you can’t view the Volunteer Application Form, the Volunteer Notes or the Work Experience Guide

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Volunteering at the centre

Local/daily volunteers

We have a waiting list at present for daily volunteers, and are not taking any more applications for a while. However we will update this page to let you know if that changes at any time.

Resident volunteers

Resident volunteers stay in cabins on site. This gives an opportunity to become more involved with the running of the centre, to help with evening feeds and admissions and to take part in rescues, releases and fundraising events. If you are interested please also read the notes for resident volunteers, and return the completed application form.

Volunteer your services


Please email us at if you would like to volunteer as a driver to bring wildlife casualties to the Hospital.


Please email us at if you are able to offer skills (such as builder, joiner or architect) that would be of use for building and maintenance at Hessilhead.


If you can help with fundraising, please see the fundraising page.


Please email us at if you feel you have any other skills that would be of use to Hessilhead.

Offer a release site

As Hessilhead gets busier, we need to find more release sites for foxes, hedgehogs and garden birds. Wherever possible, all rehabilitated animals are released where they were found. However, we are often looking for release sites for birds/animals that have been reared in captivity, and sometimes for adults that are being translocated, (such as Uist Hedgehogs). These animals are not pets. They are returning to the wild. You can help by offering your garden/ground/outbuildings as release sites, providing a temporary shelter and food till they adapt to their new location. Please email us at if you can offer a release site.

3 Responses to Volunteering

  1. Laura Pakarinen says:

    My name is Laura Pakarinen, an animal care student in Finland, and I’m interested to volunteer at the Hessilhead. I was thinking do you take international volunteers as Resident volunteers?

    I am 22 year old woman and I’m studying animal attendant/animal care assistant on first year (whole education last 2 years, and my first year ends in this month), and I’m looking for internship for 4 weeks in next winter, around January or February 2015. I came across Hessilhead and I I think would be excellent learning environment for wildlife and good opportunity do something important for my practical training period.

    I will tell about myself and my school if needed and ask some questions later but as now I will just ask if this volunteering is possible. Thank you for your time!

    Greetings, Laura Pakarinen

  2. Ian Gormlie says:

    Hi Jak. Thanks for the feedback. Can you advise where on our site you have seen this occuring?

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