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Volunteer with us

If you have a passion for hill walking, mountaineering and climbing, or just love Scotland's mountains, and have some time available to get more involved in the work of  Mountaineering Scotland, please get in touch. 

On this page can be found any volunteer roles we are currently looking to recruit for but we would be happy to discuss your interests, experience and skills and try to match it to our needs.

Climbing Development Group

At the end of 2023, Mountaineering Scotland announced the creation of a Climbing Development Group (CDG), launching in Spring 2024. The new group will have a focus on supporting Scotlandís climbing community by providing a national forum for discussion and debate which will support and influence the work of Mountaineering Scotland and our partner organisations.

Mountaineering Scotland is currently looking for applicants to take on voluntary roles to set up the CDG. Click on a link below to find out more about each role: 

Candidates who wish to put their name forward for any of the above roles are asked to provide a brief summary of their experience in an organisational context and their interests in mountaineering/outdoor/sporting activities, together with a personal statement as to how they feel they could contribute to the work of the Climbing Development Group. These should be sent to: info@mountaineering.scot 

Landscape, planning and access

We monitor and review major planning applications and act upon major access matters but don't have the resources to know about everything which might impact on Scotland's mountains and mountain goers.

We are grateful to our members for being our eyes and ears when it comes to reporting access issues, informing us of unsuitable planning proposals or poorly-built hill tracks, and updating us on the status of birds nests on and around climbing crags.

If you would like to help us monitor planning or access issues for a particular region or have other expertise in this area we could benefot from, please get in touch.

>Contact us at info@mountaineering.scot to find out more

Event volunteers

We are looking for outgoing, friendly and reliable individuals to represent Mountaineering Scotland, raise awareness and sign up new members at events including mountain film festivals, talks, winter safety lectures, outdoor shows and in retail stores. 

If you are able to commit to 3-4 hours at weekends or weekday evenings and would like to get more involved in supporting us, we would love to hear from you. Training and ongoing support will be provided.

Climbing comps and youth-focused climbing clubs

If you are a keen climber, climbing spectator, retired climber or parent of a climber, you might be interested in volunteering to help out at our climbing competitions and youth-focused climbing clubs.

We organise a calendar of climbing competitions (youth, adult and paraclimbing) each year. With over 100 competitors at some comps, we rely on volunteers to assist with a wide range of tasks, from welcome desk to judging to belaying.

We also work with youth climbing clubs in every region of Scotland, helping to give young people the opportunity to develop their indoor and outdoor climbing skills. Again, adult involvement is vital and we offer training and coaching to our volunteers.

Contact our ClimbScotland team to find out more

Office support

Staff in our busy Perth office would welcome some volunteer support with a variety of member services and communications activity, including admin, marketing, website and research tasks. 

This could be an interesting role for someone who would like to gain skills and experience in customer services or PR or would like to give something back and offer us their time, knowledge and expertise. 

Contact us at info@mountaineering.scot to find out more