Volunteers play a key part in the success of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. Many of our 50 projects rely on the support of volunteers to achieve our aims. We want to make this fantastic and sometimes under-appreciated area a place where the natural and historical wealth is valued, improved, and celebrated. Here are some of the ways you could be part of helping us make that vision a reality.

Wildlife and Environment

Whether you are interested in hands-on conservation volunteering such as tree planting and coppicing, looking for an opportunity to put your wildlife ID skills and knowledge into practice, or interested in helping to look after an Inner Forth wildlife site, we have something for you. The IFLI partnership is working with conservation charities, local authorities, local groups and you to put back together the jigsaw of habitats that make up the Inner Forth to create a landscape flourishing with wildlife. You can help to improve sites for nature, take part in citizen science throughout the year, and share your enthusiasm for the places, plants and animals that live alongside the communities of the Inner Forth. Check the events calendar to see our current opportunities or contact Kate Fuller, IFLI Community Engagement Officer on 01324 831 568 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

History and Archaeology


Are you an active or budding historical researcher and/or archaeologist? We have a fantastic range of projects and sites that you could help us investigate. You could contribute to the story of historic trade along the Inner Forth, once a bustling hub of activity that saw a huge number of ships sail in and out, carrying a wonderful assortment of cargoes. Or you could help us collate local memories of mining and celebrate the communities involved by sharing their stories. And there’s plenty of scope for getting your hands dirty too, by helping out with digs on sites that include medieval harbours, historic waggon roads and nationally significant industrial complexes.

Volunteers will be able to hone their skills through free training and guidance in desk-based research, archaeological survey and fieldwork, oral history skills, GIS mapping and much more. If you would like more information, check out our events calendar and volunteering page or contact Dr Kirsty McAlister, IFLI Cultural Heritage Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Volunteer Office Administration Assistant (not required at present but watch this space!)

If you have a flair for organisation and would like to support our work, you might like to consider helping out in our IFLI office. In order to keep IFLI running smoothly a huge amount of behind-the-scenes administrative work is needed. Additional support to help run the office more efficiently would be incredibly helpful. You would work closely with our Finance & Administration Officer and help the IFLI Team on a regular basis to keep our systems and processes up to date. In addition, our growing library of images needs managing, our website and events calendar has to be kept up to date, bookings have to be taken for our many events—the list is endless!

This is a great opportunity for you to get experience volunteering for an exciting and busy Landscape Partnership. We can help you refresh or develop office skills and give you a valuable insight into partnership working. As well as being part of a small friendly team, you will also be able to meet new people involved with the initiative including other volunteers.

Good administrative and organisations skills are essential.  Good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft office is desirable, although some training could be provided if need be. Good communications skills and a friendly, approachable and patient attitude would be useful. 

Travel expenses will be reimbursed where necessary. We are initially looking for someone who can commit to one day every week / fortnight but this can be flexible (ongoing)

This volunteering opportunity is part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, which is a Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. To take this volunteer role, you will be registered as a volunteer with the RSPB. RSPB Scotland is lead partner to the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

If you would like to find out more we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Julie Mainwood, Finance and Administration Officer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  tel 01324 831568.

Volunteering opportunities will also be advertised on the RSPB Volunteering page of their website, and on the Environment Job website.