Get involved

We welcome your interest in the Scottish Beaver Trial. Follow the links below to see how you can get involved and learn more about one of Scotland’s most exciting conservation projects.



From assisting field staff to helping out at local events, volunteering with the Scottish Beaver Trial is an exciting and rewarding experience. Whether you are keen to make a long standing contribution or join our team on a more temporary basis, we would love to hear from you.

Voluntary opportunities are divided into two main roles: Beaver Ranger Volunteers and Beaver Event Volunteers.

Beaver Ranger Volunteers

Beaver Ranger Volunteers assist field staff with beaver tracking and monitoring; spending most of their time outdoors come rain or shine, often in physically challenging conditions. Early starts and late nights are often the order of the day, along with a willingness to get your hands dirty and (on occasion) your feet wet!   

Do you have what it takes to track wild beavers? Beaver Ranger Volunteers will:

Click here to read a volunteer’s account of being a Beaver Ranger Volunteer.

Beaver Event Volunteers

Not everyone wants, or is able, to go out in the cold and wet lugging heavy equipment around. However, volunteers can still ‘beaver away’ and assist with the smooth running of our public events and support our Education Ranger. Tasks include manning stalls at community events and assisting with guided walks.

This opportunity suits those who live locally and who can volunteer a few hours here and there. Excellent communication skills are a must as well as a passion for the Scottish Beaver Trial.

Volunteering conditions

The Scottish Beaver Trial is a busy and complex project and so it is not always possible to find a suitable task for every volunteer. 

Whilst the Scottish Beaver Trial is located in one of the most stunning parts of Scotland, the site is remote. We require volunteers to arrange their own transport and organise their own accommodation and meals. Unfortunately, the Trial is unable to provide expenses to volunteers.

Apply to be a volunteer

If either of the two roles suit your skills and interests, please contact us. Let us know whether you would like to be considered for a Beaver Ranger Volunteer of Beaver Event Volunteer position, details of any previous experience and your availability.



Studying beavers and the work of the Scottish Beaver Trial is a perfect way for children and young people to learn about ecology and conservation in Scotland today. The Scottish Beaver Trial has produced an education pack featuring a wide variety of information resources for schools. Visit our learning zone to download your pack and find out more.

Scottish Beaver Trial staff also deliver fun and engaging classroom-based and on-site workshops. For further information, please contact our Education Ranger Olwen Hemmings on 01546 603 346 or email



Learn more about the Scottish Beaver Trial and meet Trial staff by attending one of our public events, from guided walks to family workshops. Click here for details of our forthcoming events programme.


Research projects

The independent monitoring of the Scottish Beaver Trial project is lead by Scottish Natural Heritage, who advise the Scottish Government on how the Trial is progressing. Due to the need for Scottish Natural Heritage to focus its resources on the delivery of essential monitoring, there is unfortunately no current capacity for any research proposals from undergraduate students. 

Undergraduate students can still volunteer with the Trial, however, and we welcome applications to assist with field work. Please click here for more information.

For postgraduate research enquiries, please contact the Trial.


Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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    "This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond ... their reappearance will draw tourists from around the British Isles - and even further afield." - MSP Jim Mather

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    Beavers are back in Scotland!

    On 24 November 2016, the Scottish Government made the landmark announcement that beavers are to remain in Scotland. This is the first time that a mammal has been formally reintroduced in UK history.

    The trial population of beavers remains in Knapdale, and the Scottish Beaver partners are now focussing their efforts on re-enforcing this population to ensure its long term future.

    Boosting the Knapdale beaver population

    For updates on the beaver re-enforcement project, please visit the website of the Scottish Wildlife Trust or the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland by clicking on the adjacent logos.

    The Scottish Beaver Trial website

    Now that the Trial has ended, this website will no longer be updated. However, if you would like to browse our historical records on the website, please click the button to continue.

    Scottish Beaver Trial RZSS Scottish Wildlife Trust