Welcome to the Volunteer section

You can get involved on many levels – whether you want to come along to our weekly beach cleans in Arran, work in our COAST office or Discovery Centre for a month or two, or do some desk research and campaigning from home.  You do not have to be on the island to get involved! 

If you are interested, please use our contact form below to send us your details and tell us what difference you would like to make! 

Volunteer FAQs

We don’t set a limit!

Yes, we have a few opportunities for volunteers that do not live on Arran. These could be supporting our educational, communications, campaigning or research activities.

We welcome people with all sorts of skills and experience – you don’t have to be a marine biologist!  We need a wide range of volunteers doing all sorts of things – from working at a computer, decorating or building things, undertaking artwork or research, talking to people, working with children, or being out and about at one of our events– we will match what you bring to a role to suit you.

This varies depending on the volunteering role. We have volunteering opportunities available during the week, at weekends, and occasionally during the evening. 

Volunteering takes place at our Discovery Centre in Lamlash Bay, out and about at events in the area, and occasionally at other venues around the island. 

Alternatively – If you would like to do something where you live to support COAST, get in touch! We would love to hear your ideas.  

Volunteers are not paid but can claim approved expenses. 

Depending on your volunteer role with us, you will receive specific training. All volunteers will attend a short induction session and receive a volunteer handbook.

No, but we can help you by signposting you to various options that have worked for our volunteers in the past.

Probably both! Much of our work is actually indoors so this will depend on factors such as the time of year, and what needs to be done.

Volunteers Testimonials

Angus Robson


Angus is a diver and underwater photographer as well as a retired tradesman… When you meet him ask him why he is the only member of the OFD Club…?

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Debora assisted greatly in setting up the Discovery Centre. She thinks that joining COAST as a volunteer is a great way to get involved, meet people, make good use of your skills and learn about Arran’s marine life.

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A Graphic Designer, Simon helps COAST at the Discovery Centre and setting up gazebos! After many years living in South America, he has returned home to Arran.

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Sue Ash

Sue Ash

Extreme beach cleaner! Sue is a passionate scuba diver and sea swimmer. She wants to inspire as many people as possible to take care of our seas.

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