Volunteers

Volunteers

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has always relied upon, and greatly appreciated, the fantastic support of volunteers. We would like to extend our thanks to the invaluable support of the hundred or so volunteers who joined us in 2017. Volunteers make a vital contribution by supporting the Trust as they do to the running of the Fair.

The involvement of volunteers at the Fair provides essential practical support and broadens the involvement of the public with the Trust while providing volunteers with an enjoyable and enriching experience. And, this year was no exception, we were blessed with some of the best volunteers we’ve ever had.

Building on the GWCT Scottish Game Fair’s established reputation as Scotland’s best outdoor show and largest game fair, the 30th annual Fair in 2018 is set to be as spectacular as ever.

Apply to be a volunteer

If you fancy joining us again or would like to volunteer for the first time in 2018 click here to apply.

We are always looking for volunteers of all ages and can offer lots of varied activities from selling raffle tickets and programmes to assisting with the gun dogs and fishing competitions.

You may have particular skills and interests which are suited to specific tasks or you simply want to be part of an incredibly successful event. You may not have previously considered involving yourself with the Trust or even attending the Fair but if you are willing to volunteer we would love to hear from you.

All applicants will be contacted before being given a role, and skills will be matched with the vacancies available. Volunteers receive a full briefing prior to taking up a role, either on the day or in the days before the Fair.

Every volunteer will benefit from free forward car parking and a half day to explore and enjoy the Fair. Younger volunteers will also have an opportunity to advance their future careers through the Fair’s Work Experience Partnership Scheme.Being a volunteer at the Fair is a great opportunity to boost your CV, be part of one of Scotland’s biggest events, meet new people, help the Trust and have an incredible amount of fun. We hope you can join us in 2018.

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Rosie’s volunteering story

I first signed up to volunteer at the Scottish Game Fair under the influence of my friend Lissie, who wanted a familiar face by her side as she volunteered for something new. As the kind of person who never shies away from a new experience, I eagerly went onto the website, ticked the boxes for my availability to volunteer, and awaited my confirmation email.

I think having attended the game fair in previous years was helpful because I already knew the general layout and procedure of the fair, but it was still with some trepidation I arrived for my first day’s volunteering. I was given a green volunteer shirt and high-vis jacket and after briefing got stuck in. My first job was at the gates, scanning tickets for the savvy guests who had prebooked online and wanted to beat the queues (word to the wise – this is a great time-saver!).

Other jobs I did included helping on my school’s stall, hand-stamping, and handing out pamphlets and member tags to members coming in at the gate.

It was a real bonus to work alongside other volunteers of different age groups whom I might not have had the chance to meet if not through the fair. It was really enjoyable to speak to them and members of the public whilst working, and to try my hand at something new. Overall I gained a lot of varied experience and enjoyed myself whilst doing so. I wasn’t on duty all of the time and had plenty of opportunities to experience all the Fair had to offer … especially the food tent!.

There’s a huge amount of preparation that goes into large events such as this and it’s amazing to see how many people are needed to make it run safely and
efficiently.

I really enjoyed this experience and would recommend others to get involved. It was so good I’m here again this year!

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