Volunteer organiser

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What's it like?

You would help people to give their free time to charities and other organisations that do good work. 

It would be your job to publicise the aims of your organisation and encourage people to help. You would also manage the existing volunteers and make sure they are happy with their roles. 

You would:

  • Design activities to attract volunteers
  • Interview volunteers and conduct risk assessments
  • Match people to vacancies
  • Arrange or give training
  • Provide resources
  • Give ongoing coaching and support
  • Work with other agencies
  • Keep records up to date

Working conditions


You’ll usually work around 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. With some organisations, you may need to cover weekends and evenings. Part-time and fixed-term work is often available, particularly in smaller organisations that may not have the budget to employ a full-time organiser.


You’ll be mainly office-based.


Some travel is likely to attend meetings with other organisations and to visit volunteers. You may need a driving licence and use of a vehicle.

UK employment status



Self employed

People behind the job

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Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Taking the lead
  • Being tactful
  • Presenting to people
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Using computers
  • Budgeting
  • Planning and organising
  • Working with numbers

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


There is no set entry route for this job however some employers may ask for a relevant degree (SCQF level 9/10) or professional qualification.

Many people go into this role after experience in a related career.

IT skills are useful

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Administration
  • ICT subjects
  • Business subjects

You will also need

You will need to be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland.

You usually need experience of being a volunteer.


Helpful to have

A portfolio of relevant qualifications from organisations such as Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) or Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).