Volunteering with the OAS

The OAS  maintains two registers of members of the Society who would like to volunteer  some of their time to support the Society in a practical  way:




For members who would like to assist the running of  Society events , support our fundraising activities, or assist with the post excavation processing and cataloguing of finds.   Recently  volunteers have given their time  to assist us manning the Blue Door Charity shop in Kirkwall,  and  to help staff the OAS shop at the Ness of Brodgar excavation.    We are also always looking for volunteers to assist the Orkney College Archaeology department in processing and cataloguing the mountain of finds  that are unearthed each season from the various Orkney excavations such as the Ness of Brodgar, The Cairns on South Ronaldsay  and Braes O' Ha'breck  on Wyre.

If you feel able to offer a few hours of your time  please download and complete the   Backroom Volunteer Form   and return it to OAS BACKROOM VOLUNTEERS, PO BOX 6213 , KIRKWALL, ORKNEY KW15 1YD


The OAS is sometimes approached by the project directors of Orkney excavations seeking volunteers to take part as diggers.  The requirements of each excavation will vary, some projects will be looking for experienced volunteers, others will happily take 'first timers;, giving all required on-site training.   The Society maintains a register of members who would like to be Site Volunteers.  If we receive a request for assistance from an excavation  we  put potential volunteers in contact with the excavation's dig director.  Normally Site Volunteers should be aged 18 years or over, there is no upper age limit, but you should be happy to work in the open air regardless of what Orkney's weather may throw at you, and possess a full set of waterproofs and stout boots!  

If you would like to add your name to the OAS Site Volunteers register please download the  Site Volunteer Form   and return it to OAS SITE VOLUNTEERS, PO BOX 6213 , KIRKWALL, ORKNEY KW15 1YD

Alternatively you can download the form, complete them & then scan & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the completed form to us.

Please note that completion of the form does not guarantee you a place on any project, as this is at the discretion of the archaeological project managers concerned -the Society acts as a facilitator only and has no part in the decision making process.  This is a service we offer to members of the Society, so if you are not already a member please join now!

Please also note that there are limited numbers of places available for volunteers on some of the well-known excavations in Orkney, such as the Ness of Brodgar, which receives many hundreds of requests each year, so unfortunately it is not always possible for site directors to give places to everyone who wants to dig.





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