Opportunities to Volunteer

We encourage individuals to support our activities through becoming a volunteer. Volunteers support the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in many ways. The main role of the volunteer is to increase the educational value, interest and enjoyment of a visit to the Garden. This includes explaining the vital role of plants in everyday life and the need to ensure better management of the world's resources.

At present volunteers operate within various areas of the Garden including Horticulture, Science Communication, Events, Herbarium and Library. Herbarium volunteers assist with the mounting and curation of specimens, and Library volunteers usually work in the Archives or Illustrations collections.

Any current opportunities to volunteer at RBGE will be fully advertised below.

Herbarium Curatorial Volunteer

The Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) holds approximately 3 million preserved specimens of plants and fungi from around the world. The collections cover over 300 years of plant diversity (the oldest specimen dates from 1697) and we continue to receive up to 30,000 specimens each year. The collection is actively used to support research at the RBGE and at other institutions around the world.

Incoming material whether from field trips or specimens returned from institutional loans must be incorporated into the main collection filing system. Our specimens are organised taxonomically and geographically, a filing system which facilitates scientific research on our collections.

We need your help to incorporate specimens into the herbarium, this will enrich and increase the collection’s accessibility for crucial scientific research. In addition you will assist with the preservation of the collection by assessing and splitting specimens into additional folders where necessary. Click here for further details.

If you are interested in applying for this role please fill in the volunteer application form and send it to sking@rbge.org.uk by 5pm,  31st January 2018.



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