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. All opportunities to volunteer will be fully advertised below when they arise.


Herbarium Curatorial Volunteer

RBGE Herbarium Collections

The Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) holds approximately 3 million 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.

We are currently looking for a volunteer to help to incorporate specimens into the collections; this will enrich and increase the collection's accessibility for crucial scientific research.

For a full description of the duties involved and the skills required please follow the link Herbarium Curatorial Volunteer

If you wish to apply for this volunteering position, please complete the application form linked here- Application Form  and return this to volunteering@rbge.org.uk before Friday 5 August. If you have not heard anything back from us by  19 August you must assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Schools placements are co-ordinated through Career Development Edinburgh and Lothians.

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Bill Jeffrey and Maureen Brazier, volunteers at Dawyck Botanic Garden, taking a well-earned break from weeding the Nepalese area.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)