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.


RBGE Inverleith House Gallery

Volunteer Information Assistant

The Lost Words

19 May to 2 September 2018 (Launch evening 18 May)

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is recruiting enthusiastic and friendly volunteers for the position of Information Assistant at Inverleith House for a new exhibition, The Lost Words.

During the exhibition, we are seeking volunteers to support our Gallery Assistant team with the daily running of the gallery and act as a friendly and informative point of contact for members of the public. We are looking for volunteers to commit 14 days or equivalent from 18 May to 2 September (one day per week if possible).

The hours we ask are from 10:15am – 5:30pm with a break for lunch and a coffee break.  These can be flexible with prior notification.

 For further information on this role click here.

To Apply: Please send an application form to kmcknight@rbge.org.uk indicating 'Volunteer Information Assistant‘ in the subject line by 9am on 9th May 2018. 



RBGE Botanic Cottage

Garden Social for Dementia Volunteers

We are looking for a number of people to join our Volunteer Team at the Botanic Cottage: Botanic Cottage Web page,  to support our monthly Garden Social meetings. This activity involves supporting a group of our visiting public who engage with one of our Tutors for a session of discussion and activity related to botanical themes. This is also a very important social gathering for those attending these meetings and your role within this team would be about supporting that ethos. The Cottage takes great pride in delivering a safe and welcoming environment to all our visitors from the Community, including those living with dementia.

For more information on this role please download the information sheet here.

To apply for this role please download the application form here and return it to Kelly McKnight, Volunteer Co-ordinator kmcknight@rbge.org.uk indicating '‘RBGE Garden Social’ in the subject line by the 25th May 2018.



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