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Volunteer Gallery Assistant - The Fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry

The Fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry

16 March to 27 May 2019

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Inverleith House is recruiting enthusiastic and friendly volunteers for a new exhibition The Fourth Cordis Prize for Tapestry.

We have exciting opportunities for volunteers to assist in the daily running of the gallery, acting as a friendly and informative point of contact for members of the public.

We are looking for volunteer gallery assistants who can commit to at least one day per week during 16 March to 27 May 2019, between the hours of 10.15am and 5.30pm.

We would be especially interested to hear from volunteers, who are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Weekends. 

Days and Hours can be flexible with prior notification.

The role includes the following:

  • Welcoming and orientating visitors in the gallery
  • Invigilating and ensuring the safety and security of works on display
  • Answering questions about the gallery, exhibition and artists
  • Encouraging visitors to engage with the exhibition and the works on display with awareness of different backgrounds and levels of understanding
  • Working in a small team to ensure the smooth running of the exhibition and related events
  • Engaging visitors with the resources and information available
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of exhibition spaces
  • Promoting health and safety across the gallery in line with RBGE’s policies
  • Opportunities to take part in other activities such as leading discursive tours with small groups of visitors

What we can offer:

  • Practical experience and training within a gallery setting
  • References, advice and networking opportunities
  • Allow you to develop confidence in communicating ideas about art
  • Opportunities to participate in private views, openings and events
  • 10% discount in the shop/restaurants

What we are looking for:

  • Excellent communication and public engagement skills
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of art and nature
  • Ability to participate as a member of a team
  • Ability to respond to general enquiries
  • Attention to detail
  • High level of presentation and professionalism
  • Awareness of Health & Safety policy and procedures

To Apply:

Please send an application form to volunteering@rbge.org.uk indicating 'Volunteer Gallery Assistant’ in the subject line

Herbarium South Asia Curation Volunteer

Herbarium South Asia Curation Volunteer

Our herbarium collections are organised into 19 floristic geographical regions. Traditionally at RBGE region 5, South Asia, has included: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. At present this region contains over 400,000 specimens. The aim of this project is to split region 5 into five subdivisions which will enable researchers to work with the specimens more easily.


We would like volunteers to commit to at least 6 months. We are looking for help at the following time:

Tuesdays from 11:00 am onwards during initial training period after which the starting time will be more flexible.

For more information about the project and volunteer role description click here.

If you wish to make an application, please complete the attached volunteer application form and return this by email to volunteering@rbge.org.uk  by close of business on Monday 10th June 2019 indicating ‘Herbarium South Asia Curation Volunteer’ in the subject line. Please indicate on the form what relevant skills you can offer in support your application. If you are successful in being given this volunteering opportunity you will be contacted directly. If you have not heard from anyone by 14th June, you must assume that your application has not been successful.

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