Volunteer

Volunteers help in many of our departments and play an important role in our visitors' enjoyment and understanding of our Gardens.

Current opportunities

Volunteer Gallery Assistant - Inverleith House

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Inverleith House is recruiting enthusiastic and friendly volunteer gallery assistants. 

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.
A great opportunity to work with a small team based in the most enviable of locations.

Ideally volunteers will be able to commit to at least 4 hours per week, between the hours of 10.15am and 5.30pm (Sept/March) 4.30pm (Oct/Feb) or 3.30pm (Nov/Dec/Jan) - depending on seasonal opening hours. 

Fixed days and sessions can be discussed upon completion of your application.

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
  • Travel expenses within Edinburgh, if required - these must be agreed in advance and receipted

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

RBGE Values

  • We are inclusive: We recognise, reward and celebrate each other’s unique contribution and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • We value pride: We have a strong sense of belonging and demonstrate this through what we say and what we do.
  • We have purpose: We are clear on the long and short term priorities of RBGE and align our contribution, responses and actions to these.
  • We are communicative: We are open, respectful, consultative, creating an environment of transparency and trust.
  • We are collaborative: We respect expertise and actively seek opportunities to improve how we work together.
  • We are customer-focussed: We understand the needs of our customers and colleagues, and meet and exceed their expectations.
  • We celebrate and value curiosity: We are inquisitive and engaged with the world around us, constantly exploring, expanding our expertise and sharing our knowledge.

To Apply:

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

 

After Hortus Malabaricus: Sensing and Presencing Rare Plants 

Saturday 11 January – Sunday 22 March 2020

This exhibition by artist Siân Bowen is the result of inspiration drawn from the extraordinary 17th century treatise on plants of Malabar, Hortus Malabaricus, and pressed  plant specimens brought from India to Edinburgh during the 19th century and now held in the RBGE Herbarium collection. The works include drawings, artist’s books and video works.

Herbology – RBGE Physic Garden Volunteer

Herbology – RBGE Physic Garden Volunteer

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) Herbology team has an exciting opportunity for volunteers who have a passion for conservation and an interest in herbology and physic gardens.

As an RBGE Physic Garden volunteer you will be involved in the various (but relatively straight forward) horticultural practices that enable the Herbology physic garden herb beds (located within the Demonstration Garden area of the Botanics) to quite literally bloom and grow and put on an all year round good show.

You will be joining a small, very dedicated group of existing volunteers, many of whom are Diploma in Herbology graduates themselves, to help sustain a collection of medicinal herb beds that are collectively known as the Herbology beds, but that include our current attended Dip. herb student plots, the Stock Herb Bed, and the Globe Physic Garden (our most recent acquisition!).

The RBGE Physic Garden volunteers meet regularly, (once a week on a Monday morning) as a group, to undertake the various seasonal tasks that the maintenance of all the Herbology herb beds require.

All RBGE Herbology Physic Garden volunteers operate under the guidance of the RBGE Herbology programme director (Catherine Conway-Payne) and our senior Physic Garden volunteer (Senga Bate).

 

Location of volunteering:

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

20A Inverleith Row

Edinburgh

EH3 5LR

United Kingdom

 

The role includes the following:

  • Engaging in the practical maintenance of the Herbology herb beds
  • Participating in seasonal physic garden tasks related to the Herbology programmes
  • Helping to develop the current Globe Physic Garden
  • Helping deliver Herbology physic garden related events/happenings
  • Engaging with visitors to our herb beds
  • Working alongside others involved with the same task

 

Commitment

Ideally, volunteers will be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week on a Monday, between the times of 10am-1pm

Fixed days and times cam be discussed upon completion of your application.

 

What we can offer:

  • Practical experience and training within a horticultural setting
  • References, advice and networking opportunities
  • 10% discount in the shop/restaurants
  • Travel expenses within Edinburgh, if required - these must be agreed in advance and receipted
  • Clothing: We provide volunteers with an RBGE T-Shirt

 

What we are looking for:

  • An interest in medicinal herbs and their conservation
  • Enthusiasm for Herbology
  • Ability to work as part of a small team
  • Willingness to converse with the students, general public and other visitors to the Garden
  • Loyalty to RBGE and a commitment to facilitate the RBGE Physic Garden endeavour
  • Good herb/botanical identification is desirable – but will be acquired naturally!
  • Being open to learning and developing new skills
  • Awareness of Health & Safety policy and procedures

 

RBGE Values

  • We are inclusive: We recognise, reward and celebrate each other’s unique contribution and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • We value pride: We have a strong sense of belonging and demonstrate this through what we say and what we do.
  • We have purpose: We are clear on the long and short term priorities of RBGE and align our contribution, responses and actions to these.
  • We are communicative: We are open, respectful, consultative, creating an environment of transparency and trust.
  • We are collaborative: We respect expertise and actively seek opportunities to improve how we work together.
  • We are customer-focussed: We understand the needs of our customers and colleagues, and meet and exceed their expectations.
  • We celebrate and value curiosity: We are inquisitive and engaged with the world around us, constantly exploring, expanding our expertise and sharing our knowledge.

 

To Apply:

Please send an application form to volunteering@rbge.org.uk indicating Herbology – RBGE Physic Garden Volunteer in the subject line by 10am on Monday 24th February 2020

Please indicate on the form what relevant skills you can offer in support your application. If you have not heard from anyone by 23rd March 2020 you must assume that your application has not been successful.

 

Footnote: As a separate initiative, there may be potential for Physic Garden Volunteers who are appropriately experienced and or qualified, to develop their role more widely within the Diploma in Herbology learning programmes.

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