Volunteer

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

Current opportunities

Volunteer Gallery Assistant - Microsculpture

Microsculpture

27 June to 22 September 2019

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Inverleith House is recruiting enthusiastic and friendly volunteers for the upcoming Microsculpture exhibition, showcasing the incredible photographs by Levon Biss.

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 from 27 June to 22 September 2019, between the hours of 10.15am and 5.30pm.

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

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

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

To Apply:

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

Microsculpture

Award winning photographer Levon Biss has joined forces with Oxford University Museum of Natural History to present his ground breaking portraits of insects. Other worldly and gargantuan, these incredibly detailed works show us the unseen beauty of insects.
More information, images and film about the photographer’s process can be found on the website Microsculpture.net

British Data Blitz Project: Herbarium Digitisation Volunteer

Be part of our British Data Blitz Project!

Come and spend two weeks in August with us at the Botanics to help us digitise our world class research collection to increase its accessibility to the global scientific community.

 

What collection will you be working on?

We are a leading botanical collection and our herbarium is one of the largest in the world containing approximately 3 million specimens, and representing half to two thirds of the world’s flora. You will be digitising pressed plant specimens from the British Isles within this collection.

Herbarium specimens are used to identify new species, establish their global distributions and explore their evolutionary relationships. This research helps to provide an essential baseline for the development of conservation strategies and other disciplines, e.g. pharmaceutical research.

 

Why digitise them?

Capturing specimen information digitally allows researchers to build a picture of a species’ historical and current distribution; to see if any changes have occurred, such as a decline in numbers. Specimen collection label data may also provide clues to help explain these changes, for example, habitat loss over time. Thus digitisation helps inform and target conservation efforts protecting plant species for future generations.

 

For more information: Please click on the link to the volunteer role description or pdf.

 

To apply: Please send an application form and a CV to s.king@rbge.org.uk by 19th July 2019, 5pm.

 

 

The Botanic Cottage RBGE Public Engagement Volunteer

The Botanic Cottage RBGE Public Engagement Volunteers – Weekday Support

 2 days a month on days of either a Monday, Thursday or a Friday and occasional weekend. Full or half days.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), Botanic Cottage & RBGE Public Engagement Events team are recruiting for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to support the vital community engagement programme that is carried out in this historic but homely facility.

We have exciting opportunities for volunteers to assist in the daily running of the Cottage, acting as a friendly and informative point of contact for members of the public and supporting the groups who come here to undertake all manner of activity.

We are looking for volunteer assistants who can commit to at least one day a week twice a month between the hours of 9.30am to 12 midday or 12.00 to 5pm. This can vary slightly and is dependent on the requirements of some groups attending.

We would be especially interested to hear from volunteers, who are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Friday’s and the occasional weekend date.

Days and Hours can be flexible with prior notification.

The role includes the following:

  1. Supporting Cottage staff in the development of the public programme within the Cottage
  2. Setting up the rooms ready for use prior to visiting groups arrival
  3. Liaising with the facilitators while in the Cottage to provide any further group activity needs
  4. Feeding back to Cottage staff on any further requirements or amendments to the facilities of the Cottage that would improve the use of the spaces
  5. Engaging in communication either through social media or directly with the visiting public, in relation to activities within the Cottage and the wider activity of RBGE
  6. Returning the cottage rooms to the original condition following group use
  7. Preparation and facilitation of specific Cottage led public events
  8. Recording feedback from those using the Cottage and recording daily room use as required by funders
  9. Undertaking any appropriate training as required to support Cottage activity
  10. Attending planning and co-ordination Cottage Volunteer meetings from time to time

What we can offer:

  • Practical experience and training within one of Scotland’s Premier visitor attraction settings
  • References, advice and networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in RBGE lectures, exhibitions & events
  • 10% discount in the shop/restaurants & courses

What we are looking for

  • Experience of a public facing role
  • Experience with visitor groups or conducting talks or tours and /or
  • Volunteering at a visitor attraction
  • An interest in the history of Edinburgh and the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Excellent communication and public engagement skills
  • Ability to participate as a member of a team
  • Awareness of Health & Safety policy and procedures

To Apply:

Please send an application form to volunteering@rbge.org.uk indicating ‘Botanic Cottage RBGE Public Engagement Volunteers’ in the subject line. Closing date for this application is Friday 2nd Aug.

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