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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.

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