Volunteer

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

Current opportunities

Scottish Plant Conservation Volunteer

RBGE Scottish Plant Conservation Volunteer 

We are looking for an enthusiastic garden volunteer to assist with horticultural tasks within the nursery at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, growing Scottish plants for conservation and display as a part of the Scottish Biodiversity Group.  

 

Location of volunteering:  

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 

20A Inverleith Row 

Edinburgh 

EH3 5LR 

United Kingdom 

 

The role includes the following: 

  • Assisting with general nursery work including watering, weeding, propagation, and pest control.
  • Possibility of attending fieldwork within Scotland
  • Possibility of assisting with record work and research.
  • Possibility of very occasionally engaging with visitors to the garden, for example by assisting with public workshops. 
  • Promoting health and safety across the garden in line with RBGE’s policies 

 

Commitment 

We are looking for a volunteer available at the following times: 

  • One day a week, preferably 9.30am – 3.30pm(though this can be flexible)

 

What we can offer: 

  • Practical experience and training within conservation horticulture (including a range of propagation techniques) and experience assisting with scientific research.
  • Possible experience of fieldwork.
  • 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 will provide volunteers with steel toe-cap boots and a uniform – but this may take a few weeks to order.  

Please wear clothes appropriate for gardening and wet weather. 

 

What we are looking for: 

  • An interest in horticulture, Scottish plants and conservation. 
  • Attention to detail with regards to the importance of record keeping for conservation.
  • Able to work independently occasionally as well as within a small team.
  • Being open to learning and developing new skills.
  • Some horticultural knowledge is preferred
  • Please be aware that this can be a physically demanding role, especially if field work is undertaken.
  • 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 'Scottish Plant Conservation Volunteer’ in the subject line by 9am on Tuesday 17th September 2019

Please indicate on the form what relevant skills you can offer in support your application. If you have not heard by 14th October 2019, you must assume that your application has not been successful. 

 

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.

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

27 June to 10 November 2019

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

 

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.

Public Engagement & Botanic Cottage 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:

  • Supporting Cottage staff in the development of the public programme within the Cottage
  • Setting up the rooms ready for use prior to visiting groups arrival
  • Liaising with the facilitators while in the Cottage to provide any further group activity needs
  • 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
  • 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
  • Returning the cottage rooms to the original condition following group use
  • Preparation and facilitation of specific Cottage led public events
  • Recording feedback from those using the Cottage and recording daily room use as required by funders
  • Undertaking any appropriate training as required to support Cottage activity
  • 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

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 ‘Botanic Cottage RBGE Public Engagement Volunteers’ in the subject line.

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