Volunteers help in many of our departments and play an important role in our visitors' enjoyment and understanding of our Gardens.
Opportunities to Volunteer
We encourage individuals to support our activities by becoming a volunteer. Volunteers support the work of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in many ways and play a central role in the welcome and experience of our visitors.
The main role of the volunteer is to increase the educational value, interest and enjoyment of a visit to the Garden. This includes explaining the vital role of plants in everyday life and the need to ensure better management of the world's resources.
Volunteers are involved within various areas of the Garden including Horticulture, Science Communication, Phenology, Events, Exhibitions, Herbarium and Library.
All opportunities to volunteer are advertised on this page when they arise.
Looking for Job Vacancies?
These are advertised on our Staff vacancies page
- Gallery Assistant
Cooking Sections: Tidal Records
Botanic Cottage, RBGE
Saturday 26 June - Sunday 29 August 2021
We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to join our current team of gallery assistants, welcoming visitors to a new exhibition by artist duo Cooking Sections at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this summer.
Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) explore the systems that organise the world through food. Employing installation, performance, and mapping, their research-based practice operates at the intersection between visual arts, architecture, and geopolitics.
In response to Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, Tidal Records (Cooking Sections’ temporary installation in RBGE’s Botanic Cottage) will tell the story of the ebb and flow of people’s uses of seaweed. Useful and beautiful in equal measure, seaweeds have fed people, supported farming and industry and inspired scientific collectors for hundreds of years. More recently, they have even been looked to as bioindicators of pollution. Drawing upon scientific seaweed collections in the Garden’s Herbarium, Tidal Records introduces a world of fragile beauty with the potential to be part of a sustainable future.
Tidal Records is part of Edinburgh Science Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival 2021, and sits within RBGE’s Climate House project, supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund's Transformative Grant.
What does this role entail?
We offer training for this role, and activities include the following:
- Welcoming and orientating visitors to the exhibition
- Invigilating and ensuring the safety of the artwork on display
- Answering questions about the exhibition, artists, and other RBGE Creative Programmes projects
- Encouraging visitors to engage with the exhibition and works on display
- Maintaining the cleanliness of the exhibition spaces
- B. There could be opportunities to support other exhibitions and events organised by RBGE Creative Programmes too, depending on COVID-19 guidelines at the time
Ideally volunteers will be able to commit to at least 4 hours per week from 26 June to 29 August, between the hours of 10.15am and 4.30pm.
How do I apply?
If this sounds of interest, we would love to hear from you! Please complete an application form and return to email@example.com by Thursday 13 May 2021, along with brief answers to the following questions:
- What do you like most about galleries?
- What is your favourite exhibition you have ever visited, and why do you think you enjoyed it so much?
- What are you looking to gain from joining the volunteergallery assistant team?
If you have any access requirements or questions relating to this volunteering opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Creative Programmes Producer, Amy Porteous at firstname.lastname@example.org
All volunteer opportunities will be promoted on this page when available; if there are no opportunities above, please try again at another time.
If you have any queries relating to volunteering at RBGE, please get in contact by using the enquiry formGet in Touch