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Could you offer at least a half a day a week? Could you offer a minimum commitment of 6 months?

Volunteers play a very important role in caring for the Gardens and we offer a very warm welcome. We currently have about 55 people coming in to different departments of the Gardens on a regular basis.

Volunteers are allocated to a Departmental Manager and are supervised at all times.

If you are interested in any of the volunteer vacancies listed below, please either:

(If you do this you will still have to post or e-mail in any supporting evidence or CV)


Work experience - We are really sorry but due to lack of sufficient staff resources for supervision, we are unable to offer any work experience for students or school students.

Corporate Volunteering

Are you part of a group or business? Would you like to spend a day with your colleagues out of the office, getting your hands dirty? Perhaps our corporate volunteering days could be for you?

We have a variety of manual tasks around the gardens that need to happen throughout the year to keep our visitors happy. These tasks provide a great opportunity for work colleagues to come together as a team and create a practical project in beautiful surroundings - very different to a normal day at the office! Recent groups include Npower, KPMG and Royal Bank of Scotland.

All workers on site are required to wear safety boots and as a charity the Botanical Gardens regrets that it does not have the resources to supply these, so all interested organisations would be required to provide these for each employee to wear on the day.

For further details contact our Outdoors Area Supervisor, Christine Morris, on:

0121 454 1860

DepartmentVacancies AvailableDepartmental Manager
Gardening - indoor areas

None at present - please check again later in the year.

Wayne Williams

0121 454 1860

Gardening - outdoor areas

None at present - please check again later in the year.

Outdoor Gardening Volunteer Role Description

Christine Morris

0121 454 1860


Vacancies exist for Education Volunteers to assist visiting school groups during weekdays in term-time:

PDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Role Description

PDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Application Form

PDF iconWeekend Animal Volunteer Role Description

PDF iconWeekend Animal Volunteer Application Form

Family activities - we have a vacancy for someone keen on animals and who would enjoy showing our new animal collection to visitors at weekends or during school holidays. You must be enthusiastic about and be confident to handle animals, enjoy talking to the public, be dependable and be able to work independently. There is no job description available right now but this role is similar to the one above - please contact Deborah Knott for more details and an informal chat about the role.

Deborah Knott

0121 450 5093

Shop & Plant Sales

Part-time vacancies available during weekdays and weekends:

PDF iconShop Volunteer Role Description

Isobel Blackwell

0121 454 9473

Reception & Office

Part-time vacancies available during weekdays and weekends:

PDF IconReception Volunteer Role Description

Isobel Blackwell

0121 454 1860

Finance & Fundraising No vacancies at present.

Marie Purcell

0121 454 1860

Maintenance & Aviaries

Maintenance - vacancy for volunteer for general maintenance and cleaning:

Maintenance / cleaning job description

Aviaries - we have a vacancy for someone keen on birds who doesn't mind some hard work and getting messy - no job description available right now but similar to the one above - please contact Malcolm Taylor for more details or e-mail or post in an application form as above.

Malcolm Taylor

0121 454 1860

Interpretation, Library & Plant Records

Vacancies for:

  • A Horticultural Committee Minute Taker to record and produce the minutes for these bi-monthly meetings on a Tuesday afternoon.
  • Library volunteers - none at present

James Wheeler

0121 454 1860

Trustees Vacancies available particularly for Trustees with fundraising or marketing skills.

James Wheeler

0121 454 1860

Friends Group Vacancies available to help to organise events such as Plant Hunters' Fairs, Book Sales and other events.

Rosemary Radford

0121 454 1860


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