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:

  • fill in one of our on-line application forms by clicking one of the following:

Education Volunteer Application (for vacancies in the Education Department: currently School Guides and Animal Volunteers).
General Volunteer Application (for all other Departments).

(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 in departments other than Education, where students are very welcome to apply for placements to the Education Manager.

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

Department Vacancies Available Departmental Manager
Gardening – indoor areas None at present – please check again later in the year. Wayne Williams
0121 454 1860
Gardening – outdoor areas Currently we have vacancies for 3 volunteers who can show an interest in gardening and are able to come to the gardens once a week for at least four hours.  You should be physically fit and enjoy meeting people as our existing volunteers are very friendly.  If you are interested please read the ROLE DESCRIPTION and fill in an application form clearly stating GARDENING – OUTDOOR AREAS. Unfortunately we do not take volunteers over the weekend

Volunteer Role Description July 2014.doc

Christine Morris
0121 454 1860
Education Two roles exist for Education Volunteers to assist visiting school groups, help out at events or help to care for our education small animal collection: 

PDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Role Description

PDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Application Form

PDF iconAnimal Volunteer Role Description

PDF iconAnimal Volunteer Application Form

Please note that the Animal Volunteer Role stipulates weekend hours but we are also looking for people to help out on weekdays also.

We also warmly welcome students looking for placements on teacher training or animal care courses. We accept both short-term and long-term placements.

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