Could you offer at least a half a day a week?

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 volunteer vacancies in the Education Department)


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)


Or you can choose to download and complete the relevant form:

General Volunteer Application Form

OR the Education School Guide Volunteer Application Form

OR the Education Animal Volunteer Application Form (a waiting list is currently in operation for this role)

and return your completed form to the Gardens marked for the attention of the relevant Departmental Manager together with your supporting evidence and 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.


Department Vacancies Available Departmental Manager
Education PDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Role DescriptionPDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Application Form

PDF iconAnimal Volunteer Role Description  (a waiting list is currently in operation for this role)

PDF iconAnimal Volunteer Application Form (a waiting list is currently in operation for this role)

We also warmly welcome students looking for placements on teacher training or animal care courses. We accept both short-term placements (for the school guide role only) and longer term placements (for both the school guide and animal role).

Deborah Knott
0121 450 5093
Gardening – indoor areas None at present – please check again later in the year Wayne Williams
0121 454 1860
Gardening – outdoor areas CURRENTLY WE HAVE NO VACANCIES Christine Morris
0121 454 1860
Shop & Plant Part-time vacancies available during weekdays and weekends:PDF iconShop Volunteer Role Description 0121 454 9473
Reception & Office Part-time vacancies available during weekdays and weekends:PDF IconReception Volunteer Role Description  0121 454 1860
Trustees Vacancies available particularly for Trustees with fundraising or marketing skills

James Wheeler

0121 454 1860

Maintenance & Aviaries Maintenance – vacancy for volunteer for general maintenance and cleaning:Maintenance / cleaning job descriptionAviaries – 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

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

Rosemary Radford

0121 454 1860

Volunteer Statements

What is it like to volunteer at the Gardens? Here are some comments from our Education Volunteer team:

“A day in the life of a volunteer, to me it is a breath of fresh air, the look on children’s faces when you show them an animal…. magic.”

“I have worked as an animal volunteer since August 2014. Essentially my role is to take care of the growing education animal collection here at the Gardens. My day starts by checking that each of the animals are OK, before carrying out animal husbandry tasks such as food preparation and cleaning the vivariums. By far, the most enjoyable part of my day is taking time to handle the animals. Working so closely with our animals allows you to get to know their individual personalities and is its own reward!”

“Volunteering at the Botanical Gardens has given me a huge amount of experience which will stay with me forever, I enjoy my work which is caring and looking after the animals in the education department and at the same time it has helped me in many ways being a animal care student. My roles are general animal cleaning duties, daily feeding and observations and the main one which is the animal husbandry, handling the animals is quite fun but at the same time very helpful as it helps build your confidence and experiences. The support I have received from the educational manager has been very helpful which I appreciate and I am grateful of.  Overall it’s a nice place to volunteer and to spare time to; every little helps!”

“I have been a education volunteer for approximately six months and it has been a fantastic role. On a daily basis, my role involves showing the school children around the various gardens. There are two main areas where the children visit which are the tropical house and the subtropical house, and this is where they take part in the Rainforest Challenge. The challenge involves helping the children to use various written clues to find specific plants. The children get see an enormous range of various plants but they also get to see the Japanese Koi Carp fish. Once they have completed the challenge, then the answers are explained to them and they also have a great opportunity to look a various plant seeds, etc. The Gardens have numerous visitors as well as members of the public and its a wonderful place to admire and embrace our wonderful plant life.”

“It’s lots of fun volunteering for a few hours, when you want to and when you can. You’re sharing a beautiful place with really nice colleagues all guided, with a lovely light touch, by the education manager. The kids are always up for a laugh and those that aren’t, you can feed to the animals! You can do whatever volunteering you want; taking tours around or just helping out and in the hot houses you get to keep warm all winter!”