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

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.


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
Education Two roles currently exist for Education Volunteers:


PDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Role Description

PDF iconSchool Guide Volunteer Application Form

PDF iconAnimal Volunteer Role Description

PDF iconAnimal Volunteer Application Form

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

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 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 PDF iconVolunteer Role Description July 2014.doc 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 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

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

Contact Rosemary Radford 0121 454 1860