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The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, value the role of volunteers understanding that they are an integral part of the organisation. Over 500 community members volunteer to support this work of this historic and important government organisation.  


The Trust and Foundation & Friends are advocates of best practice in volunteer management, they respect the skills that volunteers have and the support they give to the organisation and the greater community.

Volunteers assist with the scientific, horticultural and conservation work of the Trust and promote the wonderful work of the staff through guided walks and onsite interpretation. Volunteers also enhance the visitor experience by providing information and orientation for visitors.

The Foundation & Friends volunteers raise funds through a diverse range of programs, assist with visitor engagement and promote the work of the Botanic Gardens to its members. Proceeds raised by Foundation & Friends help to support science, horticulrure, conservation and education programs across your three Botanic Gardens. To volunteer with Foundation & Friends you need to join as a member. Become a member today.

Corporate Volunteers, through our major sponsors, work with Gardens’ staff on short term projects.
 

Volunteer Programs

Due to the popularity of our volunteer programs, we have limited vacancies at this present time. Vacancies are listed below.

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The Calyx Volunteer
The primary role is to offer excellence in customer service to visitors in The Calyx by providing a face-to-face opportunity for visitors to ask information about the plants in the display. The Calyx Volunteer will promote the plant display and activities available for the visitor’s enjoyment. Register your interest by email paul.nicholson@bgcp.nsw.gov.au.

Herbarium 
Specimen Mounting Volunteers mount pressed and dried plant specimens onto archival board for the National Herbarium of NSW. Volunteers mount a wide range of plant families, from fragile orchids and lichens to bulky banksias. Approximately 20 per cent of the 1.2 million Herbarium collection is now mounted on archival paper. Attention to detail essential.

Currently no vacancies

Specialist horticulturist 
Volunteers assist in special horticultural projects such as maintaining the Begonia Collection and the Rose Garden, and assisting with the Garden’s Palm Collection.

Currently no vacancies

Library
Library Volunteers provide assistance to the Library staff by helping to shelve materials, covering and end-processing books, scanning, stocktaking journals and other smaller discrete projects. They also assist with archiving the Library’s photograph and ephemerae. Experience is very useful.

Currently no vacancies

Science: Plant pathology 
Plant Pathology volunteers assist in routine plant pathology laboratory work within the Plant Disease Diagnostic Unit (PDDU) and assist in laboratory/field/greenhouse work associated with research projects within the Plant Pathology Section.

Currently no vacancies
 
Scientific Field Work and Special Project
Volunteers assist Trust scientific staff with field work and special projects. Volunteers also assist with the compilation of information for research projects in systematics and ecology. 

Currently no vacancies

Visitor Experience 
Assist visitors during their time in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Duties may include meet and greet, Garden information, visitor surveying and directional assistance at Trust planned special events.

New Year’s Eve Visitor Experience Volunteer.
Donna.osland@bgcp.nsw.gov.au

Volunteer Guides
Volunteer Guides provide visitors with general orientation and on-site interpretation, enhancing their experience with informative tours of the Garden. They cover topics of science, horticulture and site history in an engaging way. Guides also assist with other educational and administrative activities.Volunteer Guides generate goodwill and increase community support for the Gardens.

No Vacancies

Upcoming Training for New Volunteer Guides this Winter. Please call Paul Nicholson on 92318317 or email paul.nicholson@bgcp.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.
Bush Regeneration 
Assist with the restoration of natural areas, mainly Cumberland Plan Woodland. Work involves removing weed species and assisting with practices which will promote native plant growth and regeneration.

For expression of interest email: Jordan.scott@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Fauna Monitoring 
Monitor the vast array of bird life at the Garden.

No Vacancies 

Special Science Projects
Assist scientific staff in PlantBank and with field work.
 
No Vacancies

Visitor Experience 
Assist Garden’s staff with special Garden events on a variety of tasks such as visitor orientation and direction, meet and greet, surveying and area maintenance.

Vacancies will be posted at various times of the year

Volunteer Guides
Provide visitors with Guided tours of the Garden and PlantBank. Guides enhance visitors’ enjoyment and knowledge, generate good will and increase community support for the Gardens.

An interest in the local area and Australian native plants and engaging with visitors essential.
 
Volunteer Guides
Volunteer Guides provide visitors with event and Garden information and guided walking and shuttle tours. Guides enhance visitors’ enjoyment and knowledge, generate good will and increase community support for the Gardens.

An interest in the Garden, local area, history of the area and cool climate plants along with a keenness to engage with visitors essential.

If you are interested in joining our team please send an expression of interest to lisa.grieve@bgcp.nsw.gov.au letting us know why you wish to Volunteer and any skills, knowledge or interests that you may have.
Catering
Volunteer Caterers prepare and serve refreshments at many functions at all three Gardens. Apply today

Information booth
Volunteers providing information and assistance to visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Apply today

Exhibitions
Volunteers assist with set up, display, hosting, sale assistants at Foundation & Friends exhibitions including Botanica, Artisans in the Gardens and Treecycle. Apply today

Events
Volunteers oversee and run a variety of events, setting up equipment, introducing speakers and hosting attendees. Apply today

Office administration
Administrative assistance is given in Foundation & Friends reception, data entry, membership, general office duties and packaging of items. Apply today

Plant propagation and sales
Teams propagate plants at all three Gardens under the guidance of the Gardens horticulture staff. They sell their plants through a nursery and Visitor Centres in the Gardens, as well as at gardening and community shows and exhibitions. Apply today

Talking Friends
Talking Friends inform and educate the public through various organisations about the work of Foundation & Friends and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Apply today

To apply or for more information on volunteering with Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens please phone (02) 9231 8182 or email foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Find out more about joining Foundation & Friends and help your Gardens grow.
The Calyx Volunteer
The primary role is to offer excellence in customer service to visitors in The Calyx by providing a face-to-face opportunity for visitors to ask information about the plants in the display. The Calyx Volunteer will promote the plant display and activities available for the visitor’s enjoyment. Register your interest by email paul.nicholson@bgcp.nsw.gov.au.

Herbarium 
Specimen Mounting Volunteers mount pressed and dried plant specimens onto archival board for the National Herbarium of NSW. Volunteers mount a wide range of plant families, from fragile orchids and lichens to bulky banksias. Approximately 20 per cent of the 1.2 million Herbarium collection is now mounted on archival paper. Attention to detail essential.

Currently no vacancies

Specialist horticulturist 
Volunteers assist in special horticultural projects such as maintaining the Begonia Collection and the Rose Garden, and assisting with the Garden’s Palm Collection.

Currently no vacancies

Library
Library Volunteers provide assistance to the Library staff by helping to shelve materials, covering and end-processing books, scanning, stocktaking journals and other smaller discrete projects. They also assist with archiving the Library’s photograph and ephemerae. Experience is very useful.

Currently no vacancies

Science: Plant pathology 
Plant Pathology volunteers assist in routine plant pathology laboratory work within the Plant Disease Diagnostic Unit (PDDU) and assist in laboratory/field/greenhouse work associated with research projects within the Plant Pathology Section.

Currently no vacancies
 
Scientific Field Work and Special Project
Volunteers assist Trust scientific staff with field work and special projects. Volunteers also assist with the compilation of information for research projects in systematics and ecology. 

Currently no vacancies

Visitor Experience 
Assist visitors during their time in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Duties may include meet and greet, Garden information, visitor surveying and directional assistance at Trust planned special events.

New Year’s Eve Visitor Experience Volunteer.
Donna.osland@bgcp.nsw.gov.au

Volunteer Guides
Volunteer Guides provide visitors with general orientation and on-site interpretation, enhancing their experience with informative tours of the Garden. They cover topics of science, horticulture and site history in an engaging way. Guides also assist with other educational and administrative activities.Volunteer Guides generate goodwill and increase community support for the Gardens.

No Vacancies

Upcoming Training for New Volunteer Guides this Winter. Please call Paul Nicholson on 92318317 or email paul.nicholson@bgcp.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.
Bush Regeneration 
Assist with the restoration of natural areas, mainly Cumberland Plan Woodland. Work involves removing weed species and assisting with practices which will promote native plant growth and regeneration.

For expression of interest email: Jordan.scott@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Fauna Monitoring 
Monitor the vast array of bird life at the Garden.

No Vacancies 

Special Science Projects
Assist scientific staff in PlantBank and with field work.
 
No Vacancies

Visitor Experience 
Assist Garden’s staff with special Garden events on a variety of tasks such as visitor orientation and direction, meet and greet, surveying and area maintenance.

Vacancies will be posted at various times of the year

Volunteer Guides
Provide visitors with Guided tours of the Garden and PlantBank. Guides enhance visitors’ enjoyment and knowledge, generate good will and increase community support for the Gardens.

An interest in the local area and Australian native plants and engaging with visitors essential.
 
Volunteer Guides
Volunteer Guides provide visitors with event and Garden information and guided walking and shuttle tours. Guides enhance visitors’ enjoyment and knowledge, generate good will and increase community support for the Gardens.

An interest in the Garden, local area, history of the area and cool climate plants along with a keenness to engage with visitors essential.

If you are interested in joining our team please send an expression of interest to lisa.grieve@bgcp.nsw.gov.au letting us know why you wish to Volunteer and any skills, knowledge or interests that you may have.
Catering
Volunteer Caterers prepare and serve refreshments at many functions at all three Gardens. Apply today

Information booth
Volunteers providing information and assistance to visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Apply today

Exhibitions
Volunteers assist with set up, display, hosting, sale assistants at Foundation & Friends exhibitions including Botanica, Artisans in the Gardens and Treecycle. Apply today

Events
Volunteers oversee and run a variety of events, setting up equipment, introducing speakers and hosting attendees. Apply today

Office administration
Administrative assistance is given in Foundation & Friends reception, data entry, membership, general office duties and packaging of items. Apply today

Plant propagation and sales
Teams propagate plants at all three Gardens under the guidance of the Gardens horticulture staff. They sell their plants through a nursery and Visitor Centres in the Gardens, as well as at gardening and community shows and exhibitions. Apply today

Talking Friends
Talking Friends inform and educate the public through various organisations about the work of Foundation & Friends and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Apply today

To apply or for more information on volunteering with Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens please phone (02) 9231 8182 or email foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Find out more about joining Foundation & Friends and help your Gardens grow.
The Calyx Volunteer
The primary role is to offer excellence in customer service to visitors in The Calyx by providing a face-to-face opportunity for visitors to ask information about the plants in the display. The Calyx Volunteer will promote the plant display and activities available for the visitor’s enjoyment. Register your interest by email paul.nicholson@bgcp.nsw.gov.au.

Herbarium 
Specimen Mounting Volunteers mount pressed and dried plant specimens onto archival board for the National Herbarium of NSW. Volunteers mount a wide range of plant families, from fragile orchids and lichens to bulky banksias. Approximately 20 per cent of the 1.2 million Herbarium collection is now mounted on archival paper. Attention to detail essential.

Currently no vacancies

Specialist horticulturist 
Volunteers assist in special horticultural projects such as maintaining the Begonia Collection and the Rose Garden, and assisting with the Garden’s Palm Collection.

Currently no vacancies

Library
Library Volunteers provide assistance to the Library staff by helping to shelve materials, covering and end-processing books, scanning, stocktaking journals and other smaller discrete projects. They also assist with archiving the Library’s photograph and ephemerae. Experience is very useful.

Currently no vacancies

Science: Plant pathology 
Plant Pathology volunteers assist in routine plant pathology laboratory work within the Plant Disease Diagnostic Unit (PDDU) and assist in laboratory/field/greenhouse work associated with research projects within the Plant Pathology Section.

Currently no vacancies
 
Scientific Field Work and Special Project
Volunteers assist Trust scientific staff with field work and special projects. Volunteers also assist with the compilation of information for research projects in systematics and ecology. 

Currently no vacancies

Visitor Experience 
Assist visitors during their time in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Duties may include meet and greet, Garden information, visitor surveying and directional assistance at Trust planned special events.

New Year’s Eve Visitor Experience Volunteer.
Donna.osland@bgcp.nsw.gov.au

Volunteer Guides
Volunteer Guides provide visitors with general orientation and on-site interpretation, enhancing their experience with informative tours of the Garden. They cover topics of science, horticulture and site history in an engaging way. Guides also assist with other educational and administrative activities.Volunteer Guides generate goodwill and increase community support for the Gardens.

No Vacancies

Upcoming Training for New Volunteer Guides this Winter. Please call Paul Nicholson on 92318317 or email paul.nicholson@bgcp.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.
Bush Regeneration 
Assist with the restoration of natural areas, mainly Cumberland Plan Woodland. Work involves removing weed species and assisting with practices which will promote native plant growth and regeneration.

For expression of interest email: Jordan.scott@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Fauna Monitoring 
Monitor the vast array of bird life at the Garden.

No Vacancies 

Special Science Projects
Assist scientific staff in PlantBank and with field work.
 
No Vacancies

Visitor Experience 
Assist Garden’s staff with special Garden events on a variety of tasks such as visitor orientation and direction, meet and greet, surveying and area maintenance.

Vacancies will be posted at various times of the year

Volunteer Guides
Provide visitors with Guided tours of the Garden and PlantBank. Guides enhance visitors’ enjoyment and knowledge, generate good will and increase community support for the Gardens.

An interest in the local area and Australian native plants and engaging with visitors essential.
 
Volunteer Guides
Volunteer Guides provide visitors with event and Garden information and guided walking and shuttle tours. Guides enhance visitors’ enjoyment and knowledge, generate good will and increase community support for the Gardens.

An interest in the Garden, local area, history of the area and cool climate plants along with a keenness to engage with visitors essential.

If you are interested in joining our team please send an expression of interest to lisa.grieve@bgcp.nsw.gov.au letting us know why you wish to Volunteer and any skills, knowledge or interests that you may have.
Catering
Volunteer Caterers prepare and serve refreshments at many functions at all three Gardens. Apply today

Information booth
Volunteers providing information and assistance to visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Apply today

Exhibitions
Volunteers assist with set up, display, hosting, sale assistants at Foundation & Friends exhibitions including Botanica, Artisans in the Gardens and Treecycle. Apply today

Events
Volunteers oversee and run a variety of events, setting up equipment, introducing speakers and hosting attendees. Apply today

Office administration
Administrative assistance is given in Foundation & Friends reception, data entry, membership, general office duties and packaging of items. Apply today

Plant propagation and sales
Teams propagate plants at all three Gardens under the guidance of the Gardens horticulture staff. They sell their plants through a nursery and Visitor Centres in the Gardens, as well as at gardening and community shows and exhibitions. Apply today

Talking Friends
Talking Friends inform and educate the public through various organisations about the work of Foundation & Friends and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Apply today

To apply or for more information on volunteering with Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens please phone (02) 9231 8182 or email foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Find out more about joining Foundation & Friends and help your Gardens grow.
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