Volunteer with us

Two volunteers in the garden, standing by a tree looking cheerful

We have a range of voluntary roles in the Garden. Find out more and apply to join us.

Why volunteer?

Volunteers are a respected and valued part of the workforce in the Garden. Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to help the Garden continue to develop and flourish. We are looking for enthusiasm, reliability and commitment. Specialist skills are useful but not essential.

What do our volunteers do?

There are many different activities that you could help with. Our volunteering opportunities fall into two broad categories:

  • General volunteers

      • Practical Garden duties. Anything from weeding to watering to winter protection.
      • Welcome visitors to the garden. You would take entrance money, give information about the Garden, the Friends Association, courses and tours.
      • Office/administrative work. You could help with filing, addressing envelopes and other administrative tasks.
      • Lead guided tours. We train some of our volunteers as tour guides for visiting groups.
      • Assist with events. This could include manning an information stand, taking entrance money and helping with teas. You may also help with preparation and clear up.
      • Invigilating. We run Royal Horticultural Society exams in February and June and need volunteer invigilators to help with these.
      • Fundraising. Some of our volunteers help us to raise money for the garden. This could involve 'selling' the garden to corporate and private sponsors. People skills and good connections are a distinct plus.
      • Any other useful skills you can offer us.

For more information about volunteering at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, call us on +44 (0) 117 42 82041 or email botanic-gardens@bristol.ac.uk