Volunteers are an important and valued part of the National Botanic Garden of Wales
As one of the most visited Gardens in the UK, we are noted for our friendly atmosphere and approach to our visitors. We value and very much appreciate our volunteers and regard them amongst our important ambassadors, whether on site or wherever they go in the world, contributing to developing and promoting our reputation.
How can I volunteer?
If you are a regular visitor to the Garden or new to the area, have a few hours to spare a week and would like to support the Garden, learn new skills or utilise old skills and make new friends, then we are looking for volunteers to help in the following departments:-
We are looking for Volunteer Rangers to patrol the new lakes when we re-open the Garden this Spring.
If you are passionate about the Garden, its landscape and history, love walking, enjoy nature, like to meet people and would like to help us, then we’d love to hear from you.
Our lovely Regency Landscape and Lakes covers a large area and the new walks can be several miles long! We are looking for volunteers to patrol the area, following a set route, being a visible presence to our visitors and ensuring them that someone is always around who can help with any queries they may have or if they need help.
The Garden is open 7 days a week and we are looking for volunteers to undertake one time-slot per day, there are three time-slots per day available – 11am to 1pm, 1pm – 3pm and 3pm to 5pm
An induction and full training will be given prior to the Garden re-opening, to include walking the pre-set route.
Or call – 01558 667118
Why we support and need Volunteers
The Garden recognises that the activities of volunteers are an important positive force in raising the organisation’s profile and support in the community. Volunteers are a vital part of the Garden’s lifeblood and are amongst its ambassadors. Volunteers are able to bring special extra skills, experience, and dimensions to benefit the Garden. They also help link the Garden closely with the wider community – the community of place and the community of people. Engaging a wide diversity of perspectives and approaches is widely acknowledged as bringing added value to organisations.
As with a lot of charities in the UK, the Garden’s resources are limited. Therefore, to enable the Garden to meet its objectives it has developed and maintains an essential, balanced, effective, and mutually beneficial staff/volunteer partnership. This is based on the principle that Garden staff provide the structure, organisation, direction and day to day management, whilst volunteers add value to the Garden’s work by performing a wide range of roles, contributing their time, flexibility, experience and specialist skills. Thus within this framework, volunteering is a legitimate and crucial activity which is supported and encouraged by the Garden.