Volunteer for the Garden

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.

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.

Volunteering Opportunities

The Botanic Garden has the following volunteer placements available.  If you are interested in any of the placements advertised*, please email: Jane.Down@gardenofwales.org.uk


Horticulture

The Role

Areas required:  Herbaceous Border Mediterranean Garden, Wallace Garden and Propagation Unit

Weeding, clearing borders and beds, mulching, dividing plants, pruning, lawn and path edging, dead-heading etc. We are also looking for someone to help in the propagation unit, taking cuttings, sowing seeds etc and after care of plants.  Full training provided.  

You never know who might stop and chat with you when gardening!

Days and Times

Tuesday for general horticulture from 10am to 3pm to include tea and lunch breaks.

Friday morning from 9.30am to 1pm for the propagation unit.

Experience

Some knowledge of practical gardening is essential, although training will be given. Please note that a lot of our garden activities are quite physical and can involve being on your knees (weeding) for a period of time.


Visitor Services Department – Buggy Driving – 4 permanent positions available

The Role

To act as Ambassadors for the Garden and to transport our less able visitors around the Garden and heritage landscape, plus collecting and delivering items between departments etc.

Days and Times

Permanent position for Thursday morning and afternoon, Friday morning, Sunday morning and afternoon.

Sessions are:

Monday to Sunday 10.00am to 1.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm

Experience

Good interpersonal skills, must enjoy meeting/conversing with the public and have a clean driving licence. 

Knowledge of the Garden and its history would be advantageous but full training will be provided and buggy driving test to be undertaken.  Please note that as a buggy driver you will be expected to lift folding prams and manual wheelchairs on and off the buggies.


Garden Centre

The Role

Support our team in the Garden Centre by way of weeding around the plant stands and helping to keep areas clean and tidy, weeding pots, helping with watering (summer) and chatting with our visitors.

Days and Times

Thursday 10am to 2pm

Experience

Good interpersonal skills, must enjoy meeting/conversing with the public and some knowledge of gardening and plants essential, full training provided.


Second hand Bookshop

The Role

Bookshop volunteer wanted to cover for illness and absence.

Re-stocking bookshop shelves, tidying books, making sure that prices on shelves are displayed and that books on display are individually priced.

Re-stocking DVDs, CDs and Jigsaws

Sorting donations: cleaning books, DVDs and CDs, allocating to correct book category in storage, checking DVDs and CDs for pirated copies etc.

Dealing with book enquiries from public.

Days and Times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9.30am until 12 Noon.

Experience

Good interpersonal skills, must enjoy meeting/conversing with the public and love of books essential, full training provided.


*Volunteer placements are open to UK residents only.