Volunteering at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment


Botanic Gardens





Now Recruiting Visitor Engagement Volunteers


Love plants and gardens, enjoy talking to people and learning new things. Why not join our passionate group of Visitor Engagement Volunteers.


For forty years our volunteers have been sharing our beautiful gardens with visitors. Leading guided walks, sharing information about our plant displays, helping visitors at our Visitor Centre and assisting at major events. 


Interested ?


You will meet new people, learn about our vital scientific work and make a valuable contribution to Australia's oldest network of Botanic Gardens. 


Please click here or on the Fill in an application button to apply.  


Many thanks for your interest.


Volunteer Management Team 





Volunteer Opportunities

Daniel Solander 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 working in libraries and good IT skills are desirable.


Herbarium Volunteer

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. 

The National Herbarium of NSW will be moving to our Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan in early 2022. We are currently recruiting Herbarium Specimen Mounting volunteers to work in the new Herbarium at Mt Annan. Fill in an application or call 9231 8166 for more information.




Horticultural and Bush Regeneration Volunteers

Volunteers assist in special horticultural projects, general horticultural maintenance or bush regeneration. Volunteers assist in horticultural staff in various capacities at all three botanic gardens.

Basic skills in horticulture and/or gardening desirable and a reasonable level of fitness required.

PlantClinic Volunteer

PlantClinic 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.

Scientific Field Work and Special Project Volunteers

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.

Short and long-term projects when vacancies exist.

Special Event Volunteers

Special Event Volunteers 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 special events. We look for polite, friendly, enthusiastic individuals with good communication skills who are willing to help visitors make the most of their visit to events such as; New Year’s Eve and the Tomato Festival.



Calyx Horticultural Display Centre Volunteer

The Calyx is a horticultural display centre with themed plant exhibitions situated within the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The primary role of Calyx Volunteers is to offer excellence in customer service. Volunteers will provide a face-to-face opportunity for visitors to ask information about the plants in the exhibition.

Calyx Volunteers are enthusiastic individuals with good communication skills who are willing to help visitors make the most of their visit, whilst being mindful of protecting the Garden’s collections.


Volunteer Guides

Volunteer Guides provide visitors with general orientation and on-site interpretation, enhancing their experience with informative tours of all three of our Gardens. 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.

Good communication skills, a passion for plants and gardens and a committment to lifelong learning are desirable qualities in a guide. A significant and ongoing committment of time is required to become a volunteer guide. Training, mentoring and ongoing professional development are provide to support all volunteer guides. 


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