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The Australian National Botanic Gardens has a range of volunteer positions available.
Front of House Roles
Visitor Information Centre Volunteers
Provide a warm welcome and information to our visitors. Engage with visitors to provide highlights of the garden.
Lead our 1 hour daily walks, special interest walks and Flora Explorer electric bus tours throughout the Gardens.
Back of House Roles
Herbarium Mounting Volunteers
Mount herbarium specimens and prepare scientific samples of plant material for storage and future use in our herbaria.
Process and prepare native seeds for archiving in the National Seed Bank.
Seed Bank Data Basing
Enter information on archived seeds into data base.
Seasonal activity undertaking field work to collect seeds that become part of the National Seed Bank.
Nursery Pot Recycling and Flowering Recording
Assist in the Gardens’ Production Nursery with pot sterilization and recording flowering of nursery plants.
Seasonal position to collect seeds from orchard plants in the nursery growing areas.
This program is designed for people with previous experience with propagation and maintenance of orchids. Assist the head of Orchid Research in maintaining the orchids in our glasshouses.
Help to set-up and prepare for the school education programs.
Assist with Administration tasks in areas such as Market Research, Public Programs, Events, Marketing and Social Media
Support the Gardens’ librarian in loans and maintenance of the Gardens’ library.
Support the maintenance and data basing of the photographic collections.
Support the stocktaking of gardens’ living collection.
The newest of the volunteer positions at the Gardens. Volunteers assist maintain the Cryptogam Display Garden in the Visitor Information Centre.
Volunteers are recruited based on the requirements of the participating sections of the Gardens. There are currently no volunteer opportunities directly related to gardening and horticulture.
There are no prerequisite qualifications other than an interest in people, botanic gardens and our work.
Associates undertake specific research projects and are selected on the basis of their technical experience and the projects they wish to undertake.
Registered volunteers are deemed to be employees under the Commonwealth Employees Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1998 and are insured by Comcare, subject to the conditions of these Acts.
Volunteers are protected from liability claims under the conditions outlined in the Commonwealth Volunteers Protection Act 2003.
How to volunteer
For further information on volunteer opportunities at the Gardens contact:
- Natalie Aked
Australian National Herbarium
- Phone: (02) 6246 5127
- Email: Natalie