The Botanic Garden advertises any volunteer placements through the University's GLAM volunteering programme.
There are currently no vacancies available, however any vacancies will be advertised on the GLAM volunteering web page and our website.
The Harcourt Arboretum runs a volunteer programme. Volunteers are helping us to meet and greet visitors, and get involved in a variety of tasks, ranging from Rhododendron ponticum removal, hedge laying, planting, mulching and much more!.
Monthly work parties (10.30am to 3.30pm) - on the last Wednesday of the Month
If you are interested in volunteering at the Arboretum please download and complete an application form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year the Botanic Garden takes on two horticultural trainees to work alongside the horticultural staff. Trainees alternate on a 3 monthly basis between the Gardens and Glasshouses teams. They will also spend three separate weeks working at Harcourt Arboretum. During the year there is a training schedule of plant identifications, taught practical sessions and discussion sessions. The trainees will also undertake a project – typically making a set of herbarium specimens of a key collection at the Botanic Garden. An example programme can be downloaded here:
Previous trainees have also undertaken horticultural work placement exchanges with gardens such as Great Dixter.
Former trainees have gone on to further study such as the Kew Diploma, but also to employment in organisations including Kew, English Heritage, Westonbirt, Oxford Botanic Garden, Harcourt Arboretum, Winterbourne House and Garden.
Vacancies for these traineeships will be advertised on the news pages.
Due to the large number of requests we get we can currently only offer placements to students at horticultural college where a work experience placement is a requirement of the course. Safety boots and waterproofs must be provided by the student. At present we are not accepting requests for work experience placements at the Botanic Garden, for placements at the Harcourt Arboretum please email email@example.com.
We encourage applications from Erasmus students, who are interested in work experience at the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. Placements can take place within the collections or education teams, and can include conservation and research work. If you are interested in applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.