Volunteer at Kew
Volunteers are a vital and integral part of Kew and support the organisation by assisting staff in their work. Our volunteers bring a range of diverse talents and skills to various departments.
Kew has a record of working with volunteers since 1992 and there are currently over 550 volunteers generously donating usually a day or half-day per week of their time and talent to Kew’s mission. This page lists our volunteering roles.
Recruitment procedure for volunteer roles
Recruitment for volunteer roles is carried out when a number of placements become available. There is no set recruitment period during the year.
We aim to find the right placement for each volunteer and to provide opportunities for a diverse range of people. We do we recruit on a first come first served basis. We also endeavour to place volunteers according to their preferences.
During recruitment drives application forms held on file are matched to the vacancy and those applicants whose availability and interests most closely match will be invited to Kew for an informal discussion. The purpose of the discussion is to explain volunteering opportunities in more detail and to find out more about why applicants would like to volunteer.
Find out more about volunteering opportunities
Find out more about volunteering opportunities in Kew's iconic Herbarium. Perfect for people with a passion for plants and conservation.
If you have a passion for plants and conservation and enjoy getting your hands dirty, join our thriving community of 150 horticultural volunteers.
Help us maintain the gardens at Wakehurst by becoming a horticultural volunteer.
Our thriving community of 120 knowledgeable volunteer guides enhance the visitor experience by providing a wealth of interesting information, interpretation and orientation for visitors.
Wakehurst runs a busy and successful learning programme for young people from nursery to sixth form. Our team of committed volunteers help Kew inspire young people with a passion for plants and the natural world.
This volunteering opportunity is ideal for people with an interest in plants and a passion for horticulture. Kew shop volunteers enjoy meeting people and thrive in a customer-focused environment.
Share your passion and help Kew inspire young people with the power of plants by joining our schools and families volunteer programme.
Garden walks led by volunteers have taken place at Wakehurst for nearly 20 years. Our community of knowledgeable volunteer guides enhance the visitor experience by providing a wealth of interesting information, interpretation and orientation for visitors.