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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.

Volunteering opportunities

The interior of wing C of the herbarium showing the spiral staircases

Find out more about volunteering opportunities in Kew's iconic Herbarium. Perfect for people with a passion for plants and conservation.

Horticulture volunteers clearing brambles

If you have a passion for plants and conservation and enjoy getting your hands dirty, join our thriving community of 150 horticultural volunteers.

Flower beds at Wakehurst

Help us maintain the gardens at Wakehurst by becoming a horticultural volunteer.

A volunteer guide leads talks to a group of people at Kew Gardens

Our thriving community of 120 knowledgeable volunteer guides enhance the visitor experience by providing a wealth of interesting information, interpretation and orientation for visitors.

Children making bark rubbings on a tree at Wakehurst

Wakehurst runs a busy and successful learning programme for young people from nursery to sixth form. Join our team of committed volunteers and help Kew inspire young people with a passion for plants and the natural world.

A group of children listen to a volunteer in one of Kew's glasshouses

Kew would like to invite you to volunteer and join our Schools and Families programme. Share your passion and help Kew inspire young people with the power of plants.

A lady looking at a glass paperweight in the shop at Victoria Gate

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.

People on a guided walk at Wakehurst

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.