Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Foundation & Friends

Foundation & Friends Volunteers

Share the volunteer experience

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens offers members a rich experience within Your Gardens. Volunteering with us is very rewarding and a lot of fun. You will meet new people, learn new skills and help support the three botanic gardens.

Our volunteers enable us to raise funds for special projects in the Gardens, The Herbarium of NSW and The Domain. They cater for functions, assist us our administration staff in the office, coordinate exhibitions and smaller events, actively promote membership through walks and talks, as well as assist in the gardens. We even have a group of volunteers that propagate and sell plants called The Growing Friends, through the Garden nurseries and at plant fairs.

We need you

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens can only continue to promote, support and protect Your Gardens with the help of our wonderful volunteers.

Volunteer areas

We have a a wide range of volunteer positions that exist at The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney; The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan; and The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.

Catering  Caterers prepare and serve refreshements at many functions at all three Gardens
Information booth Providing information and assistance to visitors to the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Exhibitions  Foundation & Friends volunteers assist with set up, display, hosting, as cashiers at all Foundation & Friends exhibitions
Events  Foundation & Friends volunteers oversee and run a variety of events, setting up equipment, introducing speakers, hosting attendees
Office administration Administrative assistance is given in reception, data entry, general office duties, packaging of items
Plant propagation and sales Teams propagate plants at all three Gardens under the guidance of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust horticultural staff; Foundation & Friends volunteers arrange plant sales at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and weekly plant sales in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Speakers' Bureau Foundation & Friends volunteers inform the public through various organisations about the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Get started today

All volunteers must first be a member of Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens. Click here to find out more about joining.

To become a volunteer send us your completed volunteer application form to:

Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens
Cottage 6, Mrs Macquaries Road


Phone: 02 9231 8182


Other volunteer positions

The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust has a wide range of volunteer positions available. Recruitment for specific programs for other types of volunteers - scientific, nursery/horticulture and bush regeneration - occurs at different times of the year and any vacancies will be listed on this website as they arise. In the meantime we suggest you consider registering your interest with the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, who are always looking for helpers. We also invite you to consider volunteering at Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living. Go to and click on 'Get Involved' it will take you directly to volunteering opportunities.


Information booth
Members volunteers at Information Booth

Catering volunteers
Exhibition catering volunteers

Volunteers at bar
Serving at the bar

Growing Friends