Science and Conservation

The Science and Conservation program undertakes diverse activities to conserve flora and support the management of natural resources in South Australia.

Current opportunities available:

Science and Conservation volunteer

We are particularly interested in volunteers who have an interest in committing to developing skills in botany and photography in lab and field settings. Much of the work requires methodical practice with an attention to detail.

We welcome volunteers with experience working in scientific and medical laboratories, or in plant nurseries and horticulture.

Tasks may include:

  • The mounting, photographing and archiving of plant, algae and fungi specimens.
  • Data entry, collections and records management and archiving materials
  • Seed sorting, cleaning, photography, testing and germination in a laboratory environment.
  • Plant propagation and care in a nursery environment.
  • Support science and conservation research and projects, public engagement events, exhibitions and education programs.

Library volunteer

The Library at the Botanic Gardens of South Australia contains more than 40,000 items including books, journals, reprints, microfiche, photographs, maps, plans, letters and other archive material.

Tasks may include:

  • Data entry, collections and records management, archiving, library barcoding
  • Transcribing and digitising historical documents, notes, images and other information.

Note: A smaller number of volunteer opportunities are available in the Science and Conservation program and priority is given to volunteers with established skills or experience, or who have previously volunteered in other roles in our organisation.

Register your interest

To register your interest in volunteering with the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium please complete the expression of interest survey here.

Recent posts

Goodman Building restoration works wins industry award

18 July 2023

Have you ever driven past the beautiful heritage-listed Goodman Building when passing the Garden on Hackney Road? Did you know this building was formerly the base for the Municipal Tramways Trust but now serves as the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium administration building.

Beneath the waves: Discovering nature's hidden ocean gems

07 June 2023

World Ocean Day is an annual celebration held on 8 June which unites and rallies the world to protect and restore our blue planet. In our latest blog, State Herbarium's Jem Barratt takes a deep dive into how its scientific work focusing on seagrasses and seaweed helps with the restoration and preservation of our ocean ecosystems.