Volunteering is a great way to immerse yourself in things you enjoy doing, while helping make Eden an even friendlier and more interesting place for our visitors. 

Many of our volunteering opportunities are in visitor-facing roles, meaning volunteers provide that vital link between the visiting public and the Project, highlighting our work in conservation, education and sustainability

Volunteer benefits

As well as being part of a team, and playing a fulfilling role in helping us achieve our educational mission, you’ll enjoy benefits including:

  • discounts in our cafes and shops
  • discounts at local businesses
  • free travel across Cornwall on First Bus

How it works

You can choose from a variety of opportunities within different teams, and find a regularity that suits you. Most of our volunteers join us for a day a month; others join us each week, while some volunteer for just one week a year.  

Take a look at our current opportunities below – and visit our FAQs below for more practical information.

'I would definitely encourage anyone who's thinking of volunteering.... it keeps you active and you get to enjoy the benefits of being in this beautiful place.'
Laura, St Austell

Volunteering opportunities

Many volunteers apply to join, but some volunteers choose an area of interest and we get in touch each time a suitable activity comes up – whether it be some help in the office or at an event.

If you're unable to find a suitable opportunity below, do give us a call on 01726 818558 to have a chat about what you're looking for, or email volunteering@edenproject.com

Little Eden parent toddler club

Providing support to the staff at Little Eden parent and toddler club by facilitating the nature-based playful outdoor fun for small people (two- to five-year-olds) and their carers.

Access Team

Helping visitors with different abilities get around the site, by pushing wheelchairs, reading signs or being an arm to help steady someone. This is a very rewarding position, as your help really makes a difference to the quality of a visitor's day. We recruit for this placement year-round.

Site Wide Live Team

Helping our Site Wide Live Team run our seasonal activities programme to promote Eden’s message through fun for the whole family. This team only requires volunteers during school holidays, but we are happy to accept applications on an ongoing basis.

Horticulture Team

Providing support to our gardeners with potting, planting, ground clearing and maintaining exhibits – in our Rainforest Biome, Mediterranean Biome and Outdoor Gardens. A keen interest or experience in horticulture is required for these roles, and ideally you're available on a Thursday!

Hospitality Team

Helping the hospitality team with Eden’s multitude of popular catering outlets, assisting with multiple aspects of front of house service and maintenance of the areas. This provides an experience in a busy environment in a highly-received service area.

Logistics Team

Helping the logistics team keep Eden tidy and protecting the environment by streamlining, litter picking and engaging with customers while on site. 

Retail Team

Helping Eden’s retail team by replenishing stock and maintaining general tidiness throughout all areas of the store located in the Visitor Centre.

People & Gardens

Join the People & Gardens team at Eden’s nearby nursery (in Pentewan), an organisation that works with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues to help them take control of their lives and move forward in a positive way through producing local veg bags. Volunteers will help maintain, plant, weed, prepare the ground and harvest. Horticulture experience not essential, as instruction will be given, but a keen interest in horticulture is an advantage. This is a physically demanding role which will be based predominantly outside. (Please note, unlike many of our other placements, we have not produced a role profile for this position to attach to this page – but do get in touch if you need any more information before applying.)

Volunteer Walk Leader

We always welcome people who would like to become Volunteer Walk Leaders on any of our health walks around Cornwall that are part of our social prescribing programme. As well as having a regular opportunity to exercise and socialise yourself, by becoming a Walk Leader you will be supporting people with long term health conditions to build their confidence and take control of their health and wellbeing. Our next walk leader course takes place on 12 February 2020. 

What does it involve?

You will be provided with a free one-day walk leader course (usually held at Eden). By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand the benefits of walking and physical activity
  • Get to know the role of a walk leader
  • Have access to follow-up support and resources to help people make the most of your skills, including a Volunteer Walk Leader manual
  • Be confident to lead a health walk in due course (following the guidance that goes with the progress card)
  • Have met and shared best practice with other walk leaders 

What is the commitment?

We would ask that you can commit to leading a walk at least once a month. You will not be asked to lead a walk alone, there will always be other leaders with you and always someone who is first aid trained.  

If you would like to find out more then please contact Lily on ldattlee@edenproject.com / 07850 517353 or Heidi on hmorgan@edenproject.com / 07817875165. Or you can simply complete our application form

How to apply to volunteer at Eden

To apply for any of our volunteering positions (except for our walk leaders, for which you can fill in a special application form above), please first read the role profile, then download and complete the application form and diversity monitoring form and email them back, together with your CV, to volunteering@edenproject.com. All three of these documents are available as downloads at the top of this page.

If you have any questions in the mean time, please do check our frequently asked questions below, which has guidance on everything from expenses to accommodation.

Frequently asked questions

Should I apply to become a volunteer or an intern instead?

We tend to recommend doing one of our Eden internships if you have a limited amount of time and are looking to gain some industry-specific experience, whereas volunteering with us is often a more long-term arrangement. Find out more about internships at Eden

How long should I volunteer for?

We would prefer you to volunteer for a minimum of a week a year. Most of our volunteers offer approximately a day a month minimum, with some joining us each week.

Do you pay travel expenses?

Yes we can cover car mileage or public transport costs for travel to Eden from your accommodation in Cornwall, or as agreed with the Volunteer Manager at the start of your placement.

Do you provide accommodation?

Unfortunately we don’t, but we have put together an accommodation guide to help you find local, affordable accommodation.

Can you give references?

Of course! It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation to you for volunteering with us.

Will I have an interview?

We often invite applicants in for an informal chat before they join us. Also, each volunteer placement is subject to a short trial period, agreed with your manager.

What if I have a criminal record?

As an organisation committed to equality and diversity, we recognise the contribution that all people can make as employees or volunteers, and so we welcome enquiries of interest from everyone. Your role may be subject to a DBS check and we reserve the right to decline your application.

I need a visa to volunteer in the UK, can Eden sponsor my visa?

Eden is registered with the UK Boarder Agency as a sponsor, so if your application to volunteer is successful we can sponsor your visa application.

What benefits are you able to offer?

As well as travel expenses and a reference (oh, and that feel-good factor!), you’ll enjoy a reduced rate in our cafe and shop on site, plus discounts at local businesses, and the opportunity to invite friends and family in for free. You'll also enjoy free travel across Cornwall on First Buses. We can tell you more about all this on your welcome day. 

I can’t find a suitable role for me, what shall I do?

The best thing to do is to talk to us, so give us a call on 01726 811900 or email volunteering@edenproject.com to discuss your requirements.