Murray Dawson serves on the National Executive of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, led the redevelopment of its website, and produces its newsletters and journals.
He is principal editor of the New Zealand Garden Journal. He is webmaster for the Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the New Zealand Botanical Society.
He is a botanist with Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. He helped organise Canterbury’s ‘Greening the City: Bringing Biodiversity Back into the Urban Environment’ conference. He helped establish the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
He contributes to iNaturalist NZ’s help desk. Mr Dawson is Registrar of New Zealand native genera for the International Cultivar Registration Authority.