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CERES Olives to Oil is an annual community festival bringing people together to celebrate the importance of local food in our communities as well as recognise the wonderful heritage of diverse food cultures we enjoy.

The community is invited to come along for free activities including music, cultural food demonstrations and olive pressing demonstrations. We also encourage people to harvest unused olives from backyard or neighbourhood trees and bring them to us as part of the community olive oil pressing.

Once pressed into oil, this will be given back to those who contributed.

This event relies on passionate volunteers to help it run and there are a variety of roles, dates and locations to take part.


To support the Festival team by accepting olive deliveries, distributing olive oil to participants and creating a fun event to celebrate the olive harvest.


  • Welcoming people and directing them around activities.
  • Registering olive drop-offs and weighing the fruit.
  • Bottling olive oil and giving it to people who register to collect it.
  • Harvesting olives is not part of the role, but there may be opportunities to do this.


  • Be part of local food systems work in action.
  • Be part of a vibrant, local food-focussed community harvest event.
  • Help turn otherwise-wasted olives into delicious local olive oil.
  • Meet like-minded individuals.


  • The induction will be provided on the day.


  • There are a variety of dates and locations you can select to volunteer at using this registration link; HERE


  • Volunteers can sign up for one day or several as part of the festival.


  • Enthusiasm and a keenness to learn!
  • Moderate fitness levels, however, we can tailor certain tasks for accessibility.
  • Ability to communicate and follow instructions.
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic.
  • Be respectful, polite and courteous to fellow volunteers and the public.


  • Suitable, weather-appropriate clothing for working outdoors including a hat or raincoat.


  • A small bottle of olive oil.
  • All the equipment you need to participate.
  • Drinking water and tea/coffee.

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CERES is committed to providing and maintaining a safe working environment and without risk to the health of its employees, consistent with our obligations under Occupational Health and Safety legislation. If you are successful in this role, you may be asked to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19, or that you have proof of medical exemption from the vaccine. Acceptable evidence includes a COVID-19 digital certificate stored on an appropriate App on your phone.

At CERES we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society – in ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, disability, culture and beliefs – and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making CERES a great place to work. We actively encourage people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, people from CALD backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ people, people with a disability and others to apply.

CERES Child Safe standards;

  • In line with the Child Wellbeing and Safety Amendment (Child Safety Standards) Act 2015, CERES is committed to upholding the Victorian Child Safe Standards, to the best of its abilities and resources.
  • CERES Upholds itself as an organisation committed to the right to survival, protection, development, participation and empowerment of all children and young people.
  • Is committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, young people and children and young people from culturally diverse and/or linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and to providing a safe environment for children and young people with a disability.

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