Garden Maintenance Volunteer
The Garden Maintenance team is responsible for the maintenance of all garden spaces at CERES Brunswick East other than the Honey Lane Market Garden and the community garden plots.
Permaculture principles are used in the design of the gardens which consist of a combination of indigenous, native and culinary plants. The habitat garden team is also responsible for the management and maintenance of several energy, water and waste systems such as composting, worm farms and irrigation.
Supervisors: Belinda Kennedy
Team: The Habitat Team
Director: Cass Froese
Objectives: This volunteer position has been created to assist and support the Site Horticulturalist with the upkeep of the gardens, and as an opportunity for sharing skills and strengthening community connection.
Skills, experience & personal qualities required:
Enthusiasm & a keenness to learn
A love of plants & nature
Moderate fitness level
Polite & respectful communication skills
Ability to follow instructions
Commitment to CERES values and code of behaviour
Positive attitude & a good work ethic
Specific tasks & duties:
General garden maintenance: weeding, mulching, planting, pruning
Maintaining several composting systems
Implementing & maintaining irrigation systems
Opportunities for landscape design
Opportunities for data entry & research projects
Gain skills in and a solid understanding of permaculture principles and systems; organic garden design and maintenance; composting and closed loop gardening systems;
Physical exercise (no need to go to the gym)
Enjoyment and health benefits of working in nature
Opportunity to connect with both the CERES community and like-minded people
Training: You will receive an induction on arrival and on-the-job training.
Times / days:
Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 10am – 3:30pm
Please note: There is no volunteer program on public holidays
We ask that volunteers commit to a full day (from 10am-3.30pm) for a minimum of one day per week for three months.
We ask that volunteers who cannot attend their nominated shift let us know by email in advance so that we can plan accordingly
Should you wish to discontinue your volunteer role with us we ask that you notify us by email.
You need to bring:
Suitable, weather appropriate clothing for working outdoors including hat or raincoat
Solid, enclosed-toe work boots/shoes
All tools, equipment & materials
Practical hands on training in horticulture systems
An accepting, supportive community environment
Apply for this volunteer position here: