CERES Propagation Volunteer Position Description
The CERES Propagation Enterprise was created in 2004 by CERES farm staff who recognised the need for local, organically grown vegetable and herb seedlings. In their own time, working as volunteers, they created a small growing area at the bottom of Honey Lane Market Garden in order to provide CERES market gardens and the retail nursery on site with healthy, pesticide free, certified organic, open-pollinated plants and seedlings. CERES Propagation has steadily grown and now employs three part time staff who, in turn, are supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. Together we propagate and grow a wide range of heirloom vegetables, herbs, rare edible plants as well as some local indigenous plants and natives. All of our plants and seedlings are certified organic by NAASA.
Work with supervisors and fellow volunteers to produce quality, organic seedlings, herbs and other plants as required for the CERES market gardens, retail nursery and other customers (We sell to some other retail nurseries as well as CSAs and market gardens).
Maintain and improve the propagation area including infrastructure and gardens.
Specific tasks and duties:
Propagating by seed, cuttings, division and transplanting
Watering, fertilising, weeding and plant detailing
Labeling plants for sale
Helping to maintain infrastructure and propagation surrounds
Learn how to grow a wide range of edible plants from seed or cuttings
Meet and work with a social, friendly team
Access to excess plant stock that we cannot sell to take home and plant in your garden
Attend horticultural workshops at CERES as part of ongoing training*
Gain horticultural/industry experience
Industry placement reference
When we have time we’re happy to give free gardening advice
Induction and training happens on-the-job
Full day horticultural workshops are available to long-term* volunteers as professional development at no cost. These workshops include plant propagation, fruit tree pruning, market gardening, beekeeping, etc.
*volunteers who have completed their three month probationary period and commit to at least one regular shift per week.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 10.00am to 3.30pm
We ask that volunteers commit to a full day (from 10am-3.30pm) for a minimum of one day per week for two months.
We ask that volunteers who cannot attend their nominated shift let us know by phone or 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 phone or email.
Volunteer roles commence with a three month probationary period.
Skills/experience/ personal qualities required:
Good hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills for working with small seeds and seedlings
Ability to understand and carry out verbal instructions
Be able to work both independently and as a part of a team
Positive attitude and good work ethic
Be respectful, polite and courteous to fellow volunteers
A commitment to CERES core values (Sustainable environment, social equity, cultural richness and community participation)
A commitment to employ safe work practices as guided by your supervisor is mandatory
You need to provide:
Suitable, weather appropriate clothing for working outdoors including hat or raincoat.
Solid, enclosed-toe work boots are an OH&S requirement
All tools and materials
Protective gloves for garden work, etc
Sunscreen when needed
Area manager: Meg Stewart
Group manager: Melissa Lawson
Team: CERES Organic Farm