Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation bringing lots of different and much-needed skill, experience, and knowledge to our organisation.
We are urgently looking for dedicated people who would like to get their hands dirty and help out in our nursery on an on-going or short-term basis. We’re looking for someone that can volunteer 1-2 days per week. We are flexible with days and times to suit all lifestyles, whether you’re a stay-at-home mum that has school runs twice a day, or have a casual job, we will work with you!
Gympie and District Landcare Group (GDLG) is a community-based organisation that has been active for 30 years serving the local landowners. The Group is an incorporated association and a registered charity. Each year members elect an Executive (Management Committee) that sets strategic direction, manages organisation risks, fine tunes policies and ensures that the organisation is operating effectively whilst staying true to its vision and purpose.
Members and volunteers are integrally involved in the group’s activities: operating a local native plant nursery; raising Bio-Control insects for invasive plant species control and other purposes; providing land care services, fostering local land caring activities; and community education.
We’re looking for someone that can volunteer 1-2 days per week with set days each week (however, we are flexible when needed).
Depending on what your skills are or where you’d like to volunteer most in our nursery, some of the tasks that our volunteers do are listed below. Please note these tasks are not the responsibility of just one person, this is just an example of some of the tasks you may do whilst volunteering with us:
- Answering phone calls
- Processing and identifying seeds or plant samples
- Preparing and sowing of seed
- Cataloguing of seed
- Potting of seedlings
- Record-keeping (plant production, seed viability)
- Striking cuttings
- Dividing plants
- Size- and quality-grading plants
- Stock rotation (more appropriate as retail partitions come into nursey areas)
- Labelling of plants
- Hygiene/Biocontrol (e.g. pot washing, disease/weed recognition/treatment)
- Manual handling (e.g. lifting/moving potting media)
- Mixing of potting media (including handling of fertilisers/additives)
- Maintenance of nursery stock and area
- Maintenance of cuttings-stock plants
- Observation and/or maintenance of irrigation
- Cleaning of paths, work spaces, eating/shared spaces
- Maintenance/construction of nursery benches, propagation structures etc
- Fabrication of nest boxes
- General handy-person duties, incl one-off construction/fabrication projects
- Display garden design
- General landscape upkeep
- Potting and maintenance of advanced plants
- Packing of orders, pre-mix retail packs, etc
- Library borrowing/returning/cataloguing
- Updating brochures, stocklists etc
- Support stocktaking events
There are no technical skills required to be a volunteer with Gympie Landcare, however, the below skills are highly desirable:
- Carpentry skills
- Plumbing or irrigation skills
- Other occasional trade skills – electrical, welding, etc
- IT skills – POS, databases, spreadsheets, documents
- Horticulture training/experience
- Sales/retail experience
- NRM knowledge
- Biosecurity knowledge
- Plant identification skills
- Project/planning skills
- Stock monitoring (plants and retail/nursery supplies) skills/experience
- Agricultural skills
Before you can become a volunteer with Gympie Landcare, you are required to attend our volunteer induction which is held on the first Friday of every month at 9am. Our volunteer induction usually has a duration of approximately 1.5 hours where you will be taken through organisation principles, rules and other important information such as our Code of Conduct. Our induction is then followed by a tour around our bio-control facility, followed by a tour around the nursery facility and a brief induction.
We periodically hold WH&S induction days for our volunteers throughout the year to sign our volunteers off on procedures such as working safely with power tools, fertilisers etc. Both the initial induction and the WH&S inductions throughout the year are compulsory for all volunteers to ensure you are working safely within your volunteer area.
If you’re interested in becoming part of a friendly and active team of volunteers and would like to contribute to our organisation and the environment, then contact us today and register your name for our next induction.