Volunteers who work with us are giving back to the environment, making a difference every day.
We are currently experiencing an influx of new volunteers post-lockdown and have had to put a pause on volunteer inductions for a few months until we have more capacity. Please check here again in August/September for announcement of new induction dates.
In the meantime, Australian Conservation Foundation hosts planting days at Westgate Park on the last Saturday of each month. You can sign up here for the next one on July 24.
Between the park and our nursery, volunteers have the opportunity to do a wide range of hands-on conservation activities such as:
- growing plants – getting first-hand experience in seed collection and ‘cleaning’, seed sowing, propagating, pricking out seedlings, taking cuttings and maintaining plants in the nursery
- planting trees, shrubs, climbers, ground covers and wildflowers at Westgate Park
- fostering good plant growth by weeding and pruning
- recording species in our monthly bird surveys and occasional fungi forays
- litter pick-ups and surveys along the Yarra River
- plus a bunch of other one-off projects like nest-box building and reptile monitoring
What to wear and bring
You should wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and robust, enclosed shoes or boots and bring a warm jacket in winter and a hat on sunny days. You will need to bring your own lunch but we supply tea and coffee and all the equipment you need including gardening gloves.
Occupational health and safety
We will demonstrate good practice but you must take personal responsibility for your own health and safety and not place yourself or your fellow team members at risk of being hurt.
Tell us on arrival if you have an illness, injury (eg. sore neck or back), or condition (eg. asthma or an allergy) that might be aggravated by tasks so we can decide how you can participate safely.