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Volunteering at the Waite Historic Precinct

Volunteers play an important role in the day to day functioning of the Waite Historic Precinct. Volunteers can take on many roles in many areas of interest and can volunteer in different sectors of the Historic Precinct.

The Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae House Gardens and Conservation Reserve offer a chance to work with nature. You will be able to make a practical difference in a fun, supportive and inclusive environment with like minded people.

The volunteers of Urrbrae House will have the opportunity to work with the public and contribute to a Heritage-listed house and accredited museum.

If you would like to volunteer at the Waite Historic Precinct, please click on the position below and use the contact details for the relevant role.

Volunteer Positions at the Waite Historic Precinct

  • Conservation of Indigenous Species

    Waite Arboretum and Waite Conservation Reserve
    The Waite Historic Precinct values conservation and preservation of Indigenous species. The focus is now on growing native grasses particularly Windmill Grass for the Waite Arboretum.  Assistance is always welcome in this area.

    For further information, please email arboretum@adelaide.edu.au

  • Events

    Periodically throughout the year, Urrbrae House is host to various events and exhibitions. Volunteers may assist with the University's community engagement activities at Urrbrae House.

    Please contact Amanda Jackson for further information on 8313 7497 or email amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au

    The Friends groups are also a great way to get involved in events and fundraising at the Waite Historic Precinct

    Friends of Urrbrae House | Friends of the Waite Arboretum | Friends of the Waite Conservation Reserve

  • Flower Arranging

    Urrbrae House
    Our flower arrangers have the luxury of working with some of Adelaide's most beautiful flowers sourced from the Rose Gardens of Urrbrae House and the Waite Arboretum. Our flower arrangers regularly arrange displays for Urrbrae House and on occasion for University of Adelaide events.

    Please contact Amanda Jackson for further information on 8313 7497 or email amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au

  • Gardening, Planting, Weeding, Pruning

    Waite Arboretum and Urrbrae House Gardens
    With upwards of 2,200 plant specimens in our world class Arboretum and our Urrbrae House Historic Precinct Gardens which incorporate the 20th Century Rose Garden, assistance is always welcome.

    Our Volunteers meet regularly to garden, followed by a coffee and a chat. This is especially good for those who no longer have a garden at home yet long to be out in the fresh air in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Please contact Erica Boyle for further information on 8313 7110 or email arboretum@adelaide.edu.au

  • Plant Propagation

    Waite Arboretum, Urrbrae House Gardens and Conservation Reserve
    The Waite Historic Precinct features a wide variety of species and help is often needed with plant propogation.

    For further information, please email arboretum@adelaide.edu.au

  • Primary Schools History Program

    Urrbrae House
    This interactive schools program for primary students is run on Wednesday mornings during school term and is designed to enable students in Years 1-2 and 4-6 to step back into the recreated world of 1892. Our volunteers also step back in time, developing a character through role-play and costumes to help recreate the past for the children. Volunteers lead children through various activities.

    Year 4-6 children are divided into groups of:

    Guests of the Waites where the children experience a formal morning tea in the Dining Room and undertake leisure activities appropriate to ladies and gentlemen such as croquet on the lawn (depending on weather), quoits, parlour games, dominoes, flower-pressing and sketching.

    Household Servants where by the children experience the many manual tasks that were essential to the running of a large Victorian household such as preparing and serving food, doing laundry using washboards, cleaning silver, polishing boots, beating rugs and making pomanders.

    School Children are taken through a school lesson by a governess that includes copperplate writing using inkwells and nib pens, and learning about Victorian values. The children are also given the opportunity to play with reproductions of late nineteenth century toys such as porcelain dolls, china tea sets, wooden tops and quoits.

    Children in Years 1-2 undertake a simpler, modified version of the older children's program.

    For more information see the Schools' Program Page.


    Please contact Amanda Jackson for further information on 8313 7497 or email amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au
    PLEASE NOTE : All schools volunteers must obtain a DCSI clearance as you will be working with children, the University can assist you with this.

  • Recording and Mapping

    The Waite Arboretum and Conservation Reserve
    The collection of data is always greatly appreciated and can be done at all times of the year on both our flora and fauna.

    Please email arboretum@adelaide.edu.au for further information.

  • Research and Collections

    Urrbrae House

    Project work involving historic research and the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct Collections is available from time to time.

    If you have an interest and some experience in these areas please contact Lynette Zeitz for further information on 8313 7425 or email lynette.zeitz@adelaide.edu.au

  • Tour Guides and Guided Walks

    Urrbrae House
    Volunteer Tour Guides in our heritage-listed Urrbrae House lead tours mainly on the first Sunday of every month during autumn and spring, and during school holidays. Guides can be expected to take groups of up to 20 people at any one time. Guides may also assist with events held during History Month and at other times.

    All of our guides are instructed in the history of Urrbrae House, the Waite family and the early Waite Agricultural Research Institute.
    Please contact Amanda Jackson for further information on 8313 7497 or email amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au


    Waite Arboretum
    Volunteer Tour Guides in the Waite Arboretum operate mainly on the first Sunday of every month and can be expected to take groups of up to 20 people at any one time.

    All of our guides are instructed in the history and features of the Arboretum.
    Please email arboretum@adelaide.edu.au for further information.

  • Working Bees

    Waite Conservation Reserve
    Working bees are held fortnightly in autumn to early summer, on alternating Saturday and Sunday mornings. Volunteers participate in a variety of tasks including weed control, seed collection, documentation of flora, and track maintenance.

    The morning concludes with a free BBQ lunch.
    Please email arboretum@adelaide.edu.au for further information.


Want to do more?

Join one of our Friends' Associations.

The Friends of Urrbrae House Inc | The Friends of the Waite Arboretum Inc | The Friends of the Conservation Reserve Inc

Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Amanda Jackson
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497
Email

Waite Arboretum

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405
Email

Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405
Email

Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
AUSTRALIA