Field volunteering

Do you love the outdoors and working in nature?

You can volunteer to work in the fields, garden at the Waite campus or help researchers from the Faculty of Science.

View the list below to see what volunteering opportunity interest you. Make sure you read the "Who can apply?" section of each role before applying.

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  • Field Volunteer for planting of native tubestock

    Industry sources estimate that 65% of horticultural and agricultural crops produced in Australia require pollination services. Through the Rural R&D for Profit Programme, AgriFutures Australia is overseeing the Pollination for More Productive Agriculture: Guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption project.

    As part of this project, a research team from the University of Adelaide will be re-establishing native vegetation adjacent to commercial crops (e.g. apples, lucerne, almonds, and canola) and then assessing the effect of this vegetation on pollination services. All plants are local to the area and have been specifically chosen to encourage pollinators onto neighbouring agriculture. Planting events happen throughout the year in rural South Australia.

    Responsibilities

    • Planting of native tubestock
    • Physical work – lifting, bending and kneeling
    • Agree to work in a safe and healthy way and not jeopardise the health and safety of others.

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who have an interest in native flora, pollination and meeting like-minded people. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and adhere to all University policies and procedures outlined in the Volunteering Handbook. Car pooling can be arranged. Volunteers are welcome to camp overnight at location. Meals will be provided.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email volunteer@adelaide.edu.au to express your interest and we will get back to you with further information on planting dates.

  • Gardening at Urrbrae House Gardens and Arboretum (Waite Campus)

    With more than 2,400 plant specimens in our world-class Arboretum and the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct gardens, assistance is always welcome. Our volunteers meet regularly on Tuesdays and Fridays to garden, followed by a coffee and a chat. This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers who no longer have a garden at home yet long to be out in the fresh air in a friendly and supportive environment.

    Responsibilities

    • Gardening, planting, weeding and pruning
    • Adhere to Health, Safety and Welfare Policy

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who have an interest in gardening. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable. Please note that this volunteer program runs every Tuesday and Fridays from 9.15 am –12.15 pm except during extreme weather. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email erica.boyle@adelaide.edu.au or phone 08 8313 7405.

  • Plant Propagation at Urrbrae House Gardens (Waite Campus)

    With more than 2400 plant specimens in our world-class Arboretum and Urrbrae House Historic Precinct Gardens, assistance is always needed with plant propagation.

    Responsibilities

    • Plant propagation of cuttings taken from plant specimens in the Arboretum and Gardens
    • Adhere to Health, Safety and Welfare Policy

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni or a members of the public who have an interest in gardening. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual and reliable.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please email erica.boyle@adelaide.edu.au or phone 8313 7405.

  • Technical Assistant with TERN AusPlots Program (applications CLOSED)

    TERN AusPlots Volunteer Technical Assistants help undertake the sorting and maintenance of environmental surveillance data and vegetation/soil samples collected as part of the AusPlots program.

    Tasks involve unpacking vegetation and soil samples once they have been collected, sorting and labelling samples, cross-referencing sample collections and data, taking soil sub-samples and undertaking basic analyses. 

    Responsibilities

    • Assist TERN personnel collect, manage, catalogue and archive AusPlots plant and soil samples and data
    • Assist AusPlots scientists with management of achieved samples to ensure their continued long-term longevity
    • Assist AusPlots scientists validate data by running cross-reference checks

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni or members of the public who have an interest in plant taxonomy, soil sampling and archiving. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and adhere to all University policies and procedures outlined in the handbook. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Applications are currently closed for this volunteer role. For further information please email sally.oneill@adelaide.edu.au.