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 land preparation

    The Forktree Project involves restoring and reforesting an area of degraded farmland near Carrickalinga to help combat climate change and biodiversity loss. The Project will act as a showcase for what is possible in terms of land regeneration and carbon offsetting, and is being led by Tim Jarvis AM - environmental scientist, adventurer, film maker, UoA Alumni and World Wildlife Fund Ambassador. The species selected are based on what existed prior to land clearance in the 19th century.Land preparation, tree and shrub planting days will happen throughout the year with the next one scheduled for late-March. 

    Responsibilities

    •    Physical work – lifting, bending and kneeling
    •    Supporting the conservation goals and activities set by the Forktree project
    •    Agree to work in a safe and healthy way and not jeopardize the health and safety of others

    Specific duties to be undertaken:

    •    Watering of native tubestock
    •    Weed eradication and land clearing
    •    Rubble sorting
    •    Moving and shifting soil and or land debris

    Who can apply?

    Applicants may be students and staff who have an interest in native flora, pollination and meeting like-minded people. Applicants must be physically fit and able to traverse terrain that is at times, rocky or steep. Must be respectful, professional, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and adhere to all University policies and procedures outlined in the Volunteering Handbook.

    Please note that tools, lunch, drinking water and sunscreen will be provided. 

    Does this position interest you?

    For further information and application process please visit our website or email ecoversity@adelaide.edu.au 

  • 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.