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
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.
With upwards of 2,400 plant specimens in our world-class Arboretum and our Urrbrae House Historic Precinct Gardens, assistance is always welcome. Our Volunteers meet regularly on Tuesdays and Fridays during the morning to tender the gardens. This program is especially good for those who no longer have a garden at home yet want to keep gardening in the fresh air in a friendly and supportive environment.
Gardening skills and a certain level of commitment to the program are appreciated. The gardens and arboretum occupy large areas within the historic precinct with activities involving long distances for which a general level of fitness and mobility is required.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.