About the Program
The Nature Conservation Nursery specialises in growing local native seedlings for Council’s conservation reserves and mature plants for reserves and street trees. The nursery started operating in 2010. With the help of volunteers, we have increased our ability to grow more than 50,000 seedlings per year using various treatment methods. We successfully propagate over 100 species, including rare and uncommon understorey plants.
- Assist in collecting, cleaning, storing, and cataloguing native seeds within the nursery seed bank.
- Assist with native plant propagation activities, including sowing seed or cuttings, pricking and potting up, and watering and fertilising seedlings when required.
- Assist with production and maintenance of tree seedlings and advanced specimens for use as street trees.
- Assist with maintaining the nursery infrastructure and equipment to ensure hygienic conditions are maintained and the workspace is clean and functional.
- Assist with record-keeping activities relating to the supply and delivery of native seedlings to their final destinations and the management of the seed bank.
Benefits of volunteer nursery roles include:
Opportunity to gain native plant propagation and nursery maintenance skills.
Access to training and personal development opportunities in native vegetation management.
Meeting and working with people who share a passion for supporting the conservation of native flora and fauna in this region.
Experience in participating in plant production activities within a nursery environment.
Knowledge of biodiversity principles and skills in identifying local native plants.
Basic computer skills or a willingness to undertake training to acquire these skills.
The nursery's operational hours are weekdays, 7 am-4 pm. Vacancies currently exist on Wednesdays.
You can work for a maximum of 15 hours per week.
If you think this opportunity suits you, please apply!