Current Volunteer Roles

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Share your skills or learn some new ones. We need all kinds of volunteer support to grow this community hub that helps support everyone. Check out the kinds of volunteer help we could use below – everything from in-the-garden roles to marketing and plumbing. To become part of this thriving good will – sign up here.

 

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Gardening Roles

Lawn Mower


We want to keep the Waitaki Community Gardens a tidy and welcoming place for people to enjoy, so it is important that we keep our lawns mowed regularly. We need keen gardeners to take turns being responsible for mowing the main community gardens site on top of the hill.

You don’t need to be an expert– just someone who knows how to operate a push lawn-mower. We can provide training for the ride-on mower. We have all the equipment here for you to use, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays. It will probably take about 3 hours each time it is your turn on the roster.




Weed Eater


We want to keep the Waitaki Community Gardens a tidy and welcoming place for people to enjoy, so it is important that we keep our garden beds edged regularly and grass around the fruit trees maintained. We need keen gardeners to take turns being responsible for weed eating and line trimming at the main community gardens site on top of the hill and on the slopes where the fruit trees are.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who knows how to operate a weed-eater. We can provide training if you haven’t used one before. We have all the equipment here for you to use, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays. It will probably take about 3 hours each time it is your turn on the roster.




Garden Bed Maintenance


We want our garden beds to act as an educational tool, so it is important that we maintain them regularly by weeding, composting, digging over, and mulching. We need keen gardeners who can be delegated tasks on site at Waitaki Community Gardens on Chelmer Street and the Harbour Heritage Garden in the historic precinct.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who knows the different between a weed and a plant (we can even point them out to you to start with if that helps 🙂 We have all the tools here for you to use, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays. How much time you dedicate is flexible depending on how much time you have to give, but we expect a minimum time commitment of 2 hours per month to this position.




Grass & Leaf Raking


We want to keep the Waitaki Community Gardens a tidy and welcoming place for people to enjoy, so it is important that we keep our lawns and driveway raked regularly. We need a keen raker to take over raking (or share the role on a roster) the lawns after they have been mowed and the driveway which collects a lot of fallen gum leaves.

You don’t need to be a raking expert– just someone who enjoys raking. We have all the tools here for you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 3 hours per month.




Propogator & Planter


We need to grow vegetable seedlings for the various community & school garden sites, so it is important that we have people to help propagate and plant out. All propagation work will take place at the community gardens on Chelmer Street and include planting seeds, preparing potting mix, pricking out, transplanting, and planting out.

Experience is welcomed, but you don’t need to be a garden expert– just a willingness to learn, good hand-eye coordination for working with small seedlings, and a nurturing spirit. We have all the tools here for you to use, and you will work alongside our Volunteer & Site Coordinator between 1-3pm on weekdays. It will probably take 2 hours per week from July to October.




Harvester


We provide fresh produce for a variety of community members and organisations, so it is important that we have people to help with harvesting. Harvesting will vary seasonally and include picking and preparing for distribution vegetables, fruit, herbs, and teas. All harvesting work will take place at the community gardens on Chelmer Street or Harbour Heritage Garden in the historic precinct.

You don’t need to have previous experience or be a gardening expert– just a willingness to learn, follow instructions, and work with others. We have all the tools here for you to use, and you will work alongside our Volunteer & Site Coordinator between 1-3pm on weekdays as required. It will probably take 2 hours per week.




Fruit Tree Maintenance


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a space that is plentiful with fruit trees for future generations, so it is important we maintain our fruit and nut trees with seasonal weeding, pruning, training, and mulching. We need a keen gardener to take assist with fruit tree maintenance on site at the community gardens. The fruit trees are on a hilly and sometimes steep section of the gardens.

Experience is welcomed, but you don’t need to be a tree expert–just someone who is keen to learn and work alongside others. We have all the tools here for you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you and other crew members. It will probably take 3 hours each month.




Pruning and Grafting


Pruning and grafting expertise is needed for delevopment of the fruit trees at the Waitaki Community Gardens site and through out or food forest planted throughout the Waitaki area.




Compost and Mulching


Help us to keep our compost system helathy. Needing help chopping material, turning the compost and sifting in preparation for spreading





Health & Safety Roles

First Aider


We want to ensure Waitaki Community Gardens is a safe space for everyone, so it is important we have first aiders on site. Staff members on site also have basic first aid qualifications.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone with a first aid qualification. We have a first aid kit here for you to use, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays during the regular volunteer working bee.




OHS Advisor & Auditor


We want to ensure Waitaki Community Gardens is a safe space to work and volunteer, so it is important we audit and review our occupational health and safety. We need a keen person to take over as advisor for our health & safety.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who knows the ins and outs of best practice for workplace health and safety. You can do it at a time that suits you.





On Site Maintenance Roles

Hub Maintenance


We want to make our educational hub at Waitaki Community Gardens an amazing space for learning and community events, so it is important we keep it clean and organised. We need a keen cleaner to take over cleaning the outdoor kitchen area, sweeping the hub floors, and keeping the hub tidy and inviting. The hub is the open-sided building with the wood-fired pizza oven and outdoor classroom area at the centre of the community gardens site.

You don’t need to be a cleaning expert–just someone who enjoys cleaning and tidying up. We have all the basic tools here for you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1 hour each fortnight.




Sweeping


We want to keep Waitaki Community Gardens a tidy and welcoming place for people to enjoy, so it is important we sweep the floors regularly. We need a keen sweeper to take over sweeping the tool shed, office and porch on site at the community gardens.

You don’t need to be a gardening expert–just someone who enjoys sweeping. We have a broom here for you to use, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays. It will probably take 15 minutes each week.




First Aid Kit Maintenance


We want to ensure Waitaki Community Gardens is a safe place to work and volunteer, so it is important we have our first aid kit restocked and ready. We need a keen and reliable person to take over checking and restocking the first aid kit on site at the community gardens.

You don’t need to be a first aid expert–just someone who knows the basics of what should be in a first aid kit. We have a budget for restocking, and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1 hour every other month.




Builder


We are constantly developing Waitaki Community Gardens as a learning space, so it is important we build and develop infrastructure as needed. We need a keen builder to take over small building projects on site.

You need to be someone with building or handyman experience. We have some basic tools here for you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you. Time will vary by project.




Mechanical Equipment Maintenance


We want to keep Waitaki Community Gardens a tidy and welcoming place for people to enjoy, so it is important we keep our mechanical tools for mowing, weed eating, mulching, and line trimming well maintained. We need a keen mechanical mind to take over maintenance of ride-on and push mowers, weed eater, line trimmer, and mulcher on site at the community gardens.

You need experience maintaining and servicing mechanical equipment. We have all the tools here on site, and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 2-3 hours each month.




Hand Tool Maintenance


We want to ensure Waitaki Community Gardens has excellent tools for our team members, so it is important we clean, sharpen and maintain hand tools. We need a keen handyman to take over hand tool maintenance on site at the community gardens.

You don’t need to be a tool expert–just someone who knows how to clean, sharpen and maintain a variety of gardening hand tools. We have all the tools here on site, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays or at a time that suits you. It will probably take 2 hours each fortnight.




Plumber


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens an amazing venue for workshops and events, so it is important we have basic plumbing. We need a keen person with plumbing skills to help us install running water to the sinks in our toilet and outdoor kitchen.

You don’t need to be a plumbing expert–just someone who has experience connecting sinks to mains water supply. We have some basic tools here for you to use, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays. It will probably take up to 10 hours to complete the job.




Rabbit Hunter


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens pest-free, so it is important we hunt the rabbits. We need keen hunters to collaborate. You can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-2 hours each time. We require advance notice so we can close the gates to the public and notify the police.




Stone Mason


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy, so it is important we make our central, circular garden a beautiful feature. We need a keen stone mason to take over restoration of the Oamaru Whitestone walls located in the inner-circle of the circular garden.

You don’t need to be a stone expert–just someone who has experience working with stone and mortar. You will need to provide your own stonemasonry tools, and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays or at a time that suits you. It will probably take 10-15 hours to complete the job.




Licenced Chainsaw Operator


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a fantastic space for growing fruit and vegetables, so it is important we fell some of the gum trees. We need a keen, licensed chainsaw operator to take over felling gum trees along the eastern perimeter of the community gardens, along the driveway behind the office, toolshed and toilet.

You must be a licensed chainsaw operator to undertake this work on council land. We will provide petrol, but you will need to provide your own chainsaw and you can do it between 1-3pm on weekdays or at a time that suits you. It will probably take 2-20 hours to complete the job depending on how many trees you have time to fell. Details of the job need to be discussed prior with the Volunteer & Site Coordinator.





Food & Catering Roles

Wood-fire Pizza Chef


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens an amazing venue for community events, so it is important we have helping hands in the outdoor kitchen. We need a keen pizza chef to take the lead with cooking pizzas in the wood-fired oven and setting up the kitchen area for pizza making during community and fundraising events.

You don’t need to be a professional chef–just someone who enjoys making pizzas and being part of the kitchen crew. We have all the tools here for you to use, and you can do it when we host events with pizza. It will probably take 3-4 hours each event including set-up, cooking and tidy up.




Bakers


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a great place to volunteer, so it is important our volunteers feel valued and appreciated. We need a keen baker to take over baking sweet treats (cookies, slice, etc) that we can nourish our volunteers with at weekly working bees.

You don’t need to be a culinary expert–just someone who loves baking. We have seasonal ingredients we can provide and will reimburse any expenses for additional ingredients. You can do it from your home kitchen at a time that suits you and coordinate drop-offs with Ra. It will probably take 1 hour each time.




Preserves & Larder Legend


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens financially self-sufficient, so it is important we generate some revenue from our produce, conserves, and jams. We need a keen larder legend to take over conserves, jams, pickles and jellies, especially for our seasonal fruits from the community gardens.

You don’t need to be a culinary expert–just someone who enjoys making conserves. We have seasonal ingredients we can provide and will reimburse any expenses for additional ingredients. You can do it from your home kitchen at a time that suits you and coordinate drop-offs with Ra. It will probably take 2-3 hours each time.




General Cooking & Catering


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens an amazing space for community and fundraiser events, so it is important we are able to cater for groups. We need a keen cook who is available for cooking and catering, either from home or using the outdoor kitchen at the community gardens.

You don’t need to be a professional chef–just someone who enjoys cooking. We have seasonal ingredients we can provide and will reimburse any expenses for additional ingredients. You can do it from your home kitchen at a time that suits you leading up to the event. It will probably take 3-4 hours each time.




Prepare Teas


Help us prepare our herbal teas that are used for fundrising.

Harvesting, chopping, wieghing and bagging of the herbal teas is needed





Marketing & Comms Roles

Sponsorship & Donations Seeker


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens financially self-sufficient in the long term, so it is important we build relationships with local businesses who can support us with in-kind donations and sponsorship. We need a keen spokesperson to take over seeking sponsorship from local businesses and national corporations.

You don’t need to be a communications expert–just someone who has the gift of the gab and feels comfortable approaching businesses. You can do it at a time that suits you. The time required will probably vary by project, so please give us a realistic expectation of how much time you have available for each sponsorship drive.




Grant Writer


We want to ensure Waitaki Community Gardens is sustainable in its programme delivery to the local community, so it is important we secure funding for our projects and staff. We need a keen grant writer to assist with writing grant applications.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone with marketing or grant writing experience and good writing skills. We have all the necessary information for you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you. Many applications are by deadline, so you will need to work to deadlines. It will probably take 1-2 hours for each application. Sophia will collaborate with you to identify potential grants, match to projects, and provide background information.




Crowdfunding Networker


As an educational hub, we want to deliver high-quality education from Waitaki Community Gardens, so it is important we tap into our support base for donations to support our work with schools. We need a keen crowdfunder to take over our donations campaign on Give A Little.

You don’t need to be a crowdfunding expert–just someone who has a little experience and is savvy with digital networking. We have the platforms you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you.




Graphic Design & Art


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a creative space for learning, so it is important we use art and design to appeal to the masses. We need a keen graphic designer or artist to take over creative projects on site, poster designs, designing a team tee shirt, etc.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who loves art or design. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. Time required will vary by project and artist.




Videographer & YouTube


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the wider community, so it is important we keep the public informed of our educational programmes, upcoming events, workshops, and what’s happening. We need a keen videographer to take over managing our YouTube channel and contributing with the creation of short documentary-style films.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who enjoys filmmaking, editing and production. You will need to supply your own camera and computer, but you can do editing from home at a time that suits you. The time required will vary on the person and project.




Photographer


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the wider community so it is important we have up-to-date photographs of our programmes, gardens and volunteer team. We need a keen photographer to take beautiful, high-resolution shots for our website, FB cover shot, etc.

You don’t need to be a photography expert–just someone who enjoys taking gorgeous snaps. You will need to provide your own camera, but you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-2 hours each month.




Story Collector


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the wider community, so it is important we capture the impact of our work and how it affects people’s lives. We need a keen story collector to take over harvesting stories from our volunteers, students, and staff.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who enjoys writing & storytelling. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-2 hours each month.




Facebook Admin


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens to people’s everyday lives, so social media is an important tool for sharing what’s happening at WCG, relevant stories and organisations, inspiring quotes, and pearls of wisdom. We need a keen Facebooker to contribute to our social media stream.

You don’t need to be a social media expert–just someone who enjoys Facebook, following similar organisations, and sharing cool stuff about sustainable living. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-5 hours each month depending on how frequently you want to contribute.




Instagram Admin


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens to people’s everyday lives, so social media is an important tool for sharing what’s happening at WCG, relevant stories and organisations, inspiring quotes, and pearls of wisdom. We need a keen Instagrammer to contribute to our social media stream.

You don’t need to be a social media expert–just someone who enjoys Instagram, following similar organisations, and sharing cool stuff about gardening and sustainable living. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-5 hours each month depending on how frequently you want to contribute.




Blogger


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens to people’s everyday lives, so social media is an important tool for sharing what’s happening, especially our educational programmes at schools. We need a keen blogger to contribute to our school gardens’ blog and feature a different school garden each month.

You don’t need to be a professional writer–just someone who enjoys blogging, sharing photos and stories. The day and time of school garden clubs vary. You can blog from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 2 hours each month.




Website Wizard


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens to people’s everyday lives, so it is important we have our website updated regularly. We need a keen website wizard to help us keep our website content up-to-date, ensure links are functioning properly, etc.

You don’t need to be a website expert–just someone who knows the basics of wordpress and enjoys managing websites. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 2-3 hours each month.




Press Release Writer


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the wider community, so it is important we keep the public informed of upcoming events, workshops, and what’s happening. We need a keen writer to take over writing press releases for the local newspapers.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who enjoys writing. We have tools like media release templates for you to use, and you can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-2 hours each time.




Telgram Notices Writer


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the wider community, so it is important we keep the public informed of upcoming events, workshops, and what’s happening. We need a keen writer to take over writing ads and brief stories for the Telegram.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who enjoys writing. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1 hour each month.




Poster Design


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the wider community, so it is important we keep the public informed of upcoming events, workshops, and what’s happening. We need a keen person to take over designing posters that promote our cause, inform people about upcoming events, and highlight success stories.

You don’t need to be a design expert–just someone who enjoys creating posters. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-2 hours each month.




Handmade Cards to Thank Donors & Volunteers


We want to inspire and advocate for sustainable communities, so it is important we write submissions to Council for the annual plan, long-term plan, parks & reserves strategic plan and sustainability plan. We need a keen person to take over writing submissions to council.

You don’t need to be a policy expert–just someone who enjoys reading policy and writing submissions in response. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 4-5 hours for each submission.




Attend/host networking events


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the wider community, networking and meeting like minded people helps develop ideas as a community and support each other in projects,

Become an ambassador for the community at local networking events.




Letters to the Editor


Writing responses to articles in local press to support the Waitaki Community Gardens.




Newsletters


Write updates and information about upcoming events and volunteering opertunities to keep our communtity informed





One-Off-Project Roles

Surveys & Evaluation


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a hub for educational excellence, so it is important we evaluate our programmes and services regularly. We need a people person to assist Sophia with surveying students, teachers, and volunteers.

You don’t need to be a data expert–just someone who enjoys evaluating projects and asking people questions about their experiences. We have all the survey for you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 2-3 hours each month.




Brochure Design - Services & Team


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a fantastic place to volunteer, so it is important we communicate our cause and how people can get involved. We need a keen person to take over designing a brochure that summarises our services and volunteer team roles.

You don’t need to be a design expert–just someone who enjoys creating brochures. We have all the tools here for you to use, and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 3-5 hours to complete.




Welcome Kit for Volunteers


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a fantastic place to volunteer, so it is important we provide new volunteers with necessary information about our programmes, services and their roles. We need a keen person to organise a welcome kit for volunteers. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 10 hours to complete.




Volunteer Reconnect


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a great place to volunteer again, so it is important we reconnect with past supporters and volunteers. We need a keen people person to take over calling our old database of volunteers to see if they are keen to get involved again, and find out which of our team roles they are interested in.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who enjoys calling people and asking them questions. We can provide phone credit and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 10-15 hours to complete.




Speaking Events Organiser


We want to connect Waitaki Community Gardens with the community, so it is important we book public speaking events with service clubs, local organisations, and schools. We need a keen organiser to take over researching and booking public speaking events.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who enjoys organising and networking. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-2 hours each month.




T Shirt Designer


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a great organisation to be a part of, so it is important we have an amazing t-shirt that represents our work and identifies our amazing team members. We need a keen person to take over designing a community gardens’ t-shirt.

You don’t need to be a design expert–just someone who can put cool designs on a t-shirt. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. Time required will depend on the person.




History Writer


We want to record the history of Waitaki Community Gardens as it unfolds, so it is important we document our history and timeline as a community organisation. We need a keen person to take over writing an organisational history and timeline.

You don’t need to be a professional writer–just someone who writes clearly, can summarise information provided in interviews, and enjoys documenting organisational history. You can do it from home at a time that suits you. It will probably take 15-20 hours to complete.




Induction Kit Writer


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a great organisation to be a part of, so it is important we provide new trustees with necessary information about the organisation, the role they will be performing, and how they can contribute. We need a keen trustee to take over creating an induction kit for future trustees. You can do it from home at a time that suits you.




Feedback Board Maker


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a great place to volunteer, so it is important we regularly collect feedback and ideas from volunteers. We need a creative person to take over making a feedback board in the education hub at the community gardens.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone creative who loves to collect ideas. We can provide materials and reimburse you for any expenses, and you can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 1-4 hours to complete this job.




Sign & Banner Writer


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens an educational space for community members to visit, so it is important we have great signage. We need a keen person to take over signwriting for garden bed signage, notice boards, information panels and one-off events.

You don’t need to be a professional calligrapher–just someone who is tidy and enjoys signwriting. We have basic paint and brushes here for you to use, and you can do it between at a time that suits you. Time required will vary with each time as needed.





Sales and Rep Roles

Oamaru Farmers Market Store Holder


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens financially sustainable in the long term, so it is important we sell some of our produce and seedlings seasonally at the local farmers’ market. We need keen volunteers to take responsibility for setting up and manning a stall at the farmers’ market.

You don’t need to be a sales expert–just someone who is willing to sell stuff at the market , answer questions about our organisation and tell people about our current projects. We will provide everything you need for a farmers’ market on Sundays from 9am-1pm. It will probably take 5 hours each market you attend, but it will only be seasonally and not on a regular weekly basis.




Salesperson


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens financially sustainable in the long term, so it is important we develop our social enterprise projects selling herbal teas, creams, the gardens as a venue, and other products. We need a keen salesperson to take over sales to local businesses and events.

You need to be someone with sales experience. You can do it at a time that suits you. Time required will vary depending on the project.




Networker


We want to connect our work at Waitaki Community Gardens with opportunities in the community, so it is important we attend networking events. We need a keen networker to take over attending certain events on behalf of our organisation.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who is familiar with our programmes, mission and organisation. It will probably take 2 hours each time.




Donation Box Collector / Distributor


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens to be financially sustainable in the long term, so it is important we collect donations regularly. We need a keen spokesperson to take over distributing and collecting donation boxes to local businesses.

You can do it at a time that suits you. It will probably take 2 hours each month.




Public Speaker


We want to make Waitaki Community Gardens a great place to volunteer, so it is important we get new volunteers involved with our organisation. We need a keen person to take over public speaking at service clubs and local community groups.

You don’t need to be an expert–just someone who is familiar with our organisation, programmes and services. We have presentations for you to use. It will probably take 1-2 hours each time.





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