Gardener

Volunteer

About the Organisation

The Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is a non-government, not-for profit charitable organisation that delivers a range of crisis and early intervention accommodation and support services to women, children, young people, and families who are experiencing, or at risk of homelessness and/or domestic and family violence.

​We have operated in Sydney’s inner city and inner west for over 40 years. We currently deliver our Families Service through an alliance with the St Vincent De Paul Society, Jewish House, Wesley Mission and Stepping Out. Other WAGEC activities are delivered in partnership with community, business and government stakeholders.

Our Vision                             

A safe future for women and families.

Our Mission

WAGEC is a not for profit, charity based in inner city Sydney, New South Wales.

We create safe spaces for women and families impacted by the effects of homelessness, domestic and family violence and systemic disadvantage.

We create enduring change in times of crisis through access to safety, housing and material support.

We work with our communities to advocate social change.

We are trauma-informed and culturally appropriate in our practice.

Our Values

Our values underpin our guiding principles and the way we work. We are:

  • Flexible and focused on our clients
  • Creative and professional in all our work
  • Always respectful and inclusive
  • We act with integrity
  • We are proactive
  • We are compassionate
  • We are feminist in our approach

Our approach allows us to think holistically as we work with clients and look beyond the immediate state to future possibilities and collaborations. We believe that a strong work ethic and values are crucial to achieving our vision.

About the Role

We require an experienced gardener to assist in the routine maintenance and development of key areas of WAGEC sites.

SUPERVISION

A member of the team will contact you before the event to discuss any queries you have about the role.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under direction, assist in the care, maintenance and presentation of the gardens and public spaces at WAGEC sites, including:

 

  • Weeding
  • Dead heading
  • Sweeping
  • Pruning
  • Soil improvement
  • Plant cultivation
  • Lawn-mowing
  • Other duties as required

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • This is a physically demanding role in an outdoor environment. Reasonable physical health and mobility is essential
  • Please supply your own hat and gloves
  • You will not be using chemicals
  • Use of machinery may be required (e.g. lawn-mower)
  • Supply own lawn-mower is desirable

TRAINING

Relevant training will be provided via induction and on the job

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Previous experience in horticulture/gardening is desirable

About You

  • You are reliable, punctual and responsible
  • Self-motivated
  • Reasonable level of fitness due to the nature of the work
  • Ability to work outdoors and use garden tools
  • An appreciation for cultural diversity and an ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and an understanding of domestic violence is desirable

AVAILABILITY

Regular role, once a month preferred. Variety of options depending on availability. Must be Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm.

ROLE LOCATION

Inner-west suburb in Sydney, NSW and Sydney CBD

BENEFITS TO THE VOLUNTEER

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are supporting WAGEC's mission to create a safe future for women and girls
  • Strengthen your community and social networks
  • Use your skills and passion for gardening for a good cause

How to Apply

1)     Read the position description above

2)    If you have any questions, please call/email us before making an application

3)    Send your application which should contain:

•      Your 1-2 page CV, and

•      A brief cover letter telling us why you think you are the best person to fill this role

4)    Email your application to volunteer@wagec.org.au

SCREENING PROCESS

All WAGEC volunteers are required to undergo an initial screening process. This is to ensure the safety of WAGEC clients, staff, volunteers and applicants. Your application to become a volunteer is not a guarantee that you will be successful or that you will be allocated a specific volunteer role. By applying you acknowledge our discretion to discontinue your application at any stage of the process.

QUESTIONS: Natalie Ziolkowski WAGEC Volunteer & Events Administrator

Phone: 0431 186 542  Email: volunteer@wagec.org.au