We are all Volunteers.

Two teams

Our group has two ‘core’ teams. One team collects local seed & cuttings from in & around the Bass Coast and the South Gippsland Shires and the second team propagate in our nursery at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi. Volunteers are covered by our insurance policy.

Mentors guide our teams & teach the protocols for seed collection, seed germination, plant propagation, nursery hygiene, etc.

The nursery team hibernates over some winter months.

  • Seed Collection Team – Monday 9am – 11am (Locations differ each week)
  • Nursery Team – Wednesday 10am – 12 noon

Seed Collection Team

The Seed Collection Team are our intrepid explorers, seeking out nooks, swamplands, sandy rises & bush tracks to find indigenous seeds from the local area.

These ‘jaunts’ are usually on a Monday & strong friendships are formed within the team ably led by our specialist mentors.

If you enjoy being outdoors in the bush & are interested in learning about how to identify our indigenous plants, then this is a great activity for you.

Nursery Team

The Nursery Team meet at our shed & nursery on site at the State Coal Mine.

Activities include cleaning of the seed, batching the seed into storage quantities, preparing seed orders, seed germination, propagation of cuttings, pricking out & tubing plants, weeding, watering & nursery maintenance.

Training

New volunteers are given an opportunity to observe initially to gain an overall understanding of the activities. Mentors assist new volunteers with an activity until they are comfortable.

Participation

Each volunteer’s time commitment will vary & you may decide a preference for one Team or the other or you may enjoy participation in both.

We value your interest and website visit, however we are a niche group and have limited capacity to manage people.

Watch this page, or email us to be added to our ‘Volunteer Waiting List‘ for information on when we are actively recruiting.

RECRUITING NOW: People with horticulture/nursery qualifications/experience (Skilled). Please email: contact@wsbn.org.au

We also really appreciate people who have skills and an interest in administration roles and value being part of a community team.

Your contribution will make a difference!