Volunteering on our projects

The Farm relies on a hardy troupe of volunteers to help keep the animals healthy and happy and to contribute in many ways to the ongoing operation of the Farm and activities. If you are a keen gardener or would like to learn more about gardening, please join us every Tuesday afternoon, from 1.30pm except during the school holidays. No need to call or book, just turn up on the day!

Please note: It is now compulsory for all volunteers to have a current Working with Children Check. As a volunteer you may get one for free, you just need to pay for the photos. Forms can be obtained from the post office.

Corporate Volunteering Information

Contact: Anita Stec, staff@farm.org.au
Time:  10am-1pm or 10am-4pm

Parking: There is an all day car park next door. It costs $8 for the day.
Volunteer activity details: Volunteers assist with farmers' market set-up including placing straw bales out for seating, setting up signage, trestles umbrellas, recycling stations and the farm stall. Harvesting produce for the farm stall is seasonal and may involve harvesting fruit, picking veggies and flowers, and packaging seeds and/or dried herbs. This happens on the second Friday of the month and can take up to 16 people.
Volunteer activity details: Volunteers assist with land care/gardening depending on the time of the year. Includes weeding (usually weeds are then fed to the animals), mulching, planting, harvesting, watering, building pathways in the gardens. This happens any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Max 10 people.
What to wear and bring: We ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat and waterproof jacket, as the weather is always changing.
Lunch: Volunteers are required to bring their own lunch and water bottles. Alternatively, lunch can be purchased at the Farm Cafe or the Convent bakery.
What is the Collingwood Children's Farm? The Collingwood Children's Farm is a not-for-profit community organisation working to connect city people with land, animals, farm life and community. It is a farm where people come together around animals, chores and activities. Children and young people develop life skills in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.

Work Experience

Students from a variety of different areas can apply for work experience at The Collingwood Children's Farm. We have had placements from a large range of courses including veterinary science, teaching, community development, agricultural science, TAFE animal studies, animal science, children's services, early childhood development studies, education and international development and primary and secondary schools.

There are far more students seeking work experience than we can accommodate or properly train. Because of this we prefer to take on students that are looking to do placements of two or more weeks. We feel that more learning happens after the first week of training and a greater degree of independence can be achieved.

We ask all intending tertiary applicants to carefully address:

  • why they would like to do work experience at the Farm
  • what their experience of working with animals is
  • what their understanding of the Collingwood Children's Farm is

Please indicate your available dates in your application. All applicants will be asked to come to the Farm for a Farm tour and interview.

Work experience students assist with a variety of activities tailored to their particular area of study. These can include assisting with animal chores, feeding, housing and handling animals, food production and harvesting, landcare, farm tours, working with groups and special events.

Students are encouraged to shadow farm staff for a while and then when confidence and skills develop they are encouraged to work both independently and as part of a team.

School-aged students seeking work experience are asked to email the address below and an application form will be emailed back.

Tertiary applications for work experience at the Collingwood Children's Farm need to email Anita Stec at staff@farm.org.au addressing the questions posed above. Include what you are studying and where, when you are available to do work experience and the duration of time you will be doing work experience.