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📄 Currently Recruiting - Central Queensland - Garden Gurus (Emerald)


Trusted for generations. Iconic in Queensland, officially trusted by Australia We’re an award-winning care provider, recognised as Australia’s Most Trusted Brand in Queensland for home care and residential care services. It’s a testament to both the quality of our work and the relationships we’ve built since 1953. 

This volunteer opportunity will help to maintain and improve the quality of life and wellbeing of our residents by keeping our gardens and outside areas beautiful, safe and accessible.

This volunteer opportunity will help residents live life in all its fullness by helping to nurture the natural landscape and gardens that our residents can enjoy the outdoors within. The physical activity, mental stimulation and even social interaction that stems from being outside is a valuable part of our residents day and the care provided.


126 Borilla Street Emerald Q 4720 

Avalon Aged Care is a sixty-bed residential aged care facility located in the heart of Emerald. Our ultimate goal is for residents to live in an environment that feels like home, and maintaining our gardens is a vital part of this. Our grounds are extensive; therefore, there are opportunities for varied roles as a Garden Guru, including as a Hedging Hero, Watering Wizard and Landscaping Legend. These roles are well suited for an enthusiastic person who loves to spend time in the garden and is looking to make a difference in people's lives in their community.

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Roles and tasks involved include:


Hedging Heroes: 

▪️ Trim and prune Avalon's many hedges using a range of gardening equipment

▪️ Clear any debris left on pathways and in gardens 


Watering Wizards: 

▪️ Water Avalon's extensive collection of potted plants

▪️ Remove any weeds growing in pots

▪️ Hose of concrete around potted plants


Landscaping Legends:

▪️ Assist maintenance officer with maintaining and updating our gardens

▪️ Apply pesticides to remove harmful insects such as mosquitos, wasps, and ticks

▪️ Conduct general maintenance duties such as cleaning walkways 

▪️ Trim and edge around walks, flower beds and walls

▪️ Plant new decorative bushes, flowers, plants and shrubs

▪️ Remove weeds and dead plants as needed to preserve the health and natural beauty of the plants

▪️ Trim overgrown limbs and leaves to ensure an appealing look to the area


All Garden Guru's:

▪️ Have positive interactions with residents 

▪️ Report any concerns to staff immediately


This is a great opportunity to:

▪ Gain invaluable workplace experience

▪ Experience the joy of making a meaningful difference

▪ To meet mutual obligations, student placement hours or other requirements 



Shift times are flexible and will be negotiated to suit volunteer availability 

Any day of the week (Morning, Afternoon) 


Time Commitment: Minimum time commitment of 1-2 hours monthly 



▪️ General interest in gardening

▪️ Ability to follow instructions and work collaboratively 

▪️ Friendly, polite and patient manner

▪️ Follow health and safety procedures (training provided)


▪ Influenza Vaccination

▪ Working with children

▪ NDIS Workers Screening check

▪ National Police check


This role is accessible for people using:

▪ a wheelchair or mobility device

▪ accessible toilets

▪ an assistance animal


UnitingCare values diversity in our organisation and we have some principles in place that will help to promote both inclusion and access.  If you have any other accessibility requirements, please discuss these at the time of the interview.


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