City of Surrey - Heritage Services

Garden/Orchard Assistant



The Garden Volunteer may work individually or on a team to assist to identify and research topics, prepare gardens, plant, maintain, preserve, and assist to interpret the health and seasonal presentations of heirloom flowers, herbs, vegetables and orchards. 




  • Basic gardening knowledge and practice
  • A keen interest in or knowledge of historic gardens and orchards
  • Physically fit and interested in outdoor work
  • Some knowledge of organic growing methods
  • Interest in seed preservation
  • Good oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Successful completion of Heritage Services’ volunteer intake process




Samples of activities and initiatives may include:

  • Reading notes, attending training, studying and practicing presentations for the specific program
  • Researching garden history, plant heritage and historic gardening techniques and supply sources
  • Assisting with the planting of heritage seeds and plants
  • Assisting with the maintenance of the gardens by weeding and watering.
  • Conducting research on heritage gardens, plants and landscapes.
  • Sharing information about the gardens and plants with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Assisting with demonstrating traditional and heritage gardening practices


Time Commitment:


Six to eight hours per month on a consistent day; including one monthly Saturday morning Gardening Bee



The schedule will be worked out at the mutual convenience of the volunteer and staff.