Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct


Do you have a passion for environmental sustainability, a keen interest in local heritage or enthusiasm for health and wellbeing?  We are calling out for expressions of interest to be part of a volunteer team at the soon to be opened Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct.


We are seeking expressions of interest for the following roles:


General Volunteer

Will assist the Strathdon Education and Volunteers Officer to:

  • Plan, set-up and support workshops, classes and educational programs in the educational Kitchen Garden
  • Plan seasonal and rotational planting
  • Maintain the educational kitchen garden (ie: soil preparation, planting, pruning, mulching, fertilising, weeding and watering)
  • Plan and undertake plant propagation
  • Initiate and maintain seeds for a Strathdon Seed Library
  • Care and maintain the apple orchard (pruning, harvesting, pest and disease checking/control)
  • Maintain waste management systems on site (ie: compost, bokashi, worm farm)
  • Plan and develop ideas for ongoing programs and activities at Strathdon
  • Participate in working bees


Heritage Volunteer

Will assist the Strathdon Education and Volunteers Officer & Precinct Coordinator by:

  • Considering and caring for the Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct Collection
  • Undertaking ongoing research surrounding items in the Collection
  • Writing and proofreading text for ongoing rotational display of collection items in Strathdon House
  • Working with the Precinct Coordinator to change over and update internal displays within the house
  • Working with the Precinct Coordinator to identify themes and group collection items for public displays
  • Working with the Precinct Coordinator to prioritise areas of research of the collection


As a response to community feedback we are considering how we can support hosting a Repair Café or regular repair activities at Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct. If you are interested in participating in, setting up, have experience with or skills that compliment Repair activities, please include this as part of your Expression of Interest. If you are part of an existing group who is interested in contributing to repair activities, please includes details.


Whitehorse City Council is committed to engaging with and managing volunteers in accordance with equal opportunity legislation and/or guidelines produced by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission relating to volunteers.


To be a volunteer at Whitehorse City Council, you will require a current Victorian Working With Children Check (volunteer status) and undergo a National Criminal History Check. Volunteers are required to attend an induction and any relevant ongoing training.

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About Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct

The Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct is located at 449-465 Springvale Road, Forest Hill and will operate as a vibrant community precinct.

An annual program of workshops and events, with a focus on health, wellbeing and environmental sustainability, will be available to people of all ages in our community. We are creating a nature play area for children and building an educational kitchen garden with a focus on food production and sustainable living principles.