Wwoofers / Volunteer Workers

Volunteer worker’s application

We are a working farm and Permaculture educational facility, and as such we ask that you work full days. You will be learning a lot during the working days, Tom will explain why we do things the way we do when he shows you a job. Weekends are days off, with no work to be done on the farm apart from feeding the animals. You may be asked to look after the animal routines on weekends, we try and take turns so that everyone can have a full weekend off on occasion. Due to the complexity of the Permaculture Systems you will be learning, we ask that your minimum stay is 4 weeks, unless things aren’t working out for either or both of us. Please do not apply if you are unable to stay for the minimum 4 weeks.

We are unable to cater for special dietary needs. If you have special dietary needs (eg vegetarian, vegan, raw food) we ask you to self cater, there are cooking facilities which you will be able to use. We may be able to provide some food.
You will share our breakfasts on week days, breakfasts are mostly vegetarian. All volunteers will take it in turns to cook lunch on week days for shared meals. Dinner is self catering for everyone, volunteers and trainees can work out shifts for cooking dinner if so desired.
Wwoofing / volunteer accommodation is in a tent (supplied by you). Our facilities are very basic, with composting toilets and wood heated showers. Jobs that need doing are harvesting, weeding and mulching in the garden, kitchen assistance, animal care and cleaning, helping with projects, chop and drop, building projects, digging, planting etc.

Dinner on dy 7 of the Prmaculture Design Certificate course at PRI Sunshine Coast

We do not allow any drugs, alcohol, chemicals or cigarettes on the property. Please check any soaps, shampoos and toothpastes you bring, whether they have any sulphates or other nasties. If unsure, please ask, we do always have spare soaps, shampoos etc available for use on the property.
We can provide pickup if necessary from Pomona, preferably on Tuesday or Wednesday, but we can possibly organise other days. Bus number 632 runs from Noosa and Cooroy to Pomona daily.
Please note that volunteers are required to assist in processing animals for eating. If you do not wish to partake in these activities or are put off by it, please do not apply.
Please read the following Memorandum of Understanding. If you apply for a volunteer / wwoofing position with us, you agree to the MOU below by submitting your application.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc.(PRI-SC) and you for the Sunshine Coast Institute demonstration site at 93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin Queensland, Australia.

You will be volunteering for the Permaculture research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (PRI-SC), the not for profit organisation which runs Permaculture courses, training, workshops and events as well as teaches and trains volunteers at “Maungaraeeda”, the Permaculture Demonstration and Education site at 93 Golden Gully Road, Kin Kin, Queensland, Australia.

PRI-SC agrees to share breakfast, lunch and camping facilities with its volunteer workers, wwoofers and helpers (henceforth referred to as volunteers) on week days throughout the duration of their stay. On weekends and at night time volunteers need to self cater, food may be supplied when available.

PRI-SC respects all religious beliefs and encourages inter-cultural relations. PRI-SC will not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

PRI-SC has a strict smoke, drug, chemical and alcohol free policy. Possession or being under the influence of alcohol or any illicit substances is strictly prohibited on the premises of the Demonstration Site (DS). This policy will be strictly enforced and anyone who breaches this contract will be asked to leave the property. Cigarettes can be smoked off the property on the road side, but please remember the environmental impact of smoking and dispose of any filters personally (off the property). Please be aware that many personal care products contain chemicals which can interfere with the natural processes on the property. We ask you use natural, chemical free products at all times on the property, some products may be made available for you on site.

Dress Code

PRI-SC requests that all volunteers recognise that the DS is a privately owned farm and that in order to respect the cultural sensitivities of the organisers, students, other workers on the property and guests, a modest dress code is requested. Swimming is allowed in dams, however, modesty is requested—this means no nude swimming. The organizers retain the right to request a change in one’s dress if a volunteer does not adhere to the dress code.

Sexual Harassment and Behavior

PRI-SC discourages casual sexual behaviour at the DS between staff, students, volunteers and interns. The purpose of this policy is in order to retain a sense of professionalism between staff, volunteers and students and to avoid problems, conflicts and negative outcomes which could potentially arise. Sexual harassment between any parties will not be tolerated.

PRI-SC is committed to creating an environment in which all members of the community feel safe and secure, free from harassment. PRI-SC will not tolerate violent, aggressive or arrogant language or behaviour of any kind. Repeated offenses will result in one being asked to leave the property.

Infringement of PRI-SC’s Policies

PRI-SC reserves the right to address a volunteer’s particular behaviour or dress. In a case where the No Drug and Alcohol Policy has been breached, a volunteer may be asked to leave without prior warning. In all other cases, PRI-SC will discuss the matter with the volunteer and provide a warning wherever appropriate. In cases of extreme behaviour or cases where the rights of other volunteers, students and staff have been infringed upon, a volunteer may be asked to leave without a warning.

PRI-SC VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers agree to adhere to PRI-SC’s MOU (this agreement) throughout the duration of their stay.

Volunteers are expected to work a 5 (occasionally 6) day week plus partake in animal care duties on weekends, and breakfast and lunch are shared with you from Monday to Friday. When courses are held on the property, meals will include vegetarian options. When no courses are on, special dietary needs will need to self cater. Breakfasts are mainly vegetarian. In applying for a volunteer position you agree that you have been made aware that dairy products we use on the farm are not pasteurised or homogenised. If you prefer pasteurised dairy, you will be able to purchase them at the local store in Kin Kin or the IGA in Pomona. As we share our meals with you, you take full responsibility for consuming raw dairy products at PRI-SC if you do not let us know you would prefer not to consume our dairy.

All other dietary requirements have to be self-purchased and self-catered.

Accommodation is camping in volunteer-provided tents. You agree to bring everything needed to be comfortable in your tent like a mattress, sleeping bag, pillow etc.

Medical Release

The DS is a working farm. The volunteer understands that there are certain hazards or potential for accidents on a farm and agrees to abide by all safety rules set forth at the beginning of their stay. He / she also declares that should a medical event occur, neither PRI-SC nor the farm owners/manager will be held responsible. If the volunteer has any previously existing conditions or is on prescriptive medication, they should list it in the space provided in the application form.

Media Release

From time to time, PRI-SC documents courses and happenings at the institute and on the farm. This could be in the form of still photographs or film. By ticking the box below, the volunteer gives permission for his or her image to be used in future media, including DVDs, website, photographs and publicity material.

 
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