Volunteer

We appreciate the significant contribution of our volunteers and look forward to working with you again. There are several ways to volunteer and stay connected to Woodfordia.
Read on to find out more…

LAKE GKULA CAMPING VOLUNTEERING

Want a camping experience but also like to feel part of making it happen? Do you love being at Woodfordia and want more time to soak up the beautiful landscape? Perhaps you have some teenagers that would like to gain some work experience while you chill by the lake? Or maybe you’re on Centrelink and would like to get some different work experience (we are a registered organisation with Centrelink and your hours can count towards your mutual obligation with Centrelink). Volunteering at Lake Gkula Camping is also a great option for those living and travelling around the country in their home on wheels, be they backpackers or grey nomads.

We need a small number of volunteers to assist us in running the campgrounds, the lake, the glamping tents and the General Store & Café/BBQ. There are two possible ways to volunteer:

  1. For a small donation of time, 4 hours per day for at least 3 days, you can come and enjoy Lake Gkula Camping and know that you’re supporting Woodfordia’s campground. In return, you’ll receive 1 basic meal per day plus an extra day to camp without any rostered shift. A great option if you only have a small amount of time but still want to be part of it.
  2. For anyone with more time on their hands, we have “the backpacker package” (don’t worry, you don’t have to be a backpacker to join the crew this way). Commit to 7 days in a row, for 5 hours per day and in return, you’ll be able to camp an additional week, either before or after your week commitment. You’ll also receive 3 basic meals per day while working, access to cooking facilities for when you aren’t working, access to affordable laundromat, and access to one of our site vehicles to allow you to go to town or explore the region.

We also need some volunteers to assist us in preparing the site in the setup (last week in March) and cleaning up afterwards (17 – 21 April).

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WINTER WARMER VOLUNTEERING – 30 & 31 JULY

Our annual working bee is an enormous help to our small site team to help us with those jobs that are simply better done by many hands, at least it’s more fun that way. There are projects around the site from landscaping to sorting through our storage containers, as well as artistic projects and projects for the whole family. Click on the button below to sign up for a project.

If you are a returning volunteer and didn’t receive your codes to apply easily, please write to volunteers@woodfordia.com to have them sent to you.

WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERING

Applications for volunteering for the 2023/24 Woodford Folk Festival will open 15 September for returning volunteers and 15 October for new volunteers.

Returning volunteers will be sent an invitation to volunteer with their returning volunteer codes once the application site is open in September.

Please keep us up to date with your best email address and if your details have changed, email volunteers@woodfordfolkfestival.com.

If you’d like to stay connected to the Woodford Folk Festival volunteer community, please join our Facebook group.

Or follow us on Instragram @woodfordfolkfestivalvolunteers

VOLUNTEER DURING THE YEAR

To volunteer throughout the year, email your CV and expression of interest to volunteers@woodfordia.com.

There are monthly working bees taking place to help care for the land and lake at Woodfordia, as well as the infrastructure.

To find out more about land/lake care, you are invited to join the Treehuggers mailing list by emailing treehuggers@woodfordia.com.

If you’re keen to assist in various site repair projects, carpentry, odd jobs fixing infrastructure or more, email woodfordwarriors@woodfordia.com to join their mailing list.

At these working bees, there is also a Folk Club that takes place on the last Saturday night of the month. If you’d like to help at the Folk Club, email woodfordfolkclub@woodfordia.com.

We also have some year-round office volunteer opportunities, that involve admin and various other duties. Email your CV to reception@woodfordia.com if you are interested.

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LAKE LOVERS WANTED*

We have a small but growing crew of dedicated volunteers who come out and do weeding around the edges, pruning and plant care, some skimming of algae and a bunch of tasks that will help the plants grow, the fish flourish and all the creatures that have come to live in the lake thrive.

You can come out for a day / week, a day / month, less or more, it’s up to you. We just ask you to complete this short little form and our head of the Lake Lovers crew will get in touch with you to go through the how you can become part of this very important crew. You will also be able to come camp on site the night before or night after you volunteer and of course, go for a dip after the work is done.

We ask that your first time volunteering as a Lake Lover coincides with one of our working bee weekends on the last weekend of the month so you can be inducted and meet other working bee participants.

* Woodfordia Inc is a registered organisation with Centrelink. Any voluntary work may count towards your Mutual Obligation Requirements.

INTERESTED IN LEADERSHIP?

We are accepting expressions of interest from people who are keen to take on a leadership role within the festival organising group.

WANT TO JOIN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF WOODFORDIA?

You might also consider becoming a citizen of Woodfordia and getting involved in shaping the future of our organisation. Stay connected in a meaningful way throughout the year. Be part of a movement that aims to make a beautiful and positive cultural contribution to all who feel our welcome.

Woodfordian Citizens, among other things, will be emailed Woodfordia’s quarterly journal Lore Society, invitations to regular gatherings and have access to a comprehensive and ever growing online Woodfordian Citizens Portal.

To become a Woodfordian Citizen, click here.

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