Grow Wilder Placement - Wildflower Nursery

Avon Wildlife Trust
Voluntary position
Contract Type: 
2 days a week for 6 months
Contract Details: 
Voluntary Position
Details of Role: 



Title: Grow Wilder Placement - Wildflower Nursery


Responsible to: Shaun Waycott - Grow Wilder Wildflower Nursery Officer

Desirable frequency / duration: 2 days a week for 6 months                                     


Based at: Grow Wilder


Key purpose of volunteer role

Avon Wildlife Trust is at an exciting stage of transformation. Grow Wilder is AWT’s wildlife gardening and food growing site and represents a significant education and enterprise opportunity to Bring Wildlife Back and Enable People to Take Action for Nature.

The wildflower nursery grows native wildflowers for the creation of habitats for wildlife from a garden or allotment scale to local community projects and larger.

Together with the wider Grow Wilder site, this educates and inspires people to take action in their own areas as well as being a vital source of income for Grow Wilder.

This Grow Wilder placement will be to assist with running the wildflower nursery over the 2022 growing season, coordinating volunteer groups, ensuring volunteers are kept safe and supported in their work. You will work closely with Grow Wilder’s Wildflower Nursery Officer helping to produce and sell native wildflowers and herb plants as well as having the opportunity to help with wildflower displays and events. Over time, you may wish to take on more responsibility and a wider range of tasks that will help you with your personal development, if desired.

Areas of volunteer activity

Tasks may include any or all of the following:

Working in the wildflower nursery, plant sales area and wildflower display areas tasks may include:

    • Welcoming, advising and inspiring customers
    • Organisation and maintenance of the growing areas and plant sales
    • Preparing and despatching plant orders
    • Sales website administration –
    • Watering and daily nursery tasks
    • Sowing, potting on, propagation of wildflower and food plants
    • Planting and maintenance of wildflower display areas
    • Helping promote the site and nursery


In addition to:

  • Tool safety demonstration, delegation and demonstration of tasks and eventually being able to lead volunteer groups.
  • Positive and informative engagement with the public.
  • Working with volunteer groups to complete daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks

Desirable attributes and skills


  • Experience or keen interest in growing native wildflowers and herbs
  • An enthusiastic and organised approach to work, care and attention to detail
  • Able to facilitate/ oversee small groups of volunteers
  • A respect/care for tools and resources on site
  • Ability to listen, learn and take note with a view to becoming more autonomous
  • Being able to document your learning and successfully train up others, as required


Values of the Trust

  • Acknowledging the exceptional importance of wildlife and the natural environment to the health and sustainability of the planet’s climate and eco-systems
  • Promoting the crucial social and economic benefits provided by wildlife and the natural environment to the health and well-being of the human population
  • Maximising social inclusion by promoting opportunities for of all members of the community to take part in the Trust’s work and activities
  • Delivering the Trust’s objectives by working as far as possible through partnerships with other organisations and community groups
  • Promoting opportunities for volunteering, and developing the skills, interests and personal development of its volunteers
  • Taking pride in the Trust’s role as a community enterprise created by and responsible to its members
  • Fostering a culture of innovation, inspiration and creativeness in its own internal working to create a visionary and dynamic Trust
  • Demonstrating openness and transparency to all its external audiences, partners and customers operating at all times with total probity, supporting ethical trading, and minimising its own carbon footprint


Specific and in-depth training will be given to Placements as part of the personal development for their role and this will include the H&S Induction Training for volunteers.


Closing Date: 
Friday, 1 July, 2022 - 18:00
How to Apply: 

Please send a short letter out experience, and why you are interested in the role to
Shortlisted placements will be invited to an informal interview at Grow Wilder.


This role description reflects the hopes and intentions of the volunteer and the Trust, and is not contractually binding in any way on either party.

All volunteers are required to abide by the Trust's Policies, Procedures and other Key Documents as posted on the Trust Intranet and provided as part of the Volunteer Induction Pack.

Volunteers are entitled to receive support, a reference and advice on applying for posts if requested (as per Volunteer Procedures).

Contact Person: 
Grow Wilder Team
Contact Email: