Volunteering allows you to give back to the community, as well as earning a discount on your shop!

To become a volunteer, you must be a member. While Alfalfa House has a number of paid staff, we rely on considerable support from our network of committed member volunteers.Tasks within the shop include general refilling of produce in the store, assisting with the fruit and vegetable orders, cleaning, gardening and helping customers. We also require a range of specialist skills for our working groups and other roles. See the volunteers position list below for current requirements.

Volunteer discount

Volunteering two hours of your time earns members a 20% discount off the marked price of all goods (to be used in a single shop). If you are a regular volunteer contributing eight hours or more per month, you will shop with a 20% discount.

Volunteer inductions

Before being able to volunteer, you must attend an induction lasting 1 hour at Alfalfa House. The induction includes a guided tour of the shop and introduction to the policies and procedures and volunteer code of conduct.

Inductions are held on the following days:

  • The first Thursday of every month at 6.30 pm
  • The second Saturday of every month at 10:30 am
  • The last Saturday of every month at 10.30 am

No booking is required for our inductions, but please ensure you wear enclosed shoes to the induction.

Volunteer positions

Our volunteer roster is displayed on a whiteboard in the office of the co-op. We update the roster daily with our priority shifts, volunteer leave and available weekly positions.

We encourage all volunteers to commit to a 2 hour per a week time shot. Regularity is important as we rely on our volunteers for the daily running of the co-op. However, we understand that this may not be possible for everyone – if this is the case for you, please get in touch with us to discuss.

Regular Volunteer Shifts

Produce Shift 8:30-10:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • Assisting the produce coordinator to receive and unpack fresh produce when it gets delivered in the morning
  • Display fresh produce in the shop, pack and label fresh produce in the storeroom
  • Setting up veggie boxes (Wednesdays and Sundays)
Opening Shift 10:00-12:00 Tuesdays, 9:15-11:15 Saturdays and Sundays
    • Refilling shop shelves and containers
    • Cleaning shop jars and containers
    • Stock rotation
  • Labelling
Groceries Shift  9:30-11:30 Thursdays
  • Assisting the groceries coordinator to unpack, label and shelf groceries stock
  • Stock rotation
  • Container, Shelf and Jars refilling
Shop Shift  11:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00  Monday to Friday, 2:00-4:00 Saturdays and Sundays
  • Refilling shop shelves and containers
  • Cleaning shop jars and containers
  • Stock rotation
  • Labelling
  • Washing reusable bags
Closing Shift 6:00-7:15  Monday to Friday,  5:00-6:15 Monday to Friday
  • Cleaning of the shop before closing, this includes: sweeping, mopping, clearing bins, washing used scoops, tongs and funnels

Other Volunteer Shifts

Volunteer and new member Admin
  • Entering volunteer hours in the system
  • Volunteer hours reconciliation
  • Volunteer hours reports
  • Entering membership forms date in the system
General Admin
  • Helping the groceries coordinator and manager in tasks such as: labels, stock and costs analysis

Compost collection

  • Collecting organic waste from the shop and distributing for the use of compost in a number of community gardens in the area.

General garden maintenance


Washing of cleaning rags, tea towels, aprons, etc.

Recycling collection

  • Collection of cardboard boxes and transport to Tempe recycling centre
  • Collection of soft plastic and transport to REDcycle bins in Erskineville
Volunteer Roster update

Updating of the online volunteer roster

Social Media and marketing
  • Instagram and Facebook promotions and campaigns
  • Building of marketing and social media strategies
  • Photographing of new products, events, etc.
  • Maintenance of Alfalfa house website
  • Regular updating of the website
Window Cleaning
  • Regular cleaning of windows
Worm farming
  • Maintenance of garden worm farms
Events Organising
  • Liaising with workshop/discussion facilitators
  • Planning workshop and discussions
  • Promoting events on social media
  • Events logistics
If you have already been inducted and looking to commit to a shift, please come to the co-op, or contact us to talk to staff about putting your name on the board.