ARCHE NOAH – looking for one volunteer to support in the seed bank

12 month volunteer in the ARCHE NOAH garden and seed archive possibly Euopean Solidarity Corps

The association ARCHE NOAH is holding a collection of 5500 accessions of different cultivated
plants, located in Schiltern, Austria. The biggest part of them is stored as seeds, bulbs or tubers,
which need to be regularly regenerated in our organic gardens. We are looking for a motivated
volunteer for one whole year, from 1st January to 31st December 2021.

What can you learn?

  • organic gardening with diverse and rare species
  • organic production of seedlings
  • seed bank management
  • practise in organic multiplication of many different species (hand pollination, use of pollinator
    insects, harvest, seed cleaning, drying and storage)
  • traditional and modern knowledge on the diversity of uses of cultivated plants
  • phytopathological problems in seed production (recognising them and counter measures)
  • socio-political background of the worldwide genetic erosion
  • a broad and substantial knowledge of species and varieties of cultivated plants
    Your Profile:
    • Interest in seed production and diversity in agriculture
    • Autonomous way of working, high motivation and diligence
    • Ability and will to work outside
    • Sound knowledge of English language
    • Preferably higher education (not necessarily a degree)
    Previous knowledge of agro biodiversity, community seed banks, or organic plant cultivation is
    helpful, but not a requirement. Interest, curiosity and joy in the diversity of all living things, especially
    cultivated plants as well as high motivation for connected administrative tasks, is more important to
    Working times are 38,5 hours per week. Working place: Schiltern bei Langenlois, Accomodation in
    a two bed or single room is provided by ARCHE NOAH. We are applying for funding from the
    European Solidarity Corps, we are waiting for the approval until 14th December 2020. The detailed
    terms may vary, depending if we receive funding:

ESC volunteering Regular volunteering

Covered costs Refunding of travel costs from place of
residence, board and lodging, public

Lodging, 40 € per week for board, Public
transport if necessary for the daily work

Pocket money 5 € / day
Additional Online language course, Meetings with

other ESC volunteers

One year membership of the association
Arche Noah including accident insurance
Application: Please send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae until December 10th to Interviews will be held online during the week 14th to 19th December