Co-op Helpers Program



Would you like to become a volunteer at the Harbour Co-op?

Drop in or give us a ring or email to enquire about a role from the list below and way you go…one the of family!

Plus it’s always more fun to work with friends and it’s an opportunity for Owners and the greater community to contribute to the daily running of the shop. 1-2 hour shifts are most productive, though basically any amount of time, no matter how small is helpful. 

There are always little things to do behind the scenes to make the shop run smoothly.  Things like packing of bulk items, stocking shelves, filling up bulk bins and containers, cleaning or research new products.  Do you have other skills such as marketing/ IT / admin etc, please let us know. 

A regular weekly time is a big benefit to the consistence of the business and the customers. You can talk over a time and day that you suits you and the co-op with the Store Manager. contact 

For every 15 minutes you work in the shop, you’ll receive a stamp on a card.  Once you have 8 stamps you receive 15% off your next purchase up to $250.  So basically for every 2hrs, you receive a great discount.


Good time volunteer. Here are some specific days and times for help….

·       Mon – Fri…11 am - 1pm  Help set up the shop and unpack deliveries.

·        Monday… Orders ; fruit & veg delivery, clear out crates & boxes.

·        Tuesday…12– 2 pm clean store, rubbish, tidy store room.

·        Wednesday… 2-6 pm to refill bulk containers and jars.

·        Thursday... Free Flow - get random jobs done, see job board.

·        Friday… Stock up store for market; snack mixes and mix up muesli

·        Saturdays…2-4 pm to help clean up and tidy store from the market.

·        Sundays…1-5 pm topping up shelves, clean shop utensils.


Below are some of the key roles we are looking for involvement in.

Board members We currently have 6 board members however with 2 overseas and only 1 living in Lyttelton we need more local hands on Directors….1 meeting per month plus negotiable additional responsibilities.

Shop volunteers – Store assistant to help the day to day running of the store….2 or more hours per week.  We are seeking people for each day of the week.

Retail – Anyone with retail experience to provide advice to improve our customer experience… One off or ongoing – as available.

Induction team  – We’re looking for experienced Co-op’ers who would feel comfortable running induction sessions for our new members. Each one would involve a tour of the Co-op plus an explanation of how we operate, and how to use the shop.

Volunteer Support – Our growing band of volunteers need someone to help organise them…. Co-ordinating volunteer roster. Hours to be confirmed.

Baking – If you love baking or making raw desserts this job is for you. We’re looking for some ace bakers to prepare some baked and raw snacks for us to sell at the store. You’ll get use of our kitchen and the choice of our whole range of products.

Cleaners –  A great way to earn energy points and help keep our co-op shiny and food safe. We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for health and a commitment to food safety to give the co-op a “deep clean”. 

Handy Person  – A handy person is often required for little odd jobs around the co-op – from fixing leeks to drilling holes. If you think you can help out please let us know.

Data Entry  –  If you are super reliable, have excellent attention to detail, are skilled in data entry and can confidently pick up and learn our POS system, then we want to hear from you! We are looking for a committed volunteer to input data. This role is central to co-op operations.

Buyers Club  Are you a great communicator and have a passion for organic products? We’re looking for volunteers to join our purchasing team to liaise with our suppliers and staff to ensure we have the optimal mix of products in store.

Marketing & Comms - Help us better communicate with customers, owners, and supporters (existing and potential)… Flexible. Ideally we would like a marketing/communications business to commit to supporting us.

IT - Troubleshooting with Totalpos, website maintenance, and computer issues.

Website Administrator  – Our website is in need of updating and maintenance. If you are an experienced web designer or have any fresh ideas please get on board!

Newsletter – Keen to develop your skills or improve ours, in email marketing, creating our e-news (with input and help from others!) and help inspire and connect with our members?

Content Contributors –  If you’re an avid writer and are keen to either share or build knowledge about our products, please get in touch. Your content contributions will be used newsletter, online & in store.

Product Research – We have some wonderful products here at the Co-op unfortunately our customers do not always know of the nutritional benefits of these items, or how best to use them. We are starting up a product research team to provide shoppers with general information and recipes for all of our products... Also to new product research, specialist and local products plus what are the trends of present.

Promo Team  – The Promo team is vital to drawing new and old members alike to the organic produce and communal atmosphere of the Co-op. If you have marketing experience, have some fun ideas to involve people, or just want to lend a hand we’re more than happy to have you on board.

Event person – The Harbour Co-op would like to have a presence at all sustainability, environmental, and food fairs and other events in the region intermittently. If you’d like to represent and promote the co-op at events such as these please let us know and we will contact you when they come up.

Community Weaver Someone to help us connect with and build networks within our community.

Legal   If you have legal experience we occasionally need some sound legal advice. If you feel as though you can provide this advice please let us know.

Accounting advice – If you are in any way qualified in accounting, particularly in the areas of auditing, tax, tracking, and you are willing to offer your help we will happily take it.

Finance – Anyone to provide support backup to our finance operations.

Grant writing We are hoping to apply for grants and other types of funding options, to help maintain the shop and get some projects off the ground. If you are experienced and or confident in grant writing we could really use your help!

Flyer drops –  As part of our marketing campaign we distribute Food Co-op flyers from time to time. 

Other… How else could you help us with your time?

Jump on board and help grow a community for the future of Food Sovereignty and People Power.