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Help the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to inspire the community to appreciate, conserve and celebrate its natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage.

Volunteers play a vital role at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The National Trust relies on the support of talented, hard-working and committed volunteers to support the operations and maintenance of properties and events across the state.

Without the significant contribution from our volunteers the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) would not be recognised as the premier heritage and conservation organisation.

The Trust is in regular need of committed volunteers to generously give their time, expertise and experience to assist with maintaining its many activities. A variety of roles are available including front of house staff, tour guides, gardeners, collections management and administration and marketing.

We promote diversity and practice equity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply

Download your Volunteer Enquiry Form Here

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The National Trust of Australia (VIC) Membership Department is seeking volunteers to assist with highlighting and promoting our membership benefits to the public at events.

What’s involved: 
Assisting the Membership manager in growing the number of National Trust members,
Sign up new members on the spot with our easy-to-use form
Educate others on the National Trust’s practices and offerings

Experience: 
We are seeking volunteers with excellent customer service and verbal communication skills. This is a great opportunity for volunteers looking to up-skill and build confidence.

Details: 
Next membership event: 21st April 2019 at Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick
Students and corporate volunteers welcome!
3-5 hour shifts are preferred

For more information about this volunteering opportunity please email volunteers@nattrust.com.au

To apply:
To volunteer with us we ask you to submit an online expression of interest to volunteers@nattrust.com.au.
As part of the application process, we will ask you to agree to register/sign up as a National Trust Volunteer.

Thank you for considering volunteering with us. We believe in inclusiveness, diversity and equality and are committed to ensuring that our workplaces are a reflection of that. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies.

We promote diversity and practice equity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

An exciting opportunity exists to volunteer for Australia’s premier heritage and conservation organisation. Guided by our experienced staff, you will join our team of volunteers.

We are seeking Volunteers to assist at Labassa in the following areas:

  • Tea room volunteers
  • House volunteers

Brief overview of Labassa:
Labassa is a stunning Victorian era mansion. Originally called ‘Sylliot Hill’, it was renamed ‘Ontario’ in the 1880s reflecting its new owner Alexander William Robertson’s Canadian heritage. Robertson was a founder of the Cobb and Co. coach company that successfully ran mail services throughout Victoria. He had the mansion redeveloped in the French Second Empire style by commissioning the German born architect, John A. B. Koch, to remodel the house into a thirty-five roomed mansion.

We are searching for volunteers to become apart of the volunteer team at Labassa. Assisting on Open days, once a month 3rd Sunday of each month.

Labassa’s friendly volunteer team operates all aspects of the tearoom including set up, table service, food preparation, drying dishes and general cleaning.

By volunteering in the house, volunteers provide customer service to our visitors and gain knowledge of Labassa’s history and architecture.

In return, you can extend your experience, learn new skills and enrich your life by becoming involved as a volunteer with the National Trust.

 

If you are interested in helping preserve our heritage please contact

volunteers@nattrust.com.au

Get involved in your community heritage in 2019!

We are seeking energetic and motivated volunteer guides to conduct combined tours of Government House and La Trobe’s Cottage undertaken by the National Trust on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12.15 pm. Rostering is flexible, we are ideally looking for someone to commit to one tour a fortnight/month.

 

About these wonderful places:

La Trobes Cottage, Melbourne

The original home of Victoria’s first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1839 to 1854.  La Trobe’s Cottage is now a vital part of Victoria’s history. The cottage was made from prefabricated materials brought from England to be the home of La Trobe, his wife Sophie and their children.

 

Government House, Melbourne

Is the office and official residence of the Governor of Victoria. The current Governor of Victoria is Her Excellency The Honourable Linda Dessau AM. The House is set next to the Royal Botanic Gardens and surrounded by Kings Domain in Melbourne. It was the official residence of the Governor-General of Australia from 1901 to 1930. It is the largest Government House in the former British Empire and is almost double the size of the Viceregal Lodge, the former residence of the Lords-Lieutenant of Ireland. Construction began in 1871 and was designed in the Victorian Period Italianate style, and is reminiscent of Queen Victoria’s summer residence on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House.

 

Whats Involved:

Help the National Trust conduct group and individual tours through the house and/or grounds. Interpret the contents of the houses and provide an interesting and accurate account of the social history to visitors. Training provided.

In return, you can extend your experience, learn new skills and enrich your life by becoming involved as a volunteer with the National Trust.

Any appointment of volunteering in this role requires a satisfactory Police Check and current Working with Children Check (WWCC).
If you are interested in these volunteering roles please contact volunteers@nattrust.com.au

Discover a gem in 2019!

The Federal Standard Printing Works at Chiltern was established in 1859 and was the major printing site for newspapers across North East Victoria. It is one of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper printeries remaining from the gold mining era.

The Federal Standard has original equipment including two printing presses, a linotype machine in working order and metal text and graphics in original type cases.

We are in need of volunteers to continue to keep the display open to the public. Anyone with previous history in the trade, or an interest in printing methods of the past would be very welcome to apply.

We promote diversity and practice equity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply

For more information on the the Federal Standard Printing Works at Chiltern click Here

To apply and for more information on volunteering, please contact volunteers@nattrust.com.au

Volunteer in 2019, new year, new challenge 

• Are you interested in our history and in supporting the National Trust?
• Once a week or fortnight could you make available, during school hours, about 90 minutes of your time?
• Would you enjoy joining a team of dedicated Mulberry Hill volunteers?
• and are you ready to train as a property tour guide?

In return, you can extend your experience, learn new skills and enrich your life by becoming involved as a volunteer with the National Trust.

If you are interested in helping preserve our heritage please contact volunteers@nattrust.com.au

Volunteer in 2019, new year, new challenge 

Constructed of local sandstone and timbers, Portarlington Mill is a significant example of the earliest mills.

After conversion for residential use in the twentieth century as flats for holiday makers the building was condemned in 1962 but saved from demolition when it was purchased by the Shire of Bellarine and presented to the National Trust.

We are searching for volunteers to become a part of the volunteer team at Portarlington Mill

  • Gardening Volunteers
  • Customer Service
  • Tour Guide Volunteers
  • Conservation
  • Help with events such as weddings & birthdays

In return, you can extend your experience, learn new skills and enrich your life by becoming involved as a volunteer with the National Trust.

If you are interested in helping preserve our heritage please contact volunteers@nattrust.com.au

We are looking for volunteer helpers to assist in running our fun history Discovering Our Heritage Program at the National Trust property, Barwon Grange, on the banks of the Barwon River in Newtown.

Join us in this fully immersive program where classroom size groups of school children dress up to tour the house, explore the garden and draw what they see and then play all the games that entertained inventive youngsters in the 1850s.

You will be among other volunteers, who will teach you how to manage small groups of children and give you notes so you can answer their inquisitive questions.

These are fun educational sessions run in a very informal manner with children eager to learn the history of this amazing property and to discover some of the aspects of what it was like growing up in early Geelong.

You will be added to a roster of other volunteers and called on, when required, to join these 2 1/2 hour sessions that occur on weekdays randomly throughout the school year. The volunteering commitment is not on a regular basis and is not overly time consuming.

For more information on volunteering and details of requirements for working with children registration required by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) please contact hradmin@nattrust.com.au

Get involved in your community heritage in 2019

Are you a Member of the National Trust and interested in becoming more actively involved in the work that we do? Why not join one of our volunteer Branch Committees, currently located at centres across Victoria.

As a Branch Committee Member you would have the opportunity to support and lead local advocacy campaigns, organise historical walking tours and events, and more generally raise awareness for heritage within your community.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is an equal opportunity employer. We promote diversity and practice equity.

Interested? Get in touch: volunteers@nattrust.com.au.

Corporate Volunteering

Get out of the office for a day or two and it can help your staff build better relationships, increase moral, productivity and reduce stress levels.

Businesses can partner up with The National Trust of Australia (VIC) in many ways:

  • Team volunteering days – such as a working bees at one of the National Trust sites
  • Staff can volunteer at one of our community events across Victoria
  • ‘Virtual’ volunteering time via work computers, including research
  • Support for skilled staff members to deliver projects or expand areas
  • A staff secondment program – for example a building company could offer its staff to help out with a community building or refurbishment
  • Group training and workshops – can you help teach our staff and volunteers new skills

We offer a range of one-day conservation activities for groups of 5 to 30 people, all supervised by our operations coordinators and assisted by our ongoing volunteers.

Find out more by emailing us at volunteers@nattrust.com.au

How to become a volunteer?

Signing up to be a volunteer is simple an easy!

Your application should include:

  •  A completed Volunteer Enquiry Form (please download above)
  •  Copy of your resume

You can submit these via post or email: volunteers@nattrust.com.au

or

People and Culture Department
The National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
Tasma Terrace
6 Parliament Pace
East Melbourne VIC 3002

For more information please contact the People and Culture Department on 03 9656 9840 or via volunteers@nattrust.com.au 

Internships

 

At The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) interns are an important part of the team.

Whether you sign on for a summer internship or during the academic year, you can work on critical projects, events, research and properties.

At the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) you’ll get a unique perspective on our process and those who lead it.

Our mission is to inspire the community to appreciate, conserve & celebrate its natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage. Achieving this requires great people who are passionate,  creative, and energetic, and who possess the following values:

  • Passion for innovation and Learning
  • Open and respectful with others and dedicated to making a difference
  • Willingness to take on challenges and see them through
  • Committed to personal excellence and self-improvement

Our values include:

  • Leadership and Inspiration,
  • Celebration and Inclusion,
  • Innovation and Learning,
  • Resourcefulness,
  • Trust and
  • Responsibility

At the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) there are many opportunities and we share knowledge, experience, and resources to help each other achieve our career and grow both professionally and personally.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Intern Program is a flexible program of up to 6 months, for students currently completing studies at an Australian or New Zealand University or Tafe respectively in either and undergraduate, diploma or post-graduate course. Interns may be studying one of many tertiary disciplines including marketing, economics, business, human resources, cultural heritage, museum studies, advocacy, social justice, arts etc 

We promote diversity and practice equity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

For further information or to apply, please email: volunteers@nattrust.com.au

All Internships for 2017 are currently full. Applications for 2018 will reopen in the 2nd half of this year. See above for Volunteering Opportunities.

 

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