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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

Volunteer in 2019, new year, new challenge 

• Are you interested in our history and in supporting the National Trust?
• Would you enjoy joining a team of dedicated McCrae Homestead volunteers?

We are needing enthusiastic for people to join our volunteer gardening team.

They meet every Wednesday from 10am – 4pm.

The homestead built in 1844 by lawyer Andrew McCrae and his artist wife Georgiana is a rare example of drop slab construction.  Georgiana’s great-great-great grandson sold it to the National Trust in 1970.

The Homestead is one of Victoria’s oldest, original existing houses, and was built on a large lease in the Port Phillip colony, Arthur’s Seat Run, comprising 33 square miles or 20,500 acres (8,296ha). The building was designed by Georgiana McCrae who was the illegitimate daughter of the 5th Duke of Gordon, a talented artist and dedicated diarist. The McCrae family were one of the first six pioneer families to establish properties on the Mornington Peninsula.

 

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Old Melbourne Gaol – Short-Term Volunteers wanted

With the holiday’s nearly upon us, 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 energetic and motivated volunteers, during the period 21st of September 2019 – 6th of October 2019:

  • To learn about and subsequently share knowledge of the Old Melbourne Gaol with the general public.
  • To provide customer service to our visitors.
  • To assist visitors with the Watch House experience and Former Magistrate’s Court, as directed by staff.

Volunteers especially needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & alt Sundays.

In return, you can extend your experience, learn new skills and enrich your life by becoming involved as a volunteer with the National Trust.
Information sessions will take place during mid-September.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTAV) is an independent, non-profit organisation supported by a large community base. We are Victoria’s premier heritage and conservation organisation and the major operator of historic properties and sites open to the public across Victoria.

If this sounds like you..(or someone you know), please get in touch for more information and please share this with your networks.

As part of the application process we will ask you to agree to register as a National Trust Volunteer. We will require a police check and a working with children’s check from volunteers – we can assist in you obtaining a check.

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.

This is an exciting opportunity to build and maintain relationships in the local community.

What’s Involved:

  • Welcome & assist visitors to the site
  • Retail sales
  • Talking to visitors about the history of the property
  • Providing support to the property manager
  • Processing orders
  • Having fun

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTAV) is a community – based, non-government organisation committed to promoting and conserving Australia’s heritage for future generations to enjoy. Founded in 1956, it has since grown to become Australia’s largest community based, heritage conservation organisation that works as an independent, privately funded, not-for-profit body. It is the premier heritage and conservation organisation in Victoria and the major operator of house museums and historic properties open to the public.

Apply today and become a part of the friendly Como house volunteer team tomorrow. We are seeking retail volunteers for all week days, particularly Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Friday’s.

As part of the application process we will ask you to agree to register 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’.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact [email protected]

EXCITING NEW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

The National Trust is excited to be opening to the public one of the oldest properties in the Port Fairy district. We are seeking keen and driven volunteers to help open up Mills Cottage to the public and share its unique local history.

Mills Cottage nestles in the historic town of Port Fairy and is one of the oldest buildings in the district. Captain John Mills resided here and is a significant figure to the district, working as the Harbour Master in Port Fairy from 1853 to 1871. Mills Cottage is further significant as it highlights various early building methods and materials, including containing some of the oldest standing timber.

We are looking for volunteers for areas such as tour guiding, welcoming visitors to the house and conservation.

Help the National Trust conduct group and individual guided tours. Interpret the contents of the house and provide an interesting and accurate account of the social history to visitors.

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

Join us at the magnificent Portable Iron Houses!

With gold discovered in Victoria in 1851 accommodation was needed for the many migrants flocking to the colony. Iron houses met that need.  Constructed in Britain, the houses were dismantled, every component labelled then packed into crates and shipped abroad to be reassembled in their new location.

Bell House, Patterson House & Abercrombie House are among the last pre-fabricated houses left and we are in need of volunteers to tell the stories of these houses

We are looking for volunteers to hep with:

  • Tour Guiding
  • Conservation
  • Customer Service

If this sounds like you..(or someone you know), please get in touch for more information and please share this with your networks.

As part of the application process we will ask you to agree to register 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.

If you are interested in these volunteering roles please contact [email protected]

 

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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 [email protected] 

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: [email protected]

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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