About us – The National Trust of VictoriaNational Trust of Australia (Victoria) – Volunteers

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 Committee Member Opportunities

Current Volunteering Opportunities

See Como House transformed in a new exhibition that explores the role of the stylist.

Como Fashion Quarter is an immersive exhibition of style and design that unpacks the polish of fashion photography, exposing the invisible staging, production and process behind an image.

In this exhibition four artists each with a distinctive approach will transform a quarter of Como House, merging the National Trust Costume Collection with contemporary practice. 

We are seeking volunteers to assist the NTAV present this new exhibition to the public and who are able to commit one or two shifts a week for the duration of the exhibition. Reference letters for volunteer can be provided upon request.

What’s Involved

  • Dates: 6 April 2018 until 1 July 2018
  • Time: 9.30am – 4pm
  • Location: Como House and Gardens (Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra 3141 VIC)
  • Number of volunteers required: 5-10 per day
  • This is a great activity to get family and friends involved. Why not ask a friend to join with you.

Description of volunteer responsibility / activities:

  • Exhibition guides: welcome, assist & supervise visitors to the exhibition
  • Retail & Admissions: sell tickets & shop products to visitors; assist with queries and refreshments
  • Opportunities will exist for all exhibition volunteers to rotate positions and locations throughout Rippon Lea Mansion during the day. In this way all volunteers will be able to enjoy the exhibition and spend time with different members of their team.

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 at this event please contact volunteers@nattrust.com.au

We’re revitalising the much loved Polly Woodside by undertaking conservation works to the rigging and masts.

During 2017 and 2018, the Polly Woodside will be undergoing extensive conservation works to her masts and rigging. The purpose of this major project is to restore her to a sound and safe condition; repairing and refurbishing where possible and renewing where required.

Tusk Engineering, Ferdi Darley and the Polly Woodside Volunteer Association will be –

  • removing and replacing the rigging,
  • sanding, refinishing and replacing areas of the masts and
  • repainting or replacing associated elements like the blocks.

We are looking for short term and long term volunteers of any description to join us to help overhaul the rig. This includes learning traditional rigging skills and all aspects of stripping down, repainting, re-serving and re-rigging the lines.

Although Polly requires ongoing maintenance, right now, the large and urgent job is to complete this major overhaul.

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

Volunteer in 2018, new year, new challenge 

Are you interested in ship restoration?  Of course you are – so read on

An exciting opportunity exists to volunteer for Victoria’s only unique maritime heritage sailing vessel which also is the only recipient of ‘The World Ship Trust Maritime Heritage Award Medal in recognition of her restoration’ in the Southern Hemisphere.

Come and share in the satisfaction of working with a friendly team of Polly Woodside fanatics while meeting people from varied backgrounds with a common interest.

The Polly Woodside Volunteers look after all on-going maintenance, as well as the continuing restoration of the ship.

Work on the Polly is mainly maintenance at present, ranging from painting, working on ship’s boats, deck work, spars and rigging, canvas work (making new hatch-covers) so there are plenty of opportunities to learn many old skills which are rapidly disappearing.

Help the National Trust keep Polly Woodside looking great.

Orientation and training is 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.

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

Volunteer in 2018, 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 2018, new year, new challenge 

An exciting opportunity exists to volunteer for Australia’s premier heritage and conservation organisation. Guided by our experienced volunteers. Can you help us once a month?

• Contribute as a National Trust volunteer
• Supportive and friendly team
• Share the history of the three houses in South Melbourne that are among the last nineteenth century prefabricated iron buildings.

We are currently seeking energetic and motivated Volunteers:

  • Gardening Volunteers (Sunday only)
  • Customer Service/Tour Guide Volunteers (Sunday only)

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

Barwon Grange is an elegant early Victorian villa surviving alone from many fashionable mid-19th century river frontage residences built along the Barwon River. This unique residence overlooks the Barwon River in Newtown. The picturesque grounds offer a charming setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and functions.

Volunteering is a great way to be active, meet new people and gain experience.

We are looking for:

  • Conservation Volunteers
  • Guide Volunteers
  • Event Volunteers
  • Garden Volunteers

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

Join the volunteers of Endeavour Fern gully to maintain the property for the enjoyment of all visitors.  Help volunteers monitor flora and fauna so that we can record changes over time.

Why not get a group of work colleagues together and make a team building day of it.

It’s only with your support that The National Trust can look after some of Melbourne’s historic places. The National Trust is an independent non-profit organisation, supported by the community. Come along have a great time and support a fantastic community site.

volunteers meet on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, excluding January and Christmas,  9.00am – 11.30am, meet at ‘the shed’. Morning tea is often provided. 

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

If you are interested in volunteering please contact volunteers@nattrust.com.au or 03 9656 9840.

We want to be on the forefront of peoples minds when they are thinking of volunteering and not just traditional volunteering.
 
We have an opportunity for innovation and evolving a sustainable way to achieve our objectives and we need your help!
 
What we are looking to do is develop a range of professional resources using technology e.g.
  • Webinars
  • Blog post
  • Guidance material
  • Online modules
  • 1 hour lunch training session
What’s great about this medium is people can snack away while they hear and learn from the experts. Get re-energized with new ideas and find solutions to pressing problems, share solutions, control the timing or watch when they have time e.g recordings.
 
Training topics and skills we would love to include: 
  • Public speaking (Presenting with impact)
  • Time management
  • Mindfulness
  • Heritage gardening tips and tricks
  • Managing difficult transitions
  • Change Management
  • Lead and Manage Organisational/team change and or effectiveness
  • In the Office achieving organised and productive places
  • Assertiveness in the workplace
  • Building high performance teams
  • Business writing
  • Conflict and You
  • Contractor Safety Managment
  • Cultural Awareness – Chana
        • Japan
        • South Korean
  • Cyber Resilience Workshop
  • Day to Day Management and Supervision of staff and volunteers
  • Leadership and Management
  • Project Management
  • Effective Email Communication
  • Effective Meetings
  • Effective Performance – Related Discussions
  • Effective Communication
  • Emotional Inteligance
  •  How to have a Practical perspective
  • Excel Advanced
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Introduction to Lean Thinking
  • Conflict Management
  • Managing Mental Health
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Negotiating Effectively
  • Personality Types in the Workplace
  • Front Line Ambassador – training
  • Teambuilding
  • Telephone Techniques
  • Weathering the storm, managing your emotions in the workplace
  • Secrets of success
  • Personal Branding
  • 3 Career Limiting Mistakes
  • Working with Aggressive and Challenging behaviours
please email volunteers@nattrust.com.au or hradmin@nattrust.com.au
We are seeking a motivated Volunteer Retail & Reception Assistant to provide outstanding customer service at the Tasma Terrace Head Office.
In this position you will have the responsibility of the reception and retail store, so your previous experience as sales assistant or receptionist will be an advantage. You will be required to commit to 10am – 4pm one day per week, must have a willingness to learn and be part of a team, and a willingness to work within the National Trust of Australia (VIC) fundamental principles and mission. Your proven reliability and punctuality and a positive, can-do attitude will make you thrive. We are looking for volunteers who can make an ongoing commitment to their role each week.
Volunteer Duties include:
  • Welcoming all visitors to Tasma Terrace
  • Answering and directing phone calls
  • General shop/retail duties
  • Processing sales using the computer, POS system and EFTPOS machine
We are looking for volunteers with the following:
  • Customer service background
  • Well presented and friendly
  • Good phone manner
  • Experience in Reception, phones and some retail/computer experience ideal
Location:
Tasma Terrace
6 Parliament Place, East Melbourne

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 at this event please contact 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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