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 Volunteering Opportunities

Labassa is an outstanding Victorian era mansion with opulent architectural features. 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. Labassa’s busy tearoom makes a significant contribution to fundraising for the restoration of Labassa mansion.

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

Built in 1847, Como House & Garden in South Yarra is an intriguing mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture. This time-capsule of Melbourne aristocracy spans a century from the Gold Rush era through two World Wars. Como offers a glimpse into the privileged lifestyle of former owners, the Armytage family, who lived there for nearly a century.

We are currently seeking energetic and motivated Volunteers to help us look after and present Como to the Public

  • Retail and Customer Service
  • Gardening Volunteers
  • Tour Guide Volunteers
  • Event Volunteers (Seasonal)

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

Help keep Como 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

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

  • Contribute as a National Trust volunteer
  • Supportive and friendly team
  • Share the history of this former prison

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

The next Volunteer Induction/Information Session will be held in June.

If you are interested in helping preserve our heritage please contact volunteers@nattrust.com.au for more details on the information session.

Volunteer in 2017, 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 2017, 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 2017, 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

Volunteer in 2017, 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 apart 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

Volunteer in 2017, new year, new challenge 

Comprises many original shop fittings and pharmaceutical equipment, including that used to prepare medicines prior to the advent of modern dispensing. What was it like, being the only pharmacist for miles?

Help The National Trust promote and conserve Australia’s indigenous, natural and historic heritage through its advocacy work and its custodianship of Dows Pharmacy.

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

We are looking for:

  • Conservation Volunteers
  • Guide Volunteers
  • Retail 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

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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