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

 

Register your interest here

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Position title: Volunteer Host
  • Location: Portable Iron Houses, South Melbourne
  • Start Date: 30th May
  • Hours required per month: 3 hours on the first Sunday of the month.

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) are seeking hosts to help out at our unique property Portable Houses. Each of the three houses are unique and have different stories to tell. Our visitors can be self-guided, and use the information provided on the walls or ask questions of the volunteers. 

Now is your chance to join our passionate team of volunteers and enjoy being part of a team looking after an interesting and little-known piece of Melbourne’s Heritage. 

Volunteer activities could include: 

  • Contribute as a National Trust volunteer towards achieving our mission through participation as a Volunteer .  
  • Inspire the community to appreciate, conserve and celebrate its built, natural and cultural heritage 
  • Encourage NTAV membership  
  • Interact with visitors- answering questions and chatting
    about the history of these rare houses 
  • Light Dusting and Set up duties  
  • Responsible for counting and managing visitors in house during emergency – getting to evacuation point.  
  •  Answer questions from the public, escalating to property manager if required. 

Knowledge and Skills required :  

  • Interest in history or cultural heritage, or a desire to learn more. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  
  • Willingness to learn the history of the houses.  

Volunteer Benefits include  

  • Face to face interaction  
  • Make new friends 
  • Contribute to preserving Melbourne history/heritage 

Training and skill development in: 

  • National Trust general induction for all volunteers.  
  • Site Induction by Property Manager  
  • Other training as determined by the Property Manager  
  • Provision of detailed historical notes, relevant research and information 

You will be one of a team of experienced volunteers. The National Trust is a not for profit organisation that aims to conserve Australia’s history and heritage for present and future generations. 

Volunteers can be provided with a letter of reference. 

As part of the application process, we will ask you to agree to register as a National Trust Volunteer. Orientation and training are provided. Volunteers are required to have a current Working with Children’s Card (free for volunteers). 

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

 

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. 

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.

Are you passionate about preserving our cultural heritage and advocating for its importance in our community? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to make a meaningful impact as part of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)’s (NTAV) Membership Ambassador Team!

At NTAV, our members are the lifeblood of our organisation, supporting our efforts in preserving and promoting the rich heritage of Victoria. To further enhance our membership program and engage with the public, we are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join our Membership Ambassador Team.

What is Involved:

As a Membership Ambassador, you will have the unique opportunity to represent NTAV at major events and busy open days across various sites. Your primary responsibility will be to engage with visitors and educate them about the benefits of NTAV membership, with the ultimate goal of converting them into dedicated members.

What’s more, you’ll receive comprehensive training and mentorship from our experienced Membership Manager, John. Whether you have a background in sales or not, we welcome individuals who are comfortable striking up conversations and passionate about sharing the importance of our membership program.

Volunteering with NTAV’s Membership Ambassador Team offers a flexible and rewarding experience. You can choose to be based at one location or travel to different metro sites throughout the year. You will volunteer in groups of 3-4, as it fosters collaboration and enhances the effectiveness of our outreach efforts. We would also like to visit busy regional events when the opportunity arises.

Our ideal volunteers are available primarily on weekends, specifically Saturdays and Sundays during midday hours (approximately 11 am to 2 pm). This schedule allows for maximum engagement with property visitors during peak times.

Joining the Membership Ambassador Team is not only an opportunity to contribute to the preservation of Victoria’s heritage but also a chance to develop valuable skills, connect with like-minded individuals, and make a tangible difference in our community.

If you’re ready to embark on this exciting journey with us and become an advocate for NTAV’s mission, we invite you to apply to join our Membership Ambassador Team today. Together, we can work towards a future where our cultural heritage is cherished and celebrated by all.

Some further details about what is involved:

  • Saturday and Sunday shifts available.
  • 3 to 4 hours shifts
  • Will be volunteering in a team
  • Willing to speak to members of the public

Sound like you?

To express your interest or learn more about this volunteer opportunity please register your interest using the form above or contact us at 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 helping the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The National Trust is built on the power of the community. Volunteering with the National Trust of Australia (Vic) will be subject to a satisfactory Police Records check and/or Working with Children check.

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

Company:

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.

About the property:

Established in the 1850s, Gulf Station was farmed for nearly 100 years by the Bell family. Scottish settlers Agnes and William Bell were the first to lease the land upon which the property was established. From the 1850s to the 1950s, it supplied produce to gold miners of the district.

The National Trust acquired stewardship of the property in 1976, and has restored its buildings and cottage garden.

What’s involved in volunteering?

The National Trust is search for volunteers in a variety of different capacities:

  • Gardeners – Duties include general gardening in the historic cottage/kitchen garden and orchard.
    • Every Thursday, 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Grounds Maintenance – Duties include general grounds maintenance of managing large open agricultural space, mowing, and timber fence repairs for example.
    • Every Thursday, 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Tour Guides – Duties include welcoming guests to the property and telling the story of the Bell family and the workings of this historic station.
    • Every Thursday, 9:00am to 2:00pm, and hold open days on the first Thursday of every month

 

Sound like you?

To volunteer with us we ask you to submit an online expression of interest to hradmin@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 helping the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The National Trust is built on the power of the community. Volunteering with the National Trust of Australia (Vic) will be subject to a satisfactory Police Records check and/or Working with Children check.

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

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

Our internship program is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page once the program has recommenced.

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