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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 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

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 2017, new year, new challenge  Mulberry Hill is an American Colonial style house, set on 29 acres surrounded by the beautiful countryside and Western Port. It was the home of artist Sir Daryl Lindsay and his wife Lady Joan.The Lindsay’s left their beloved Mulberry Hill, and its significant collection of Australian art, fine Georgian furniture and glassware, and Staffordshire ceramics – to the National Trust of Australia so that others could share and enjoy the collection.

We are currently seeking energetic and motivated Volunteers to help us look after Mulberry Hill:

  • Gardening Volunteers
  • Conservation and cleaning Volunteers
  • Tour Guide Volunteers
  • Event Volunteers
  • Exhibitions Volunteers

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 Mulberry Hill 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 

Gulf Station began in the 1840’s as part of a 25,000 acre run known as the Gulf . The Bell family began their lives here in the late 1840’s and the homestead and outbuildings are a part of the legacy that the family has left behind for the public to explore and enjoy. The Trust is expanding the activities onsite to be able to welcome the public back to the property.

We are currently seeking energetic and motivated Volunteers:

  • Gardening Volunteers
  • Customer Service
  • Tour Guide Volunteers

Orientation and training is provided and a regular commitment of at least a half day a fortnight,

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 

The National Trust is seeking enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy being outdoors and in the garden. You will volunteer for the National Trusts team of Gardeners at Rippon Lea, who maintain some of the finest and most significant gardens in the state.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who loves gardening, this is a great way to contribute to the National Trust and to the happiness of all who enjoy the gardens!

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.

The National Trust is built on the power of the community. We are seeking volunteer photographers to capture images of our properties & fundraising events to be able to share with the community.

The Natural Trust of Australia (Victoria) 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 historic properties open to the public.

Photography students and photographers

We would love to have some photos or short clips taken of each event, properties, advocacy, our people and collections. Ideally we will have multiple photographers so that we can best suit your floating schedule. We know you are passionate about Heritage, and will love providing these images to promote our campaign and inspire others to get involved. You’ll need to have your own gear that you are comfortable bringing with you. You’ll be sending through images (preferably in both RAW and JPG) without any watermarks and are happy to allow all  images to be used by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

You’ll be able to use the images in your portfolio but would hand over rights of the images to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) for use.

You’ll get to meet new people, visit beautiful places and create new relationships within the non-profit, heritage and fundraising industry.

You’ll be directly responsible for helping us show off the amazing lengths our people go to look after our special places.

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 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’

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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