• Location: Armidale, NSW
  • Job Type: Casual 10 hrs/week
  • Category: Maintenance and Gardening
  • Sectors: Arts, Culture, Heritage
  • Reports to: Facilities Manager

The National Trust NSW is the State’s largest community based conservation organisation. It operates a number of important museums and leased historic properties while also looking after a large collection of objects and archaeological artefacts. The Trust is committed to providing educational and cultural services that enhance public knowledge and protect our State’s special places.

Saumarez Homestead is a high profile property in the New England region. It operates with minimal support staff and a small group of volunteers. An exciting opportunity exists for a Property Officer to assist with the general maintenance of the grounds and house including mowing and general gardening duties, general handyperson work and minor house repairs, cleaning of amenities and removal of rubbish from site to ensure the Property is well presented at all times,

This is a casual position for 10 hours per week, some of which will be during the weekend. The days of working will depend on property activities and a high degree of flexibility is essential.

About the role

Reporting to the Facilities Manager, you will be responsible for


  • Cleaning windows and checking light bulbs are replaced, verandahs and courtyards swept and spider webs removed.
  • Removal of litter and rubbish from property
  • Stocks of cleaning products and bathroom supplies are replenished, including updating stock sheets and notifying office of supply requirements
  • Assisting the Visitor Experience Coordinator with set up and bump out of weekend or out of hour’s activities at the Property, including assisting with movement of outdoor furniture and equipment and clean up following the monthly Farmers Market, Functions or any Venue Hires on site.
  • Undertaking weekly cleaning of amenities or as required if on duty during a Venue Hire, Function, Public Holiday or Farmers Market.
  • Assisting with securing of premises as required if rostered on duty during a Venue Hire, Function, Public Holiday or Farmers Market.

Gardening duties

  • Ensuring the grass is regularly cut, the borders and paths maintained and pruning undertaken as required
  • Removing leaves and/or garden debris from paths and driveway including removing garden refuse from site or undertaking composting as appropriate
  • Maintaining the irrigation system
  • Ensuring tools and equipment are maintained and serviced according to the Maintenance Schedule
  • Establishing a regular schedule of planting, fertilizing, weeding and watering, in consultation with the Facilities Manager,
  • Assisting the Facilities Manager with any gardening or maintenance projects as directed

One of the main challenges the Property Officer is faced with is the need to schedule their duties around the activities that might be taking place within the house or garden. Flexibility, practicality and versatility are required to ensure that they don’t impact any visitor experience whilst allowing the house and garden to be presented to its best advantage.

About you

This is a multifaceted role that touches upon all aspects of the Property. You need to be organised with a desire to achieve your goals and an ability to turn your hand to a number of practical tasks. We’re looking for someone with a sunny and positive disposition who is equally happy working alone or with others.

Technically you need:

  • Relevant qualifications in a discipline related to the built environment such as building maintenance or landscaping or extensive experience within these industries
  • Accredited herbicide users training (Chemical Certification AQF3) or willingness to be trained
  • Mechanical aptitude and ability to use and maintain tools such as a brush cutter or backpack sprayers
  • Current First Aid Certificate (or willingness to gain)
  • Class C driver’s license
  • A Working With Children Check
  • An understanding of and commitment to the National Trust’s aims, objectives and workplace values, together with relevant policies and guidelines with particular regard for our Child Safe Child Friendly Policy and the principles of Equity & Diversity and WH&S.

You will be involved in the day-to-day business of maintaining a historic house with extensive gardens and out buildings and can expect to be busy. There is a manual handling component to this role so whilst we welcome mature candidates, you must have a degree of fitness to be able to undertake your expected duties to the standard required.

If you love working outdoors and have a passion for the environment or the protection of heritage, this is the role for you.

Download the full Property Officer job description

For any enquiries, please contact HR on 02 9258 0159 or email HR@nationaltrust.com.au

All applications should include a CV and covering letter addressing the Key Accountabilities in the Job Description.

Applications close COB Sunday 5 September 2021.