Thinking of getting involved? We've answered your most frequently asked questions.

How have you made volunteering COVID safe?

We have COVID-19 Safety Plans in place at all of our properties in accordance with Government regulations and recommendations. Our staff and volunteers accept a strict Code of Practice and maintain escalated hygiene management protocols.

Where can I volunteer?

We are in regular need of volunteers across New South Wales, at our galleries, museums, gardens and bushland. We often have opportunities in the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Hunter, Yass, Goulburn, Dubbo, and Sydney, to name a few. For a list of all properties, visit nationaltrust.org.au/explore/places. We also have Branches across the state that need volunteers for their advocacy and fundraising work. If there isn’t a property near you, send us an email at volunteer@nationaltrust.com.au to find your nearest Branch.

How much time do I have to give?

There is no minimum time you must give. A typical shift is four hours and the days available will vary depending on the property opening times. We have a range of roles from full-time to one-off events, however a regular commitment is preferred. This can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Once you’ve expressed your interest in a role, we will call you to discuss your availability.

What age do I have to be?

Whether you’re in school, retired or somewhere in between, we welcome everyone, but the minimum age is 18 years old. In some cases, our properties will accept Duke of Edinburgh Award applications, however applications must be made direct to the property.

Many of our volunteer roles provide a great way to gain experience for your next job. We are happy to provide a reference after six months of consistent volunteering.

Will I receive training?

The level of training will vary depending on the role. You will be given all the training and support needed to make this an opportunity you will always enjoy.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Volunteering is a brilliant way to make new friends, work in amazing places and know that you’re helping a great cause. Volunteering is a great way to connect to your community, especially if you’ve just moved to a new town and want to meet like-minded people.

Volunteering is an opportunity to utilise your existing skills and develop new ones. A certificate to demonstrate work carried out for the National Trust is available on request to show future employers or further education providers.

In addition, you will receive free or discounted entry at National Trust properties throughout NSW, and associate membership after completion of 96-hours of volunteering over 12 months.

Many of our volunteers remain part of our community for several years. We have a long service awards scheme to recognise those that have given outstanding service.

Why does the National Trust need my support?

As a grassroots charity that receives no recurrent government funding, we rely on the generosity of our community and income generated through entry fees, donations and memberships. We need volunteers to help us celebrate our rich history, share our incredible stories, advocate for the protection of our natural, cultural and built heritage, or conserve our natural landscapes across New South Wales.

Do I have to be a member of the National Trust?

No. Many of our volunteers are not National Trust members although we’d love you to join and enjoy our many benefits.

Can groups apply to volunteer?

Yes, we offer volunteering for many different types of groups including corporate volunteering. Whatever you’re into, we encourage you  to apply. Email us at volunteer@nationaltrust.com.au to find out how your group can get involved.

How do I apply to volunteer?

Register your interest in volunteering by completing our online form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your interests and next steps.

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