Volunteer with us

Would you like to join us
– as a volunteer?

We are an all volunteer organization.

We currently need more volunteers to fill vacancies in a variety of positions in the museum. Can you help by giving some of your valuable time? No matter what your skills are we should be able to find a worthwhile job for you to do. You could be involved in tram restoration or repairs, site maintenance, cleaning, recycling of waste materials, painting, electrical or mechanical duties, fund raising, administrative or secretarial duties or dealing with the public. The possibilities are endless.

And if you have a dream of learning to become a conductor and perhaps work towards becoming a driver, there’s a lot you can learn, especially about safe-working – we’re very proud of our safety record. However note there are a number of requirements that must be met to be a conductor (and then driver), not only is it a ‘customer facing’ role you will be expected to sell museum tickets the way they did in the days of old – using a change bag and ticket book, so you need to be able to give your passengers the correct change doing the sums in your head. No calculators allowed!

At present generally there are people working behind the scenes at the museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays, although we are only open to the public on Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays. You do not necessarily have to attend on the same day every week. It is up to you. The hours that you work can also be tailored to suit you. Naturally if you wish to be involved in operating the trams you have to undergo a training program, and you would need to be available on those days when we are open to the public. For those that may be interested, our ‘Safety Management System’ documentation, the ‘bible’ of our museum is on this web site. Check it out.

Why not make your first call to the recruiting hotline 9542 3604 where we can arrange an interview for you. Monday to Friday during business hours is best.

If dealing with the public isn’t your thing, there is still plenty of satisfying things you can lend your hand to, like…

Of all the work of our Museum, for sheer satisfaction of achieving, it’s hard to beat the pride taken by our trackwork team. It’s a job where you can learn as you go, or bring any previous handyman or even building experience with you and see your work, with your colleagues grow before your eyes. Whatever the task, you won’t be on your own. Another pair of hands is always welcome. Take the nearby picture of the team working on the track. The gentleman holding the air hose had switched to this task urgently from other work he had been doing. Had another pair of hands been available, the team’s productivity would have been better. New beginners might find they begin with light tasks which are still important. They soon find themselves progressing to many jobs, even on Day one.

Some jobs are easier than they might appear! On our track towards Sutherland, we’re putting in new timber sleepers. Some easy preliminary steps disconnects the old old sleepers from the metal track then clears the path alongside. Then some good sideways whacks with a sledgehammer and its moving! It might be a new skill and you’ll discover you’ve got muscles you didn’t know about but you’ll have the satisfaction of a short stretch of re-strengthened track that you’ve helped re-build.

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On the other hand, some of the work doesn’t involve heavy work but is still important. The chap welding is skilled at that task but for much of the time he needs an assistant to keep the work in position. You’ll be given whatever safety advice is needed, such as looking away from a welding flame. Safety is always a priority with our work, to each other as well as to ourselves. Saturdays are our main work day and people with a mechanical bent or even a trade in the area are always welcome in the workshops, where there is always something that needs doing. And in all this, every thing is governed by our Safety Management System.