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Volunteer program

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From maintaining the heritage value and natural beauty of our places through to greeting visitors and delivering public programs, our volunteers plays a vital role in the Harbour Trust’s endeavours.

The dedication, passion and diverse expertise of Harbour Trust volunteers are of great benefit, bolstering our ability to serve the community.

We are focused on engaging, supporting and celebrating the members of our volunteer team by ensuring they enjoy meaningful work together with benefits, including flu shots, training, uniforms and opportunities to socialise.

Ongoing Volunteer roles include visitor services, speakers, administration assistance, heritage restoration, event assistants, tour guides, gardeners and more. If you’re fascinated by the history of Sydney Harbour or simply want to give back to the community, we invite you to consider our volunteer program.

Available roles

Our volunteer roles cater for different ages, skillsets and interests. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions...

Visitor services volunteer

We're seeking visitor services volunteers to help deliver a great visitor experience at Cockatoo Island. Successful candidates will welcome visitors, offer directions and historical information, sell merchandise and tour tickets, and promote current attractions. Volunteers are rostered in pairs and are stationed at our Cockatoo Island visitor centre, which operates daily. Volunteers are usually rostered one day per fortnight; however, this is negotiable. We particularly require volunteers to work weekends. If you are a “people person” – and have an interest in local history and wildlife – we'd love to hear from you. 

Volunteer tour guide (North Fort)

We are seeking volunteers to lead visitors on guided tours of North Fort – a remnant military complex at North Head Sanctuary in Manly (See: Defence of Sydney Tour). Strategically placed at the northern entrance to Sydney Harbour, the fort was part of a defence system that spanned 300km of coastline during World War II. An ideal candidate would have a keen interest in military history, a strong grasp of the subject matter and the confidence to take questions as they guide people to (and through) key landmarks including the heritage gun emplacements as will as the underground tunnel complex and Plotting Room.

Success stories

Our volunteers enable us to deliver benefits to the community, including tours and talks, and execute capital works such as restorations to heritage buildings and machinery. Read up on their successes and discover why our volunteers love working with us.


DigiTales (NEW)

Meet the famous, infamous and not-so-famous people linked with our places on Sydney Harbour...

Read informative and entertaining articles, written by our community of knowledgeable volunteers, acquainting you with notable and obscure historical figures including Bungaree, Lachlan Macquarie, Captain Thunderbolt, Charles Ormsby and more. 

Image caption: Governor Lachlan Macquarie, 1895, Portrait (pencil), National Library of Australia, PIC Drawer 7711 #U6798 NK3333 

650X550 Governor Lachlan Macquarie 1895 Portrait National Library Of Australia
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Harbour Trust volunteers can securely log into VicNet, our online volunteer portal, to view their roster and track their hours.
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