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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 five positions.

Visitor Services Staff

Visitor Services Staff welcome visitors to Cockatoo Island and North Head Sanctuary, Manly. Volunteers provide visitors with maps, information, audio tours, directions and merchandise and help visitors decide how to maximise the time they have available. Volunteers are sought for Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays and are generally rostered once per fortnight. If you are a “people person” and want to share these sites with visitors we would love to hear from you.

Cockatoo Island Gardeners

This team of dedicated volunteers has taken the Cockatoo Island gardens from their neglected and overgrown state to beautiful ornamental and native gardens. Duties include ongoing weeding, pruning and watering as well as deciding on and planting new plants and shrubs in concert with the Harbour Trust Environmental Officer. The team meets fortnightly on Thursday mornings. If you would love to tend gardens in the middle of Sydney Harbour and have horticulture skills or simply a green thumb we would love to hear from you.       

Headland Park Gardeners

Our volunteer gardeners have transformed the gardens at Middle Head into a native and tropical oasis as an homage to the site’s former use as the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA). Duties of gardeners include ongoing weeding, pruning and watering as well as deciding on and planting new plants and shrubs in concert with the Harbour Trust Environmental Officer. The team meets weekly on Thursday mornings. Volunteers must be fit enough to conduct general gardening duties. If you would love to tend gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour and have horticulture skills or simply a green thumb we would love to hear from you.

North Head Restoration Workers

North Head Restoration workers restore the military infrastructure of North Fort including underground tunnels and former military equipment. The team’s work has enabled visitors to experience what life was like for the soldiers of North Fort. The team is also restoring a cannon dating back to the late 1700s. Skilled volunteers with a trade background are sought to join this dynamic team on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Volunteers must be fit enough to conduct workshop duties and be prepared to attend a General Construction Induction (white card) course.

Cockatoo Island Restoration Workers

Cockatoo Island's Restoration Team has been responsible for the restoration of significant Cockatoo Island Shipyard equipment including electric and steam cranes, and building infrastructure. The team has restored these cranes back to working order and is now working on the next steam crane in the Docks Precinct. These mighty cranes were once the backbone of the Dock operation and are being preserved for future generations. The team is also restoring a wooden boat, the Captain’s tender from HMAS Sydney. Skilled volunteers, particularly welders and shipwrights are sought to join this dynamic team on Mondays. Volunteers must be fit enough to conduct workshop duties and be prepared to attend a General Construction Induction (white card) course.

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.

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