Volunteer

Our strength is in our people and many of our visitors’ final comments about their experience refer to how much they enjoyed the company of our staff.

Our visitors confirm that it is not only the trams, the mine tunnels or the Chinese artefacts that makes their experience memorable ... it is also the personal interactions with our people because they are so passionate, friendly and generous with their time.

If you would like to help us make memories for our visitors, join us and become part of the story!

Become part of Bendigo's story with us

Would you like to meet new people, show off your city and be part of Bendigo's nostalgic story? Then join our passionate team!

Click here to download our Volunteer Opportunities brochure.

All of our sites rely on volunteers to keep them up and running. The work of Bendigo Heritage Attractions could not be done without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Each of our sites have their own story and appeal to different interests, but the same sense of enthusiasm pervades at all of them and this is what quickly turns new volunteer recruits into passionate supporters.

We have the following volunteer positions available:

Bendigo Tramways Depot Workshop VolunteersBendigo Tramways:

  • TRAM DRIVER: Play a key role in delivering our Talking Tram tour, private charters and special events like The Blues Tram.
  • TRAM CONDUCTOR: Greet, direct and help visitors from all over the world whilst assisting the Tram Driver.
  • DEPOT & WORKSHOP TOUR GUIDES: Guide visitors through Australia's oldest operating tram depot.
  • TRAM RESTORATION: Keep Bendigo's history alive through the restoration of our heritage tram fleet and other refurbishment projects.
  • ARCHIVIST: We have hundreds of historical items and documents that need to be preserved and added to our online database.
  • GROUNDSKEEPER: Help us with yard work and light maintenance.
  • SANTA TRAM HELPER: Do you love bringing joy to children? Do you enjoy getting in character and being the life of the party? Then you'll get a kick out of being Santa's Helper and looking after families aboard the Santa Tram.

Central Deborah Gold Mine VolunteersCentral Deborah Gold Mine:

  • SURFACE TOUR GUIDE: Encourage visitors to explore the surface of the mine. Answer questions, demonstrate equipment, and assist underground mine tour guides with ‘kitting up’ groups.
  • UNDERGROUND MAINTENANCE: Assist with underground mining maintenance, including routine safety checks and upgrades.
  • MINE SURFACE MUSEUM MAINTENANCE: Get your hands dirty assisting with general maintenance of the mine’s surface museum displays, machinery and buildings.
  • ARCHIVIST: We have hundreds of historical items and documents that need to be preserved and added to our online database.
  • GROUNDSKEEPER: Help us with yard work and light maintenance.

Joss House VolunteersBendigo Joss House Temple:

  • JOSS HOUSE TEMPLE TOUR GUIDE AND RECEPTIONIST: Greet and guide visitors around the historic Joss House. Care for the sacred temple the way the Chinese caretakers would have over 100 years ago, helping to keep it presentable and comfortable for visitors. Assist visitors with purchasing keepsakes from the gift shop and sell tickets.

In the words of our current volunteers ...

“The Bendigo Joss House Temple is a great place to volunteer because it is literally living history. Being the oldest operating Chinese house of worship of traditional design left in the nation means it is truly something special.” – Mikelle, Volunteer Joss House Temple Tour Guide

"I’m always meeting really interesting and friendly people, and it’s great to see their eyes light up when I add a bit more detail to the history behind the tram ride that they are enjoying." – Frank, Volunteer Tram Driver

"Working as a conductor, I get to meet a lot of different people and enjoy telling them about our community, the trams and other tourist attractions around Bendigo." - Des, Volunteer Conductor

"I enjoy volunteering within the Tramways Archives Team because of the opportunity to combine social interaction with like-minded people, sharing my knowledge, and preserving our history." - Shirley, Volunteer Archivist

 

To find out more about becoming a volunteer at Bendigo Heritage Attractions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Van Dillen on (03) 4444 2826 or or click here to fill in an Expression of Interest form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.