Volunteering

Thank you for thinking of volunteering at the National Railway Museum.

Please be aware of the following age requirements:

Train operations, 457mm gauge and full size trains – 18 years of age minimum.

Non train operations roles – 16 years of age minimum.

For any person wishing to assist NRM under the age of 16 years, the following will apply;

The applicant’s parent must provide written evidence of the appointed supervisor or guardian. Only on a case by case basis, the applicant may be able to assist but only following a successful interview with the NRM Team Leader representative and in the presence of applicant’s parent or appointed supervisor or guardian. The applicant can assist on site, but only when that parent or appointed supervisor or guardian (who must possess a current WWCC and NPC) is also in attendance.

The NRM reserves the right not to accept any person as a volunteer (or assist) if NRM does not believe they will be suitable for any of the available roles.

All applicants and volunteers will be required to attend an interview, and if successful also attend an induction and provide NRM with an acceptable Working With Children Check, AND a National Police Certificate. These can be facilitated through the NRM at no cost.

Our volunteer vacancies are as follows:

Boiler attendant

Carpenter

Carriage builders

Cataloguer

Customer service staff

Data entry technician

Electrician

Fettler/Track worker

Guards/Conductors

Housekeeper/cleaner

Motor mechanic

Painters/Spray painters

Safety Officer

Toilet Cleaner

 

If you wish to volunteer, please contact our Curator and Business Manager, Gabby Sexton.

Volunteering hours at the National Railway Museum can be flexible, provided they fall between 7am and 4pm. As we are a daily operation, including weekends, some volunteer positions may involve weekend hours. Onsite training for roles is provided. Knowledge of trains and railways is not required to volunteer at the National Railway Museum.

   

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

The Volunteer of the Year Award is aimed to acknowledge the less visible, unsung heroes in our Museum who have, through their creativity, initiative, personal time or attainments, made a positive and demonstrable contribution to the National Railway Museum.

Nominations must be submitted by 30 September each year.

pdfNRM Volunteer of the Year Award Nomination Form

 

Volunteering - Boiler attendant

Role description - must hold a Boiler  Basic (BB) or Boiler Advanced (BA) Boiler certificate/qualification. Steam train firing/driving experience is desirable, but in-house training will be provided. Role involves driving the small steam trains (amusement devices) at the National Railway Museum and at the Semaphore and Fort Glanville Railway.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide and Semaphore Esplanade, Semaphore.

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times: Mainly weekends, some weekdays - 8am to 6pm

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail to Museum. Variable bus access to Semaphore.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park. Parking at Semaphore limited.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Carpenter

Role description - Experience in carpentry and/or cabinet work required. Workshop and tools provided. Tasks include creating infrastructure for displays, and general maintenance work.

Must be proficient in the safe use of wood working tools and machines.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Weekdays, flexible 8am to 5pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Carriage builder

Role description - Carriage building skills and experience are required for this role. Tasks include restoration work on historic railway carriages. Must be proficient in the safe use of wood working tools and machines.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Weekdays, flexible 8am to 5pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Cataloguer

Role description - Strong attention to detail required. Role involves researching and recording information about historic items, and photographing historic items, for the collection management system.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times: Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays - 8am to 4pm

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - Yes

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Customer service staff

Role description - Experience in retail work preferred. Role involves retail work, customer service, handling money and answering phones. Spots available every day except Wednesday.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am to 4:45pm.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Data entry technician

Role description - Must be competent with typing (reasonable speed and high accuracy). Role involves creating digital records for the collection from written records. Spots available every day except Tuesday. Site and task specific training.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times: Any day except Tuesday, 8am to 4pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings.

National Police Check - NRM will arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM will arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - Yes

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Electrician

Role description - Must have a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician and active registration as an electrician through Consumer and Business Services. Tasks include general electrical repair work and some new electrical installations.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Weekdays, flexible 8am to 5pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Fettler/track worker

Role description - Experience in railway track work required. Tasks include carrying out building and maintenance of railway tracks. Role involves heavy lifting.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Weekdays, flexible 8am to 5pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings. Weekends negotiable.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Guard/conductor

Role description - Experience in retail work preferred but not required. Conductors and guards assist with loading passengers onto train, handling the sale of tickets, and assisting the driver with physical work as required. Role is seasonal.

Location: Semaphore Esplanade, Semaphore.

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Seasonal during Semaphore Train running times (every Sunday & Public Holiday from October to April (inclusive), daily during school holidays in September and April, except Tuesdays and Thursdays, daily from 26th December to the end of January school holidays). 10am to 5pm each day.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Street parking may be available, but there are no guarantees.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Housekeeper/cleaner

Role description - Experience in cleaning preferred but not required. Tasks include cleaning of rolling stock and historic artefacts, as well as general cleaning of kitchens, toilets and offices. Physical work such as bending, vacuuming, sweeping and some light lifting is required. Requires attention to detail and care. Non-toxic cleaning.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Requirements: Person must be able to perform duties with a minimum of supervision. Self motivation and an interest in the cleaning role.

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Weekdays, flexible 7am to 5pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Motor mechanic

Role description - Must be a qualified diesel mechanic. Role involves maintaining the National Railway Museum's diesel and petrol amusement devices.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times: Weekdays, flexible 8am to 5pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings.

National Police Check - NRM will arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM will arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Painter/spray painter

Role description - Experience with painting and spray painting required, including correct WH&S requirements. Tasks include spray painting for locomotive and carriage restoration work, as well as other general maintenance painting around the site. Role is on an as-needs basis, not continuous weekly.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Project-based, as needed. Not continuous.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Safety officer

Role description - Experience in railway work health and safety management preferred. Role involves the following:

  • The person have experience in being a WHS Officer or equivalent experience in that role.
  • Needs to be computer literate so they can manage data bases etc. on the network. This includes using Word, Excel etc.
  • Update and replace WHS signs on items where necessary.
  • Update and replace MSDS information where necessary.
  • Maintain data bases such as Corrective Action, Risk Registers etc.
  • Document submissions to the Board to note new risks and risk score changes.
  • Assessment, documentation and management of risks.
  • Preparing risk analysis documents for up-coming events.
  • Monitoring of incident and injury reports, e-filing of emails and reports to the Board and preparing Bi-monthly reports to the Board.
  • Safety labelling under the Global Health Warning System.
  • Maintenance of hazardous substances register and Safety Data System.
  • Preparation and maintenance of SOP, workshop notices (5 year reviews).
  • Development of safety plans/ procedures.
  • Asbestos management, lead risk work, confined spaces.
  • Scanning and filing of machinery / maintenance manuals.
  • Other WHS related duties when necessary.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Weekdays, flexible 8am to 5pm with a minimum of four hours weekly. No evenings. Weekends negotiable.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or contact the Curator and Business Manager.

 

 

Volunteering - Toilet cleaner

Role description - Cleaning experiences if preferred for this role, but not required. Training will be provided if required. Tasks include cleaning one unit of visitor toilets - male, female, disabled and staff, in the main pavilion.

Location: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide

Position is compliant for Centrelink commitment

Days & times:  Weekdays - by negotiation Flexible 8am to 5pm with a minimum of six hours weekly - No evenings. It is preferred that the toilets are cleaned prior to 10am each day. Will take approximately two hours to clean all toilets each day.

National Police Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Working With Children Check - NRM can arrange free of charge.

Declaration of existing medical conditions is requested.

Public transport - Close access by bus & rail.

Street parking, and car park next to Museum but not owned by Museum - cannot guarantee spots. All day parking, 4 hour and 2 hour parking available in this park.

Wheelchair compatible task? - No

Please note interviews are held Monday to Friday.

Appointments - Phone 8341 1690 or email the Curator and Business Manager.

Visit the NRM

76 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide
South Australia  5015
Australia
Open Daily / 10am – 4:30pm

Adult

$17

Concession

$10

Child
5-15 yrs & with an adult

$7

Family
2 adults & up to 3 children

$40

  • Prices may vary for special events
  • EFTPOS is preferred payment method
  • Open from 12pm on ANZAC Day
  • Closed Christmas Day

Phone: 8341 1690

The National Railway Museum acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect the cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.

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