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Harbour Trust invites volunteers to join the team

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is inviting local residents to join the team of volunteers who help restore, enrich and share North Head Sanctuary by joining the Harbour Trust’s volunteer team, and is currently recruiting for Visitor centre, tour guide and restoration volunteers.

North Head Sanctuary comprises more than 80 buildings set in 72 hectares of natural bushland, and is uniquely managed by the Harbour Trust in recognition of its precious natural and environmental values.

“The Harbour Trust is supported by an incredible team of 250 volunteers who play an essential role in the work of the Harbour Trust and across our sites,” said Harbour Trust CEO, Mary Darwell. “Last financial year our volunteers contributed more than 29,000 hours of support,” she said.

“Volunteering at the Harbour Trust is a rewarding experience, providing the opportunity to work at extraordinary sites, such as North Head Sanctuary,” said Ms Darwell.

The Harbour Trust invites new volunteers to join at any time across all of its sites, and is currently seeking volunteers for the following roles at North Head Sanctuary:

North Head Sanctuary – Visitor Centre Volunteer: Based at the North Head Sanctuary Visitor Centre at North Fort, volunteers meet and greet visitors and help them to maximise their visit by assisting with historic information, directions, tours and attractions. The role particularly suits a people-person with an interest in the environmental or historic elements of the site. The visitor centre is open daily with a fortnightly or weekly commitment required from each volunteer. Volunteers are currently needed for Saturdays and Sundays.

North Head Sanctuary (North Fort) Tour Guide: Tour guides lead groups of up to 25 people through the military heritage of North Fort at North Head Sanctuary. The site has played an important role in the defence of Sydney and the still includes military infrastructure including gun emplacements and underground tunnels, accessed through tours only. Tours run every Sunday year round, and Saturdays during summer. Volunteer guides need to have some guiding experience, an interest in military history, be comfortable presenting to groups and an interest in sharing the history of this site with visitors.

North Head Restoration Volunteer: Restoration volunteers are currently restoring the military heritage of the North Fort site at North Head Sanctuary including underground WWII tunnels and gun emplacements. Future projects include the underground plotting room and observation posts. Engineering and trade skills including carpentry, fitting and turning are highly regarded but not essential. The team meets each Tuesday and Wednesdays. Volunteers must provide their own steel caped boots. Workshop facilities, tools and equipment are all provided. A Site Induction Certificate (white card) is essential and the training is provided.

Harbour Trust Volunteers all work within their own teams and are trained in their role, and also become part of the 250 strong Harbour Trust volunteer team, are given a uniform and enjoy social opportunities, information sessions and other benefits. The role would particularly suit a local to the area.

To apply visit http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/webform/apply or for more information contact the Harbour Trust Volunteer Manager on 8969 2112.

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