Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Newstead House! Their support and enthusiasm enables us to do what we do at Newstead House.
There is always plenty to do, experience and learn at our living museum, with its collections, public programming calendar, manicured gardens and research projects, no matter what your interests and skills.
Whether you can make a regular weekly commitment or prefer to help out every now and again, we welcome and value your involvement.
Our volunteers tell us that being a volunteer brings many benefits and that they gain as much from helping us as we gain from their help. Volunteering provides opportunities to develop and share knowledge, practical skills, talents and friendships. Many of our volunteers call us ‘their other home’.
In appreciation of the contributions our volunteers make, each volunteer receives:
- free entry for all Newstead House Volunteers
- discounts to specified events from the Newstead House Events program
- volunteers newsletter
- invitations to social outings, tours, talks and parties
We offer a number of opportunities and roles for volunteers, which draw on a diverse range of skills and qualities. However, these roles can be grouped into four main types: guiding, public speaking, supporting events and special projects.
FRONT OF HOUSE-RETAIL
Our volunteers at front of house are our hosts. They welcome visitors and encourage then to enjoy the special Newstead House merchandise found in our shop. The front of house volunteers also take turns to maintain watch over the house and are instrumental in opening and closing the property.
Our volunteer guides are our frontline storytellers and hosts. They welcome and guide visitors around the museum, sharing our stories and encouraging them to share their stories with us. It’s a role that requires direct contact with the public and suits people who are good talkers and listeners, and who feel comfortable and at ease with a wide range of people.
NEWSTEAD HOUSE SPEAKERS
Often the staff at Newstead house are asked to speak to a range of community groups such as Probus and View Clubs. Members of the Friends of Newstead have taken up the challenge over the years to help to raise awareness of our living museum, exhibitions, research and projects, and the importance of cultural heritage more generally in QLD. We are keen to develop this program. Speaker program guides need to be confident public speakers and comfortable mixing with people.
Volunteers can help us with a wide range of programs, events, tours and talks. The amount of time required and the type of help needed varies depending on the nature of each event. So in this role, you need to be flexible, enjoy working with a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds, and be ready to step in and help wherever needed.
For those who prefer a specific project rather than a weekly or monthly commitment, volunteers can work behind the scenes with our staff and guest experts on particular needs of the house and collection. This provides opportunities for volunteers to use or develop their skills in a diverse range of areas, such as collection care, exhibition development and research, administration, gardening and conservation.
Newstead House runs an innovative education program with K-2 class. We have a team of teachers that are part of the program but there are opportunities for volunteers to become involved. See the education page.
HOW TO APPLY
We invite you to become a volunteer of Newstead House. Please Download the NH_volunteerform and return to our office on volunteer (at) newsteadhouse.com.au
Each position description lists the specific skills and experience needed for that role, and the steps in the recruitment process. You will be asked to submit an application form and if shortlisted will be invited to attend an interview.
To register your interest or enquire about becoming a volunteer, please contact our volunteer manager – volunteer[at]newsteadhouse.com.au.
Volunteer Application Form: NH_volunteerform
Phone: 07 3216 1846