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Government House Sydney is currently recruiting new volunteer guides.

Government House Sydney is the home and workplace of the Governor of New South Wales. The building was completed in 1845 and is a rare example of the Gothic revival style in Sydney. The interiors have been beautifully restored and contain a rare collection of Australian mid-century colonial furniture.

The house is open to the public by guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tours are delivered by a team of casual guides and volunteer guides.

Details of the Volunteer Role

  • Volunteers are usually rostered on one day per month, for a 2.5 - 3 hour shift;
  • Volunteers greet visitors at the front door and lead guided tours of groups of up to 20 visitors through the State Rooms of the House;
  • Guided tours are delivered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays;
  • The House is also open on some public holidays for self-guided viewing with volunteers present in the State Rooms;
  • Volunteer meetings are held every 2nd month;
  • All training and relevant historical information are provided.

Requirements for the Volunteer Role

  • Volunteers are expected to uphold the high standards of presentation and inter-personal conduct required of those representing the Governor of New South Wales;
  • The ability to communicate easily, engage an audience and narrate history are essential;
  • Previous experience volunteering as a guide in an historical / museum environment would be an advantage;
  • Tertiary qualifications / further study in history or art are desirable;
  • Volunteers must have the physical ability to stand/walk for extended periods (up to 3 hours with breaks) in order to lead tours;
  • A working with children check is required.

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer position, please send a current resume and cover letter, addressing the above-mentioned requirements, to the following:

By mail:
Operations Coordinator
Government House Sydney
Macquarie Street

By email:

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