Volunteering at MOTAT
MOTAT is supported by over 200 dedicated volunteers who are passionate about preserving Auckland's transport and technology heritage. Spread across the organisation, our volunteers have diverse skills ranging across conservation, restoration, customer service, exhibition hosting, research, engineering, and much more.
Types of Volunteer Roles
Collection Operations roles include, tramway, railway, steam and military operation, as well as print shop and bookbinding. Our collection operations teams are particularly busy during the weekend, 'Live Day's (third Sunday of the month), and our special festive events such as Christmas Lights. Due to the operational nature of these roles, priority is given to applicants who demonstrate a long term commitment to volunteering and a high level of enthusiasm during training.
Collection Projects roles include, telecoms, road transport, military, aviation, railway, tramway and industrial heritage workshop roles predominantly focussed on conservation, preservation and restoration of the collection. Working closely with their relative workshop supervisor and the Collections Hub, our collection projects teams ensure that our operational collection is up to working standard and that our displayed and stored collection is nicely preserved and taken care of for future generations. This is a very large portion of our volunteer team and we regularly take expressions of interest, particularly from those who have knowledge of older technologies and practical experience in a workshop.
Hosting roles include, general hosting, village hosting and handcraft demonstrations, and hosting our Aviation Display Hall visitors. The role of the host is to ensure our visitors have an outstanding experience in our exhibition spaces and around our site, they tell stories about our collection, and some even act as a guide for tour groups. No two days are ever the same for our volunteer hosts.
Other volunteer roles include, gardening, exhibitions content assistants, model railway hosting, admin assistants, and we occasionally have volunteering opportunities in our collections team.
How to Apply
If volunteering at MOTAT is something that interests you, please have a look through our current volunteering opportunities to the right of this page and apply online. If the role you are after is not advertised, please complete a general expression of interest online application and someone will be in contact with you shortly.
If online applications aren't your thing or if you would like to have a confidential chat, you can call one of our Volunteer Programme Coordinators on 09 953 2301 or 09 845 3712.
Railway Team Member
Join a group of train enthusiasts and assist in the operation and maintenance of our grand collection of locomotives here at MOTAT. Age is but a number and experience is not necessary as the team are happy to train up those who are keen and interested to be apart of 140 years of NZ rail history.Apply Now
Communications Team Member
We are on the hunt for experienced telecommunications experts who would like to come in to tinker and educate our visitors on the evolution of communication technology.Apply Now
Our Bookbinders deliver an informative, interactive and educational experience to all MOTAT customers to enhance their understanding and appreciation of bookbinding and book crafts.Apply Now
Expressions of Interest
Not sure where you would like to volunteer? Feel free to express interest via the link to our online application form, and we will get in touch with you during our next volunteer intake.