Batchelor area (posted 14/1/19)

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URGENT – On-Site Caretakers – Batchelor Museum, BATCHELOR, NT – 2019
We are looking for a couple who have their own accommodation i.e. caravan/motor home, and who would be interested in volunteering as “On-Site Caretakers” at the Batchelor Museum this year, 2019. The season is from 1 April to end September/October, depending on the weather. This is not a paid position. Your van site, power and water are free for you in the grounds of the Museum. There is also a bathroom, ‘fridge and small washing machine available.
Batchelor is at the gateway to the beautiful “Litchfield National Park” and is a very historic little town of approx. 400 people, 50/50 Aboriginal and non-aboriginal. Batchelor is only 100kms from Darwin. There is a wonderful community spirit in the town and always lots of fun activities going on. Lawn bowls, a swimming pool, general store, beautiful Batchelor Oval with cricket pitch, many parks, monthly markets, monthly Quiz Nights, Op-shop, Anglican and Seventh Day Adventist Churches, Butterfly Farm and Rum Jungle Tavern with karaoke weekly are some of the activities you could become involved in during your stay at the Museum. The more you give, the more you receive in Batchelor. You won’t want to leave!
We are interested in a neat and friendly couple who are active and enjoy meeting and talking with people, most of whom are travellers such as you. There is a small shop/cafe in the entry building, selling Museum souvenirs, gift lines from local artists, ice creams, drinks etc. The cafe is run by an independent person but there may be some hours of paid work available during the busy times. The main requirements are keeping the three buildings of the museum clean, opening and closing, and greeting visitors each day. Also, maintaining the museum grounds and driveways. Details of these activities will be forwarded upon application, with a run-sheet of a typical day. This is an easy and rewarding position for 2 people to share the day’s activities.
The Museum is open 7 days a week during the season and on request thereafter. Open hours are from 10am to 4pm. You would be required to be here 5 days per week, then 2 days off. This is flexible to suit different requirements. We are all volunteers, and as such, try to be flexible. We have a small yet dedicated group of Committee members and friends of the Museum who look after it on a regular basis to allow our valued Caretakers to enjoy their time off.
A keen interest in Australian history, in particular WWII would be great but not necessary. This is an opportunity to learn more about the Top End and the front line of our Australian WWII history; also the Rum Jungle Uranium Mine and the township of Batchelor in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. The Museum is fascinating and, whilst it has only been open since 2012, has been given great reviews and is on the “to do” list for the NT. It is constantly evolving, with new exhibits and information being added on a regular basis.
If you are interested in keeping the history alive and would like more information, please phone Jan Hills on 08 8976 7006 or mob: 0438 119 350. Preferably, email to: jhills13@activ8.net.au. Also, check out the website on www.batchelormuseum.org.au and see us on Facebook.

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