Batchelor area (posted 22/6/20)

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On-Site Caretakers – Batchelor Museum, BATCHELOR, NT – Year 2020

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. We are now looking for people from July to end September/October, (or part thereof) 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 and world famous “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 general store, beautiful Batchelor Oval with cricket pitch, many parks, monthly markets, Op-shop, Anglican and Seventh Day Adventist Churches, Butterfly Farm and Litchfield Motel with great restaurant. Batchelor is mostly flat, so great for cycling around.
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/café in the entry building, selling Museum souvenirs, gift lines from local artists, ice creams, drinks etc. However, the café will not be open this year, 2020.) The main requirements are keeping the two buildings of the museum clean, opening and closing the Museum, 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 there 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.
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, since its opening in 2012, it 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 email Jan Hills on jhills13@activ8.net.au. Also, check out the website on www.batchelormuseum.org.au and on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you.

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