We are a perfectly preserved steam train railway that’s been operating since 1900, capturing the spirit of the steam age in all its charming glory. Puffing Billy Railway has stood the test of time being preserved, restored and maintained by passionate people and championed by the local community. Volunteers put life into our living museum, supporting the smooth and safe running of the Railway in a range of unique and meaningful roles. Whether you are greeting visitors on the bustling platform or helping prepare the engine behind the scenes, you’re keeping our story alive.

We welcome volunteers who can offer specialist skills, as well as those looking to step outside their routine and learn something new. Prior qualifications are not required and role-specific training is provided. Our dedicated Volunteer Services team are always there to support you and we have a buddy system to help you learn from experienced volunteers.

If you’re ready to build lifelong friendships, contribute to the community and be part of living history – we'd love to have you on board! Come join the award-winning team of volunteers that have made Puffing Billy Railway the much-loved tourist attraction it is today.

Ready to Join Our Volunteer Crew?

The first step to becoming a Puffing Billy Railway volunteer is to submit an Expression of Interest.

Puffing Billy Railway is committed to providing positive experiences for children in an environment that’s caring, nurturing and safe.  We are proudly a Child Safe organisation and employ a range of screening practices as part of the selection process. All applicants require a Working With Children Check in hand prior to applying and will undergo a National Criminal History Check.

Please read the role descriptions and FAQs before proceeding to the applicant portal.

What's Next?

Once you have submitted an Expression of Interest a member of our Volunteer Service Team will be in touch within five business days to conduct a short phone interview and get to know more about your skills and interests. It is essential that all our volunteers have the language, literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to successfully participate as a safety ambassador for our visitors, passengers, and other Puffing Billy Railway team members. Through the telephone interview, you will have to demonstrate these core skills to progress to the next phase.

Next, you will be invited to attend a Volunteer Information Evening. These sessions are typicaly held every two months and may take place in person or via Zoom. They are an excellent way for you to find out more about the roles on offer and to meet some of our volunteers.

Suitable candidates will then progress to our Pathways Program, which provides an introduction to the Railway and our training pathways. This one-day program includes a behind the scenes tour.

During this stage of the application process, candidates will complete their mandatory compliance training modules. These are a series of online opportunities undertaken as eLearning and can be completed in the comfort of your own home.  

Candidates will undertake a Category 3 Rail Safety Worker Health Assessment. You can read more about health and fitness requirements in the volunteer FAQs. 

Puffing Billy Railway is proudly a Child Safe organisation and our selection process includes a range of screening processes.

All applicants will undergo a National Criminal History Check as the final step before commencing their volunteering journey with Puffing Billy Railway.

Puffing Billy Railway reserves the right to refuse any unsuitable applicants at any stage of the volunteer selection process.


Want to find out more about what roles are available as a volunteer of Puffing Billy Railway?
Join us for one of several online sessions coming up in 2022!

5.00pm - 6.00pm
Thursday 7 July 2022
Thursday 4 August 2022
Thursday 6 October 2022
Thursday 3 November 2022

Please contact volunteering@pbr.org.au for further information.

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Volunteering Roles

We have a number of volunteer roles where you can begin your volunteering journey immediately with minimal training. These entry level roles are a great way to familiarise yourself with the Railway and start on the training pathway for aspiring Conductors, Firemen, Steam Locomotive Drivers, and much more!

Our selection process includes an information session and the Puffing Billy Pathways Program which will introduce you to the diverse volunteer roles available with additional experience and training.

We are currently recruiting for the following entry-level volunteer roles:

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Our Volunteer Services Team

If you have any further questions or queries about Volunteering with Puffing Billy Railway, please contact our Volunteer Services Team.

The Emerald Tourist Railway Board (the ETRB), the operator of the Puffing Billy Railway, is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals’ Personal Information, Sensitive Information and Health Information that it may collect and hold. View our full privacy policy.

Phone: (03) 9757 0715

Fax: (03) 9757 0705

Email: volunteering@pbr.org.au

Mail: Volunteer Services Team, PO Box 451, Belgrave, 3160