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Operations Assistant


Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust


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The Dunedin Gasworks Museum is a small industrial history museum based on the site of New Zealand's oldest gasworks, in South Dunedin.
It is one of only three known preserved gasworks museums in the world, and is a significant local and world heritage site.

They have a magnificent collections of Victorian era steam pumping engines, which they sometimes run. On steaming days, you will be there to help their Boiler Operator make sure that everything is running smoothly.

As Operations Assistant you will:

  • Perform the main objective: to provide additional safety support to the main Boiler Operator
  • This role will require that you occasionally performing safety checks
  • With sufficient training, you could even progress to become a boiler operator and run the engines yourself!

Training and Skills:

  • Train as you go (all training, and an initial induction, is supplied by experienced staff - they'll show you what to do!)
  • Boiler awareness safety training

Benefits to Volunteers:

  • This would be ideal for students who want to acquire some work experience
  • You'll be playing your part in keeping an important aspect of NZ's heritage alive!
  • If you would like to learn more about boilers, steam engines or heritage engineering in general, this would be an ideal opportunity


  • Conscientious
  • Reliable
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to perform safety checks
  • Complete Boiler Awareness Safety Training

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • You will need to commit to one Sunday afternoon per month
  • Ideally, they would like volunteers to commit to at least a year

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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