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Exciting Volunteering Opportunities

If you are interested in outdoor activities, working as a team with great people, building lifelong friendships, contributing to the community and being a part of living history, why not give our Volunteer Services Team a call on 03 9757 0715, and join the award-winning team of volunteers that make the Puffing Billy Railway the unique place that it is.

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Each of our Volunteer roles contribute to the smooth and safe running of the Railway. We have in-house training to teach you new skills and to give you a comfortable experience while attending each shift. Our Puffing Billy Pathways Program will introduce you to the Puffing Billy family and ask you to consider what role you would find most personally fulfilling. We have 22 Volunteer Roles to choose from, with 14 at ‘entry level’ where you can begin your volunteering journey immediately with minimal training and no prerequisites other than a great attitude and a smile.


Do you want to know what it means to be a volunteer at Puffing Billy? Have a read of the stories from some of our volunteers that have been involved with the railway from anywhere between 3-61 years.

Read Volunteer stories

A few possibilities include administration duties, parks and grounds maintenance or working in our Carriage Workshops! Perhaps you are interested in dealing directly with our visitors from near and far? You may like to consider a role as a Booking Clerk or a Conductor who deals with all the hustle and bustle of the platform.

We have a buddy system where you can learn from our existing team of volunteers, and our Management team are always there to support you in your journey of volunteering.

We sincerely appreciate all the efforts and time the volunteers put into our beautiful trains and the way you can personally contribute to the experience of our passengers.

Puffing Billy volunteer


How do I contribute to the Puffing Billy Railway?

To apply to become a Volunteer at Puffing Billy, complete the Volunteer Application Form and forward it to the Volunteer Services Team by mail to Volunteer Coordinator, PO Box 451, Belgrave, 3160 or by e-mail to volunteering@pbr.org.au

Download a PDF Volunteer Application Form today. Application Form

Upon receipt of your application to volunteer for the Railway, you will be invited to attend our Puffing Billy Pathways Program.

Through this program, you will be given an introduction to the Railway, a behind-the-scenes tour, information about the various volunteer roles, and an opportunity to meet like-minded souls who are giving back to their community through the generous support of volunteering. 

The Puffing BiIly Pathways Program is a two day commitment to training, and is conducted on the 3rd and 4th Friday of the month or on weekends by demand.

We are always looking for fresh volunteers to work weekdays and weekends. To find out more information, read about the various roles available below or contact our Volunteer Services Team on

Tel: (03) 9757 0715 (+61 3 9757 0715 Intl)

Fax: (03) 9757 0705 (+61 3 9757 0705 Intl)

Email: volunteering@pbr.org.au

It is a condition of volunteering at Puffing Billy Railway that all volunteers and staff have a valid Working-With-Children Check and a current CrimCheck. 


The Volunteer Services Team are always happy to welcome groups of volunteers to join us here at the Railway. Whether it be to build the comradery of your sporting team, team building exercises with your classmates, or a friendship group interested in the quaint atmosphere of our Railway.

Why not inquire about joining our Corporate Volunteer Program, if you have more than five people from your workplace interested. There does not have to be a specific reason to bring a team along, however, most come along simply to enjoy working on the Railway.