What to expect

This rewarding volunteer role would suit applicants that love working with a variety of animals great and small.  In this diverse role you will have contact with livestock, pocket pets, poultry and domestic birds.  This section is also responsible for the care of cats recovering from ringworm and you may be asked to assist (this is not compulsory and PPE will be provided). It can be physically demanding and sometimes smelly, and you’ll be outside in winter and summer weather.  You might feel emotional about the animals you’re working with and may find this difficult, but ultimately the reward is that you’re making a huge, positive difference to their lives – and yours!

What are the benefits?

  • Great opportunity to learn about the care and health requirements of a variety of domestic animals
  • Opportunity to gain new skills and learn about the animal care industry
  • Becoming part of a friendly community
  • Knowing you are increasing the chances of animals finding their forever homes by creating a positive, relaxed, natural environment for them

What are the tasks?

  • The daily cleaning of a variety of animal enclosures from horse stables to bird cages and if needed ringworm cat condos
  • Maintaining Hygiene standards (if required, PPE will be provided)
  • Fulfilling animal husbandry and enrichment needs (no riding of horses)
  • Assisting with grooming and bathing of animals (including horses)
  • Offering positive companionship to animals in the Farmyard area
  • Appropriate removal of waste and restocking of section
  • Following RSPCA philosophy of positive reinforcement with all animal interactions

Please read the Essential Capabilities of an Animal Care Volunteer document for further information on the types of tasks you may be asked to do in an Animal Care Assistant role. 

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Knowledge of domestic and farmyard animals
  • Being able to work comfortably and independently with a variety of animals
  • Be physically fit and able to stand for long periods (able to lift 10kg)
  • Communication skills and able to work effectively within a team environment

When can I volunteer?

  • Shifts are 7.30am – 12.00pm and 12.00pm –  4.00pm Monday – Sunday (vacancies will vary)
  • Orientation and animal training will be provided.
  • We request a minimum commitment of 1 x four hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals.  

Where can I volunteer?

  • This role is based at our Wacol Animal Care Campus in Brisbane.  

PLEASE NOTE: As part of volunteering with us you will be required to purchase an RSPCA Volunteer T-shirt for $30. It is also a requirement that before handling animals at the RSPCA you have an up to date Tetanus vaccination.

For further information, please contact our Brisbane Volunteer Coordinators on 3426 9903 or volunteering@rspcaqld.org.auor APPLY NOW below.