What to expect

Do you have creative flair and skills in writing?  Would you like to use your creative talents to help our animals be adopted?  This rewarding volunteer role is an opportunity for someone who likes working collaboratively in a close-knit team and is looking for an opportunity to learn and develop their creative writing skills.  You will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals, birds and reptiles in this role.

What are the benefits?

  • Opportunity to gain new skills or further experience in working with animals
  • The satisfaction of knowing your skills have helped an animal advertised for adoption to find a new home
  • Becoming part of a friendly new community

What are the tasks?

There are a multitude of things we can do to help promote our animals who are available for adoption – as part of this team you can choose to undertake tasks in one of the roles or across multiple roles, depending on your skills.  The various Creative Design volunteer roles generally work closely together as a team, combining their various talents to produce high-quality, professional profiles of animals in the shelter to increase their chances of being adopted.  Tasks include:

  • Liaising with the Call Centre Manager or working from the generated list, co-ordinate the photographing/videoing of these animals with the creative writer to produce creative, compelling profiles for each of the animals.
  • Collecting the animals to be photographed from their area on campus, and returning them when finished.
  • Spending time with animals awaiting adoption to understand their personalities, any special needs and what special characteristics they display
  • Setting up the environment for photographs or video using props etc as appropriate
  • Preparing the animal as required eg dressing in bandanna, t-shirt, tie etc
  • Encouraging the animals using basic training and positive reinforcement to capture them in an attractive pose
  • Editing profiles and adoptions summaries to upload onto RSPCA computers for display on the adopt-a-pet website

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • High levels of patience and a willingness to learn
  • Some animal handling experience an advantage
  • Current or previous pet owner who understands the types of things adoptive parents will want to know
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Self-directed with good time management skills
  • Empathy for animals
  • Understanding of the physical responsibilities of and reasons for pet ownership
  • Some knowledge of dog and cat breeds an advantage

Creative Writer skills and characteristics

  • Professional writing experience
  • Demonstrated clear and creative writing skills; a degree in Communications or similar an advantage
  • Ability to recognise ‘a good story’
  • Able to see that ‘something special’ in an animal that might win someone’s heart
  • Creating web content to a defined standard and within required deadlines that is not repetitive and which truly describes the key and compelling traits of the animal available for adoption

When can I volunteer?

  • Thursday 9am-1pm
  • We request a minimum commitment of 1 x four hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 months. Orientation and animal training will be required.

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 Coordinator on 3426 9903 or volunteering@rspcaqld.org.au, or APPLY NOW below.

*** Please upload your CV and a link to your Portfolio when applying for this position ***