Please note: Volunteers must be 16 years of age or over due to Public Liability Insurance requirements

APPLY NOW! But please understand that the store will not be opening until January 2020 so at this stage we will be sending you through orientation and training and will have you starting your first shift in January, but need to ensure shifts are filled for the store to open! 

What to expect

If you are a devoted advocate of animal welfare and are passionate about helping our animals find their furever families - we want you! This is a new and exciting opportunity to promote our adoptable animals away from the shelter environment. As a RSPCA Sit, Drop, Shop Volunteer consultant, you will providing support and advice to those entering our store - whether they are looking to adopt, enrich the lives of their furry family members or want to be involved in our community. This role will suit someone that can build great rapport with others, as well as having an exceptional sense of people, animals and their behaviour.

What are the benefits?

  • Helping our animals find their furever homes
  • Time to interact with the animals in your care
  • Opportunity to gain skills in customer service, retail and merchandising
  • Being a valuable part of a great community

What are the tasks?

  • Opening and closing the store independently 
  • Greeting customers, directing them accordingly and providing support to those wishing to adopt or purchase products
  • Assessing the suitability of adoption applicants and educating them on the responsibilities of animal ownership
  • Managing customer and animal interactions, ensuring the safety of all parties
  • Undertaking the responsible care and management of animals in the store - ensuring the animal has access to enrichment opportunities, food, water and a clean environment
  • General cleaning of store
  • Sorting and pricing stock
  • Ensuring stock is displayed in an organised manner
  • Processing payments using a cash register and eftpos machine

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Being able to work independently without supervision - these stores are run solely by volunteers
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Willing to learn the RSPCA approach to handling animals
  • Confidence with animals
  • Outstanding customer service skills driven by empathy and understanding
  • Confidence in using computers and handling cash
  • Attention to detail and ability to to accurately follow instructions
  • Physically fit (able to lift 10kg) and ability to stand for long periods
  • Ability to obtain a blue card
  • Reliability with weekly shifts 

When can I volunteer?

Shifts available 

    • Monday-Saturday AM shift 8am-1:30pm 
    • Thursdays only - MID shift 1pm-5:30pm
    • Thursday only - PM shift 5pm-9pm
    • Monday-Saturday PM shift (excluding Thursdays) - 1pm-6pm 
    • Sunday AM shift 9am-1:30pm 
    • Sunday PM shift 1pm-4:30pm 
  • You will be required to attend an Orientation session, and a Sit Drop Shop training session (Combined)
  • We request a minimum commitment of 1 shift per week for 3 months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals.

Where can I volunteer?

  • This role is based at our Sit Drop Shop store at Strathpine Shopping Centre..
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 Volunteer Coordinator on 0400 165 132 or, or APPLY NOW below.