Volunteering at Native ARC
Native ARC is a wildlife veterinary hospital and wildlife rehabilitation centre and as such is off-limits to the general public. Minimum exposure to human beings ensures that the animals in care recover more swiftly, suffer less stress and are less susceptible to human conditioning and dependence. Unlike zoos or wildlife parks (which are stocked with domesticated, permanent animals) wildlife rehabilitation centres generally offer a 'hands off' wildlife experience. Even though animal handling/interaction is very low, you will have the opportunity to help sick and injured wildlife return to the wild. This process is crucial for their long-term survival and a privilege to experience. We train all volunteers on site and you do not need to have previous experience working with animals. However, in order to volunteer you must be over 16 years of age and is recommended you have a current tetanus vaccination.
Please Note: There is a cost of $50.00 associated with becoming a volunteer which includes uniform, induction/training fees and name badge. $20.00 is paid prior to attending your volunteer Induction with the remaining $30.00 payable on your first shift.
If you are serious about joining the team at Native ARC and becoming a volunteer, you can begin the application process.
To apply to be a Volunteer, simply complete a volunteer application form by clicking here.
In the application you will be required to nominate a volunteer position that you will be applying for: see below for a description of these positions available at our Centre.
Animal Care Volunteer
Native ARC's Animal Care volunteer program is for anyone interested in rehabilitating wildlife. Animal Care volunteers need to attend the Centre a minimum of one shift per fortnight (8.30am - 2.30pm, 2.30pm - 8.30pm, 10.30am - 2.30pm or 5.00pm - 8.30pm). Volunteers will work in the Rehabilitation stages of the Centre under the guidance of the Rehabilitation Coordinator and/or an experienced volunteer and are responsible for the following tasks:
- Preparing food for a variety of animals.
- Cleaning cages, vivariums, aviaries or other housing facilities.
- Washing dishes, laundry, perches and equipment.
- Sweeping, mopping of centre facilities.
- Weighing animals.
- Assistance with handling large animals.
- Record keeping.
- Husbandry and enrichment maintenance.
- Transporting animals to and from zoos or other wildlife organisations.
Native ARC's Gardening volunteering program is for anyone with a passion for wildlife and the environment and enjoys working outdoors. Gardening volunteers are responsible for maintaining Native ARC’s grounds, gardens and facilities. Gardening volunteers need to attend the Centre a minimum of 2 hours per week.
Native ARC's Reception volunteering program is for anyone with a passion for wildlife and the environment and working with people. Reception volunteers are responsible for answering all incoming calls to the hospital, processing new patient admissions and undertake administrative duties as needed. Reception volunteers need to attend the Centre a minimum of one shift per week (8.30am - 1.45pm, 1.45pm - 7.00pm).
FOOD PREPARATION Volunteer
Native ARC's Food Preparation volunteering program is for anyone with a passion for wildlife and the environment but may not necessarily want to work directly with wildlife/animals. Food Preparation volunteers are responsible for preparing all meals for the 300-400 animals on-site at any given time and need to attend the Centre a minimum of one shift per fortnight (10.30am - 2.30pm).