Volunteers At Native Arc
What do Volunteers do?
Volunteers at Native ARC do a variety of tasks which need to be carried out every day. All new volunteers will be assigned a mentor who will teach them important skills. Volunteers work with other volunteers and are given duties by a shift supervisor (senior volunteers who see out the general management of shifts and volunteers). Below are some duties which a supervisor may assign to you.
- Preparing food for a variety of animals.
- Cleaning cages, vivariums, aviaries or other housing facilities.
- Washing up of dishes, laundry, perches and equipment.
- Sweeping, mopping of centre facilities.
- Assistance with catches and releases.
- Assistance with handling large animals.
- Assistance with administering treatments by an experienced volunteer.
- Transporting animals to and from vets, zoos or other wildlife shelters.
Who can Volunteer?
All volunteers must be over 16 years of age and have a current tetanus vaccination. If you have a disibility or work injury and would like to volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator during office hours to discuss volunteering options.
How often do I have to Volunteer?
As you are a volunteer, you have the option to chose your hours. However, we do expect all volunteers to commit to a minimum of 5 hours a fortnight and to communicate with the Animal Care Coordinator as to which days they will be attending and for how long so that a roster can be implemented.
What do I have to wear?
Native ARC is surrounded by bushland and all volunteers will come into contact with animals at some stage. For these reasons, long pants and closed in shoes are a requirement for every shift. Uniforms are provided to all volunteers who have completed over 35 hours of volunteer work at the centre.
Do I have to work with animals if I Volunteer?
Even though we are an Animal Rehabilitation Centre, not all volunteers have physical interaction with animals. We require volunteers for maintenance and handy work, administration assistance and cleaning.
How do I become a Volunteer?
In order to become a Volunteer at Native ARC, you must first complete the online application process (Go to the 'Join Us' Page) which will enable us to contact you and give you details regarding volunteering.
Once we have reviewed your application, you will be invited to attend an Information Session. Once you have attended this session you will be invited to attend an Induction Session the following week. Once you have completed this session and completed the necessary paperwork you will be assigned your first shift.