|VOLUNTEER PROFILE||LEVEL OF FITNESS|
|An animal-focused person willing to clean enclosures, rake and prepare food.||Moderate (physical work will be involved)|
Thank you for your interest in wanting to join our Wildlife Volunteer program. Please note that we open and close access to apply for this program throughout the year, as positions fill and then become vacant. If the program is currently closed, please check back again, as it will soon re-open.
The Wildlife Volunteer program involves working alongside our Wildlife Keepers on their daily rounds, assisting them with the care of animals in the Sanctuary collection, and within the Presentations Department (this team manages the daily shows that educate the public about wildlife and conservation).
The rounds that volunteers can work on include: mammals, birds, reptiles, Presentations, koalas, kangaroo paddock, sheep shearing show and wildlife enclosures maintenance. The range of mammals, birds and reptiles is extensive, and includes a huge variety of Australian native fauna such as wombats, dingoes, frogs and even stick insects!
The core daily tasks of the wildlife volunteers can involve food preparation, washing dishes, participating in feeding the animals, cleaning and assisting with refurbishing animal enclosures and assisting the keepers with other duties. Raking and sweeping is a substantial part of this role, so be prepared for a physical day. Most shifts are from 7.00 am – 4.00 pm, with some shorter shifts on certain rounds, and we are looking for volunteers to help out every day of the week.
Volunteer Application Process
Please read the below information before starting the online application process. Once you are familiar with the eligibility requirements, please complete our online application form. National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has partnered with the not-for-profit service Volunteering Gold Coast Inc. to assist with recruitment for this program.
- You must be aged over 18 years
- Able to walk distances, lift weights up to 10 kg, perform bending and other moderate physical activities
- We are looking for volunteers who can offer a twelve month commitment to the program
- We prefer candidates with previous experience in caring for, or working with animals. OR, you must be prepared and willing to learn and follow all instructions from the Keepers and have a desire to learn and perform all the duties involved
- Volunteers should understand they will be exposed to many animals, dust and vegetation. These may cause health concerns for those who suffer allergies
- Be willing to wear the volunteer uniform and comply with all program and company standards
- Have a strong commitment to punctuality and reliability
- You must have access to email communications
- Courteous and friendly people with a good sense of initiative and willingness to get your hands dirty are strongly encouraged to apply
INFORMATION SESSION WITH VOLUNTEERING GOLD COAST
You will be invited to attend an information session at one of Volunteering Gold Coast’s offices, located throughout the Gold Coast. They will discuss your interest and suitability for the role. Volunteering Gold Coast can also assist with many other volunteering options should the role at National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary not be a good match for you.
TRIAL SHIFT AT CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
If you are a good match for the role and we have a current vacancy, arrangements will be made for you to attend several trial shifts with a Wildlife Keeper, so you can learn about the role firsthand and be assessed on your suitability.
We ask for a contribution of $60.00 to cover the cost of a uniform shirt, hat and name badge, which are yours to keep. You will need to provide your own suitable footwear and trousers or shorts.
Placements within the wildlife volunteer program are limited and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that in order to protect both our animals and Sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.