|VOLUNTEER PROFILE||LEVEL OF FITNESS|
|A people person, who will commit to a long term role at the sanctuary, has the ability to recall information and interact comfortably with visitors of all nationalities.||Average|
Are you a ‘customer care’ star? National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Park Volunteers play a key part of daily Sanctuary operations and in making our guests feel welcome. Park volunteers are stationed throughout the Sanctuary and are involved with greeting our guests of all nationalities, answering questions about our animals and attractions, helping guests to locate shows and facilities, and helping our guests to get the maximum enjoyment out of their day.
This is a fun and friendly role. If you love meeting and greeting people and you enjoy being the person to make someone’s day, this is a terrific role for you. You will need to have sturdy shoes and be of reasonable fitness, as walking around the park helping with guest enquiries is a major part of this Park Volunteer Program.
This program operates seven days a week, with volunteers particularly needed for weekend shifts. You will be required to work one shift per week, either in the morning from 7.30 am to 12.30 pm, or in the afternoon from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm. You will work as part of a team of four-to-ten Park Volunteers under the direction of a duty volunteer. In addition to your shifts in the park, there are other opportunities to assist the Sanctuary. We currently have over 120 Park Volunteers, who have an active social club, and are also involved in fundraising events for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
To be eligible you must be able to meet the following criteria:
- You must be aged over 18 years of age
- Offer a twelve-month commitment to the program
- Be able to stand for five-hour weekly shift with extensive walking
- Be able to work outdoors in all weather
- Volunteers should understand that they will be exposed to many animals, dust and vegetation. These may cause health concerns for those who suffer allergies
- Able to perform moderate physical activities
- Be comfortable working with mammals, reptiles and birds
- Be willing to wear the volunteer uniform and comply with program standards
- Be available to attend the entire training course, which is held over a five-week period each Wednesday (see the training dates below)
- Availability during weekends and school holiday periods is required
- You must have access to email communications
Please read the below information before starting the online application process. Once you are familiar with the requirements we expect of our volunteers, please complete the online application form.
Interview and Trial Period
Your online application will be forwarded to our recruitment partners at Volunteering Gold Coast. They will phone you to come in to their office to learn more about our program. If successful, you will then be invited to visit National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and meet with some of our current volunteers, who will give detailed information about the program and discuss your ability to fulfill the requirements of the role. We want to do our best to ensure you are successful in the role and enjoy your time volunteering with us. If you are successful, arrangements will be made for you to participate in a trial shift, so you can try out the role first hand before committing to the training program. If this works well, the next step is to complete the five-week park volunteer training course.
We ask for $80* to cover the cost of supplying a uniform shirt, name badge, hat and printed training and reference materials. These are yours to keep (excluding name badge). You will need to provide your own suitable footwear and trousers/ shorts. Many other perks and privileges apply when you join the NTAQ Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary team, upon successful completion of your training.
We require that Park Volunteers complete the full training course. The training course is designed to provide you with extensive information about our animals and facilities at the Sanctuary, allowing new Volunteers to confidently assist our visitors. The course is conducted from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm across 5 Wednesdays and does require the submission of some written work.
Places within the Park 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 complete the selection & training program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer programs. This suitability will be assessed over the training and probation period. If the decision is made by Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary that a trainee volunteer is not a good match for the requirements of the program within the first eight weeks, the course fee will be refunded in full upon return of hat, shirt and other materials issued.
Training courses for Park Volunteers 2016:
Intake Course 1: Each Weds. 17 February – 23 March 2016. Applications close: 3 February 2016
Intake Course 2: Each Weds. 18 May – 22 June 2016. Applications close: 4 May 2016
Intake Course 3: Each Weds, 17 August – 21 September 2016. Applications close: 3 August 2016
Intake Course 4: Each Weds, 2 November – 7 December 2016. Applications close: 19 October 2016
*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.