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HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER ROLES 

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is located within the grounds of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Hospital fulfils two vital functions and is divided into two sections: 

  • One section of the hospital is the location of the veterinary practice which provides care for our varied collection of native and exotic birds, animals and reptiles that call Currumbin Sanctuary home. 
  • The second section of the hospital is the location which carries out the important tasks of treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife that are brought to the hospital by members of the public and wildlife care organisations. 

The Hospital relies on a team of volunteers to assist our team of dedicated Vets and Vet Nurses to carry out both these important functions and to assist with important research projects. You can engage in one of four different volunteer roles at the Wildlife Hospital. Please read the role summaries below and apply for the role that best suits your interests. 
 

Shift times:

Volunteers are expected to commit to a  weekly shift for a minimum of 6 months.  Shifts run 7 days a week at the following times:

Morning shift - 8am to 1pm 

Afternoon shift - 1pm to 5pm

 

hospital volunteer roles:

Reception Support Volunteer (ROLE CURRENTLY CLOSED)
Rehabilitation Support Volunteer (OPEN)
Wildlife Hospital Support Volunteer (OPEN)
Sanctuary Hospital Support Volunteer (OPEN)
 


RECEPTION SUPPORT volunteer (closed)


An indoor role assisting the Wildlife Hospital reception staff to admit injured wildlife patients.

What are the tasks?

  • Assisting staff with the admission of wildlife patients
  • Answering general phone enquiries
  • General hospital cleaning
  • General administration tasks such as scanning and filing
  • Phoning members of the public and wildlife carers to provide updates on animals
  • There is a small amount of animal handling when admitting patients

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • You will be comfortable speaking with members of the public.
  • You must be able to work in a busy, noisy, fast-paced environment dealing with injured animals.
  • Previous admin experience is highly desirable.
  • Good computer skills and an excellent phone manner are required.
  • Must be friendly and outgoing, calm and capable. 

 

REHABILITATION SUPPORT volunteer

An outdoor role assisting the veterinary nurses in duties involving rehabilitating long-term wildlife hospital patients.

What are the tasks?

  • Food preparation and washing dishes
  • Cleaning of outdoor enclosures
  • General hospital cleaning
  • Assisting in support activities regarding animal medication and feeding

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Must be able to work in a team as well as unsupervised
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be physically fit
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weathers

 

wildlife HOSPITAL SUPPORT volunteer

An indoor role assisting veterinary nurses care for sick and injured wildlife. Full training is provided.

What are the tasks?

  • Assisting in caring for hospitalised injured wildlife animals with duties such as:
  • Patient food preparation and washing of dishes
  • Cleaning of cages
  • General hospital cleaning
  • Assisting in support activities regarding animal medication and feeding.

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be physically fit
  • You will be willing to follow instructions, able to work in a team and work with minimum supervision.

 

Sanctuary hospital Support Volunteer

This is a varied and interesting indoor/undercover role where you will assist the Veterinary team that care for the animal collection that live within Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This includes both native wildlife and exotic animals. In this position, you will rotate each week across 3 different work areas and associated duties. This will include helping to educate our guests about the many ways to care for our wildlife and their environment as well as assisting with duties to provide support and care for hospitalised Sanctuary patients. Full training is provided.

What are the tasks?

  • Guest Interaction and Education - Located on the hospital back deck where guests can view veterinary procedures taking place, talking to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary guests:
    • Informing guests about animals being currently being treated in the hospital
    • Educate and inspire guests about how to care for injured wildlife and the many ways to prevent injuries 
    • Deliver information to guests about our many fundraising pathways which include ‘Walkway for Wildlife Pavers’, our ‘Tree to Me’ program and other fundraising options
    • General cleaning duties
  • Facility Support - Working within the Hospital laundry, and common areas:\
    • Sorting medical supply donations and restocking medical supplies
    • Performing laundry duties to ensure clean linen supplies for our hospital patients
    • General support tasks including pharmacy and facility cleaning duties
  • Hospital Support - Assisting in caring for hospitalised sanctuary animals with duties such as:
    • Patient food preparation and washing of dishes
    • Cleaning of enclosures
    • General hospital cleaning
       

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Must be friendly and outgoing
  • Must be willing to perform basic cleaning and laundry duties
  • Must be comfortable interacting with and educating Sanctuary guests
  • Must be prepared to share information about our important fundraising options
  • Must be willing to follow instructions, able to work in a team and work with minimum supervision.
     


All applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • You will be 18 years or older
  • Weekly reliability is considered to be an important aspect of this role
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum 6 month period
  • Access to email is essential 
  • Must not have allergies to animals, food (including nuts) or dust
  • Must be able to perform moderate bending and lifting activities
  • Must be aware they will be working with sick and injured animals, some of which will require euthanasia
  • After successful completion of trial shifts, a registration fee of $45 is payable to cover uniform cost
  • After successful completion of trial shifts, must attend a half-day induction course
  • Please be aware that staff cannot assist volunteers with TAFE assignments or sign off competencies for TAFE studies

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

ONLINE APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW AT VOLUNTEERING SERVICES AUSTRALIA

Once you have completed your online application, it will be forwarded to our recruitment partners at Volunteering Services Australia. Once your application is received they will phone you to arrange a time for you to attend an information session with them.

 

PHONE INTERVIEW WITH CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE HOSPITAL

Volunteer services will forward your information to the hospital volunteer manager, who will then arrange a time with you for an informal phone interview.  This will give us the opportunity to assess your suitability for the role and also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about volunteering with us.

TRIAL SHIFTS AT CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE HOSPITAL

If you meet our selection criteria, we will add you to our volunteer waiting list.  When a suitable position becomes available, we will invite you in to attend up to 3 trial shifts.  The trial shifts are carried out not only to find out if you are a good match for the role, but also for you to assess if you would like to volunteer in the program.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • We have limited positions available within the Wildlife Hospital volunteer program and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. 
  • Thank you for understanding that in order to protect our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into our volunteer programs.  
  • Note that we open and close access to our volunteer programs throughout the year. If your preferred role is currently closed, please check back again as it will soon re-open.
  • Please note that our volunteer programs are not open to international visitors.

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