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Wildlife HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER ROLES 

It takes a big heart and lots of dedication to be a super star volunteer here at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Our hospital relies on a strong team of volunteers to assist our dedicated Vets and Veterinary Nurses to carry out important functions and to assist with research projects.  Keen to learn more on how Volunteering looks?  
Here at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, we have SIX different Volunteer roles. Scroll down and read the positions below, choosing one best suited to your passion. 

  1. Hospital Reception Volunteer 
  2. Animal Rehabilitation Volunteer 
  3. Animal Hospital Volunteer 
  4. Hospital Facilities Volunteer
  5. Hospital Deck Liaison Volunteer
  6. Wildlife Ambulance Volunteer

We hope to welcome you to our Wildlife Hospital Volunteer Program sometime soon!

 

1. hospital reception volunteer roles:

An important support role for the Wildlife Hospital; being the first point of contact. This role is based at the front desk and assists with the admissions of injured wildlife.  Utilise your customer service flare, administrative skills and calm nature whilst representing our Hospital’s core values. 

What are the tasks?

  • Provide a friendly welcome whilst collaborating information for admission of wildlife patients
  • Answering phone enquiries from the public
  • Be familiar with the local area and have moderate knowledge of Australian native wildlife
  • Ensuring the reception area and retail sales area is well presented 
  • Uploading data, scanning and filing duties


Selection criteria:

  • Extremely friendly and personable
  • Able to confidently interact with locals, Visitors, Contractors
  • Display a calm nature amongst a noisy, fast-paced environment
  • Previous admin experience is highly desirable along with local area knowledge.
  • Good computer skills and an excellent phone disposition are required.

 

2. ANIMAL REHABILITATION VOLUNTEER

Be an essential part in the recovery of our Wildlife patients. Many patients take from 1-3 months in the Hospital’s outdoor rehabilitation facilities before successfully being released.  Play a rewarding role in assisting with this journey so an injured animal can be returned back to its own habitat.

What are the tasks?

  • Assisting Veterinary Nurses in rehabilitation activities
  • Clearing and cleaning of outdoor enclosures
  • Maintaining the enclosures as per wildlife requirements
  • Food preparation and handling 
  • Collaborating and recording data of specific wildlife as directed

Selection Criteria:

  • To work unsupervised and alongside others
  • A desire to support the wildlife’s rehabilitation needs
  • A fast-paced environment with much ground to cover within rehabilitation
  • Be physically capable of handling loads and standing for long periods of time
  • Able to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Able to follow direction or checklists in a timely manner

 

3. animal hospital volunteer

This is a rewarding role within a busy and ever changing environment. Support our Veterinary team who tend to injured wildlife bought in by the public. Assist with duties relating to a patients hospital admission and care.

What are the tasks?

  • Cleaning and clearing of all types of cages indoors
  • Assist with required resources and equipment as directed
  • Prepare and handle patient foods and liquids as necessary
  • Conduct hospital grade cleaning as directed
  • Assisting Veterinary Nurses in wildlife assessment and observation activities

Selection criteria:

  • Be physically capable of handling loads and to stand for long periods of time
  • Has ability to remain calm in relation to working with injured wildlife, some of which may have sustained significant trauma
  • Being conscious of the need for injured wildlife to have a quiet environment
  • Work with limited supervision and strictly follow checklists provided
  • Is comfortable to work in a fast-paced, intense environment that can sometimes be stressful 
  • Is able to adapt to sudden changes in tasks or circumstances in a positive manner

 

4. Hospital facilities volunteer

A vital role that ensures our injured wildlife has a clean and comfortable environment to recuperate within.  This position is fundamentally involves laundry duties, i.e. restocking and maintaining fresh, clean linen supplies and maintaining selected equipment and materials within the hospital common areas.

What are the tasks?

  • Performing laundry duties, ensuring clean blankets are available for our wildlife
  • Re stocking medical supplies as directed
  • Sorting public donations as required
  • General cleaning of the facility areas 
  • Assisting Veterinary staff with resources in special circumstances or unforeseen events

Selection criteria:

  • Take pride in linen preparation and understand its value to the Hospital
  • Work indoors and outdoors within the laundry area
  • Follow checklists and direction in a timely and positive manner
  • Have a willing, friendly and cheerful disposition
  • Be physically capable of handling loads and standing for long periods of time
  • To work within a team and work with limited supervision

 

5. Hospital deck liaison volunteer

A hugely important role that connects our guests to the core of what Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is all about. Inspire, educate and enrich the understanding Sanctuary guests who visit the hospital precinct to create awareness and share knowledge about the mission and daily activities within the Wildlife Hospital.

What are the tasks?

  • Inform guests about animals being currently treated within the hospital, as seen from the deck
  • Educate and inspire guests about how we care for our injured wildlife and Sanctuary needs
  • Promote the different fundraising pathways the hospital relies upon
  • Maintain the appearance of the Deck, updating Veterinary stats and information displayed 
  • Re stock promotional materials and resources
  • Be an ambassador to promote the Wildlife Hospital Volunteer program

Selection criteria:

  • A friendly and cheerful disposition, clearly spoken
  • Excited to showcase the hospital from outside and passionate to share knowledge
  • Be familiar with the local area and have moderate knowledge of Australian native wildlife
  • Able to understanding and explain the hospital’s values, fundraising and conservation projects
  • Ability to engage with all nationalities and adapt discussions according to guests interests
  • Take pride in the presentation of the deck area, involving duties such as sweeping, dusting and restocking of materials 
  • Able to stand for whole shift

 

6. Wildlife ambulance volunteer 

An important role alternating between driving and accompanying the driver in the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital branded Animal Ambulance van. In this role, no two journeys are the same but your volunteering will involve bringing injured wildlife to the hospital, or take rehabilitated patients to reside with a rehab carer, or release them back to their home.

What are the tasks?

  • To re stocking the Ambulances resources ready to care for transport of injured or recovering wildlife
  • To support in manual handling of heavy cages or awkward equipment
  • Conduct general cleaning of the vehicle, inside and out, as required
  • To drive the Ambulance van safely, efficiently and courteously at all times
  • To interact kindly and courteously with colleagues, members of the public or wildlife carers as part of the duties of transporting animal patients. 

Selection criteria:

  • Be a good team player, have a friendly, calm and helpful manner, and not be impacted by animal injury or trauma
  • Be willing to learn about the basic needs of handling injured wildlife
  • Be clearly spoken, able to read maps and provide clear directions as required
  • Be physically capable of handling loads, lifting and carrying, bending and twisting as required
  • Is able to follow instructions in a prompt, efficient manner and with a positive nature
  • Be an efficient, safe, calm and courteous driver with an Open Queensland driver’s licence
  • Will always represent the Wildlife Hospital in a positive and professional manner at all times

 

All applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • Weekly availability and reliability is an important element of this volunteer program
  • You 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 you will be working with sick and injured animals, some of which will require euthanasia and in an environmental where surgical procedures are conducted
  • After successful completion of trial shifts, a registration fee of $45 will be requested to cover uniform costs
  • After successful completion of trial shifts, volunteers must attend a half-day induction course
  • Note: Hospital staff are not authorised to assist volunteers with TAFE assignments or sign off competencies for TAFE studies

 

apply now - the recruitment PROCESS

We have a structured process in place for the recruitment of all volunteer applications due to the nature of the roles and the requirements of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Hospital. After you submit your on-line expression of interest, we will call you to further explain the role and discuss the selection criteria. The next stage is a potential invitation for an interview, and thereafter a series of trial shifts at the Hospital.

Please note that 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.   Our process is to open and close access to our volunteer roles as they become vacant throughout the year, so if your preferred role is currently closed, please check back again as it will soon re-open.
Thank you again for your interest in helping us care for the animal patients of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. 
 

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