Help sick and injured wildlife return to the wild!

If you would like the opportunity to help sick and injured wildlife return to the wild, there are a number of ways to volunteer at WA Wildlife. We train all volunteers on site and you do not need to have previous experience working with animals.

You’ll need to be over 18 years of age. A current tetanus vaccination is recommended.

Volunteers working at the WA Wildlife Hospital need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Please note: a total charge of $50.00 is made to cover your registration and uniform. Your $20 registration fee is paid prior to attending your induction (after you have been accepted) and your $30 uniform fee is payable on your first shift.

You will be required to nominate a volunteer position from these described below.

To apply, simply complete an application form by CLICKING HERE. 

Rehabilitation Volunteer 

WA Wildlife’s Rehabilitation program is for anyone interested in rehabilitating wildlife (there are no pre-requisites) and enjoys working outdoors.  Minimum commitment:  one shift per week/fortnight (8.30am – 2.30pm or 2.30pm – 8.30pm). Volunteers can undertake a fortnight (full shift) or weekly 8.30am-11.30am/5.00pm – 9.00pm Rehabilitation shift after the full 12 weeks of competency training is completed. Volunteers will work under the guidance of the Hospital Manager and/or an experienced volunteer and are responsible for:

  • preparing food for a variety of animals
  • cleaning cages, vivariums, aviaries or other housing facilities
  • washing dishes, laundry, perches and equipment
  • sweeping, mopping of Hospital facilities
  • weighing animals
  • assistance with handling large animals
  • record keeping
  • husbandry and enrichment maintenance
  • transporting animals to and from zoos or other wildlife organisations

Recovery Volunteer 

WA Wildlife’s Recovery Ward program is for anyone interested in rehabilitating wildlife (there are no pre-requisites) and prefers to work indoors.  Minimum commitment: one 6 hour shift per week (8.30am – 2.30pm or 2.30pm – 8.30pm).   Volunteers can undertake a fortnight (full shift) or weekly 8.30am-11.30am/5.00pm – 9.00pm Recovery Ward shift after the full 16 weeks of competency training is completed. Volunteers will work in the WA Wildlife Hospital under the guidance of one of the Hospital Manager and/or an experienced volunteer and are responsible for:

  • record keeping
  • administering non prescription medications
  • administering fluids and food via syringe or tube
  • triaging new patients admitted to the wildlife hospital
  • answering incoming phone calls and admitting new patients arriving at the hospital
  • preparing food for a variety of animals
  • cleaning cages, vivariums or other housing facilities
  • washing dishes, laundry, perches and equipment
  • sweeping, mopping of centre facilities
  • weighing animals
  • handling a variety of animals
  • assisting veterinarians with various procedures.

Reception Volunteer 

WA Wildlife’s Reception program is for anyone with a passion for wildlife and the environment and enjoys interacting with people. 

Minimum commitment:

  • one 6 hour shift per week (8.00am – 2.00pm or 2.00pm – 8.00pm); or
  • one 3 hour shift per week (8.30am – 11.30am or 5.00pm – 8.00pm).

Reception volunteers are responsible for:

  • answering all incoming phone calls 
  • admitting new patients admitted to the WA Wildlife Hospital
  • processing sales and donations
  • cleaning the Hospital’s entrance/public viewing spaces
  • providing advice to members of the public.

Op Shop Volunteer

WA Wildlife operates an Op Shop in Hilton, Perth. If you are interested in supporting wildlife conservation but not necessarily working directly with wildlife, please consider the WA Wildlife Op Shop.

We need volunteers to run the store 6 days a week. 

Minimum commitment: 

  • Mon-Fri, one 4.5 hour shift per week 8.30am – 1.00pm or 1.00pm to 5.30pm 
  • Saturday, one 5 hour shift 09.45am – 2.45pm

Registered Veterinary Nurse Volunteer

The WA Wildlife Hospital is a licensed veterinary hospital with the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board of WA. We are always looking for passionate veterinary nurses to assist our veterinary team. Minimum commitment:

  • one 6 hour shift per week (8.30am – 2.30pm or 2.30pm – 8.30pm); or
  • one 2 hour shift per week (8.30am – 10.30am or 5.30pm to 7.30pm). 

Volunteers will work in the WA Wildlife Hospital under the direction and supervisor of a veterinarian and are responsible for:

  • record keeping
  • administering prescription medications
  • administering fluids and food
  • triaging new patients admitted to the wildlife hospital
  • cleaning surgical kits, instruments and equipment
  • assisting veterinarians with various procedures (surgery, radiography, laboratory, ultrasonography, endoscopy)

Corporate Volunteering

Team-based volunteering provides organisations with the opportunity to develop staff skills, build teams and achieve social responsibility targets.

As part of your volunteering program, a small or large team of staff can be accommodated at WA Wildlife. Projects often available include gardening, mulching, enclosure upgrades, painting, construction and Hospital maintenance. Teams of 4-40 can be accommodated. If you think we may be able to help your organisation create an experience for your team, contact Dean Huxley, Director of Operations d.huxley@wawildlife.org.au

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