We cannot run our refuge without the help of our volunteers. We require reliable, dedicated people to help care for the cats and dogs, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The work is not just animal hands-on as we mainly need people to clean, cook and prepare food, wash and hang out towels and sheets, clean up yards, gardeners, and trades people. The work is not glamorous but it is rewarding, and you will meet like-minded people and lots of lovely cats and dogs. If you are over 18, we welcome your interest and application. Most shifts start at 6am as we need the refuge and the animals to be ready for the public when we open at 10am.
School Work Experience
The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge is a very popular choice for students wishing to complete their School Work Experience placements. Our placements are filled very quickly each year, and we assess applications on a first come first served basis. If you would like to apply for a Work Experience Placement, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Colleges Study Placement
Placements are available for students completing a Cert 2 or 3 in Companion Animal Studies through Open Colleges. We can accommodate two students at a time, and offer access to both Cats and Dogs. If you are looking for a Study Placement, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com Unfortunately we cannot offer placements in our Vet Rooms.
Volunteer applications will only be accepted from applicants over 18 years of age.
Cat/Dog Supervisor and Rehomer
Would you love to care for our four-legged friends? Are you motivated to find them a loving forever home? We are looking for a top notch ‘people’ person who has a soft spot for floppy ears, wagging tails and slobber.
Here at the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge we are in the business of finding furever homes for the cats and dogs that find themselves without a family. We are now recruiting for three Furry Tale matchmaker’s to help our refuge dogs and cats find their new family.
The volunteer position of Supervisor and Rehomer requires a mature minded person who loves cats and/or dogs, is knowledgeable about breeds and temperaments, and enjoys interacting with members of the public. Responsible for leading and training a team of volunteers, the Supervisor works a regular 5 hour shift once a week. We have shift vacancies for Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon in the Kennels and Sunday afternoon in the Cattery. These shifts run from 12pm to 5pm.
The right applicant will have demonstrated experience in animal handling, an easy going approachable nature, a willingness to follow policy and procedure, and solid team leadership skills.
To apply, please click here to complete the application form. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview, and provided with an induction and training.