Have you got what it takes to be a Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge Volunteer?

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 glamorous but it is rewarding, and you will meet like-minded people and lots of loving cats and dogs.  We mainly need people to clean up after the animals (poo scooping, washing bowls, cleaning water pools), preparing feeds, washing and hanging out the towels and sheets, cleaning up the yards, mowing, and skilled trades people. You are going to get hot/cold, sweaty, dirty and sometimes wet.

You will need to be able to work independently, and as part of team under the guidance of a supervisor. Volunteers at the Refuge need to be physically fit, capable of working in all weather conditions, willing to work with all breeds of dogs, and able to follow direction. Volunteers need to be able to commit to a minimum of three months of regular volunteering. If you anticipate your work or study schedule is going to prevent you from attending your shift, then the Event Volunteer role may be better for you. 

If you are over 18, we welcome your interest and application. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee you will be offered a position. Applications from volunteers under the age of 18 cannot be accepted for insurance reasons. 

Current  Vacancies

Volunteer applications will only be accepted from applicants over 18 years of age.

Event Volunteers

Is your schedule a little unpredictable, but you would still like to be able to do something for the animals at the Refuge? Have you considered being an event volunteer? SCARS holds a variety of events throughout the year from simple promotional stalls at the local shopping centre, to big gala events like Furball, and everything in between. These events require a variety of people to make them happen. We need physically fit people to set up the big events, cheerful social people to engage with the public, get-in-and-do-it people to cook sausages and run registration tents. You name it, we have a job for you in the event field. 

To express your interest in this role, please click here.

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 

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  Unfortunately we cannot offer placements in our Vet Rooms. 

Current Volunteers

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