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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 the 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/cats and are 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. **

Cat Supervisor

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 felines.

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 two Cat Supervisors to help our refuge cats find their new family.

The volunteer position of Supervisor requires a mature minded person who loves cats, 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, and is looking for an ongoing volunteer role. We have shift vacancies for Thursday and Friday afternoons. These shifts run from 12pm to 5pm.

The right applicant will have a passion for animal care, 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.


Admin Assistant

Available Shifts:

  • Saturday 1:30pm to 5pm

Are you a quick learner, have a great phone manner, and enjoy learning new tasks? We are looking for additional Admin Assistants to help our staff in the busy office. You will be trained in answering the phones, assisting customers with their inquiries, completing adoptions and much more. To be successful in this role you will need natural customer service skills, the ability to learn quickly, be able to complete tasks whilst handling distractions, and be willing to provide every customer with excellent service. Admin Volunteers need to reliably attend their designated shift every week and be available for a minimum of 6 months. This role is not suitable for volunteers who cannot attend regularly.

If this role appeals to you, please complete the application form and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact. 


Animal Assistant - Dogs

Available shifts:

  • Friday 7am to 12pm
  • Friday 7am to 12pm
  • Sunday 7am to 12pm
  • Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Our Kennel volunteers start early, moving the dogs out to the runs for some free time and a run around. The morning feeds are made up, pens prepared for cleaning, and the laundry started. Once the pens are clean, the dogs are returned, breakfast is served, and the clean up of the runs begins. Supplies are restocked, the kitchen swept and mopped, and the laundry hung to dry, all before morning tea. Then the donations need to be sorted, the toilet walks begin, and the washing to be changed over, hung and dried. You may be asked to lift items up to 16kg, squat, reach, push, pull and bend regularly. The work is hot in summer and cold in winter, and you will get dirty, sweaty and covered in dog hair. You will also be exposed to cleaning and disinfecting chemicals. If you enjoy hard work, and a cuddle with a dog at the end of your shift is all the reward you need, then please submit an application to join our team. 

To express your interest in this role, please click here 


Animal Assistant - Cats

Available shifts:

  • Thursday 12pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 7am to 12pm

Our Cattery volunteers start early, feeding the hungry and vocal felines that call the Refuge home. The litters trays are cleaned, food bowls washed, and the laundry started. Supplies are restocked, the runs are swept and mopped, and the laundry hung to dry, all before morning tea. Then the donations need to be sorted, the litter scooped, and the washing to be changed over. You will be expected to lift items up to 10kg, squat, reach, push, pull and bend regularly. The work is hot in summer and cold in winter, and you will get dirty, sweaty and covered in cat hair. You will also be exposed to cleaning and disinfecting chemicals. If you enjoy hard work, can make a regular commitment to one of the above shifts, and a cuddle with a cat at the end of your shift is all the reward you need, then please submit an application to join our team. 

To apply for this role, please click here


Maintenance Officer

We are looking for two special volunteers who take great pride in working with their hands, have an eye for detail, and are a 'Jack/Jill of all trades'. This role can be completed on any day of the week, however we are looking for volunteers who can commit to a regular day each week. The tasks of this role change every week depending on the needs of our aging infrastructure. You will have a close working relationship with the Refuge manager and escalate any immediate concerns to them. If you are looking for a role where you can make a real difference and have ownership over your work, then please submit an application today. 

To apply for this role, please click here.


Garden Maintenance Officer

This role supports the refuge by maintaining the high standards of the Refuge gardens and grounds. You will be responsible for planting out new plants, pruning the gardens, maintain the mulch levels and ensuring our gardens are safe for the public to enjoy. This is a great role for anyone with a green thumb who also enjoys a social morning in the garden. Ideally, you’ll be available one morning per week. Click here to apply for this role.


Refuge Mowing Assistant

A Refuge Mowing Assistant collaborates with the Refuge Manager to ensure Refuge exercise yards and public grassed areas are adequately maintained.  Tasks include mowing, whipper snipping, blowing paths, and basic equipment maintenance. If you enjoy yard work and the smell of fresh cut grass, can volunteer for 3-4 hours a week on a regular roster, then this role would be suitable for you. This role can be completed on any day of the week, although we do recommend an early morning start in the hotter months. 

To apply for this role, please click here


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.


Cat/Kitten Foster Carer

Do you enjoy:

  • Knowing you’ve made a difference?
  • Caring for and enriching the lives of cats?
  • Kitten fun, purring lap warmers and mini mess makers?

Then consider applying for the volunteer role of Cat Foster Carer. This role supports the refuge by providing temporary care in a home environment for either young litters of kittens or adult cats.

Cat Foster Carers are in high demand and must be able to contain their foster animal/s indoors, provide transport to and from the refuge for vet checks, and be able to meet the needs of young animals. All food, toys, kitty litter and vet care is provided. Click here to submit your expression of interest. Please note this is not an application to be a Cattery Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately. 


Dog/Puppy Foster Carer

Do you enjoy:

  • Knowing you’ve made a difference?
  • Caring for and enriching the lives of dogs?
  • Puppy slobber, long walks and unconditional love?

Then consider applying for the volunteer role of Dog Foster Carer. This role supports the refuge by providing temporary care in a home environment for either young litters of puppies or adult dogs.

Dog Foster Carers are in high demand, and must have secure fencing, be able to contain their foster animal/s on their property, provide transport to and from the refuge for vet checks, be able to meet the needs of young animals or adult dogs, and ideally have no other pets in the home. All food, toys, beds and vet care is provided. Click here to submit your expression of interest. Please note this is not an application to be a Kennel Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately. 


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 indicating the dates you require to volunteercoordinator@sippycreek.com.au 


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 volunteercoordinator@sippycreek.com.au  Unfortunately we cannot offer placements in our Vet Rooms. 


Current Volunteers

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