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Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge Volunteers

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 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  Vacancies

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.


Animal Assistant - Cats

An Animal Assistant - Cats, follows the guidance and instruction of the Supervisor, undertaking the tasks required to support and maintain the care and welfare of Refuge cats.  This role is vital to the day-to-day running of the Refuge as well as to its future sustainability. If you enjoy the company of your feline friend, and would like to make a positive contribution to finding them a home, this role would be suitable for you. 

To express your interest in this role, please click here


Animal Assistant - Dogs

An Animal Assistant - Dogs, follows the guidance and instruction of the Supervisor, undertaking the tasks required to support and maintain the care and welfare of Refuge Dogs.  This role is vital to the day-to-day running of the Refuge as well as to its future sustainability. Shifts are between 4 and 6 hours in duration, and begin at 6:30am or 12pm. Tasks include making up feeds, washing bowls, laundry, donation sorting, poo parade and assisting with bathing.  
If you enjoy the company of your canine friend, and would like to make a positive contribution to finding them a home, this role would be suitable for you. 

To express your interest in 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.


Current Volunteers
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