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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 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.

Admin Assistant

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 volunteer shifts are 10am to 2pm and 1:30pm to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. We currently have shifts available on Tuesday 1:30pm to 5pm, and Saturday 1:30pm to 5pm, and also require some flexible volunteers who can fill in vacant shifts on short notice. 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:

  • Tuesday 7am to 12pm
  • 2 x Wednesday 12pm to 5pm
  • Friday 7am to 12pm
  • 2 x Friday 12pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 7am to 12pm
  • Saturday 12pm to 5pm


Our Kennel volunteers also 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:

  • Tuesday 7am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 7am to 12pm
  • 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

Do you enjoy:

  • A role that varies every week
  • Taking ownership of your work
  • Completing odd jobs from cleaning footpaths, to laying turf, to changing a lock?


Then consider applying for the volunteer role of 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.


Pressure Washer
Does the shear thought of playing with the gurney get you all excited? Oh boy oh boy do we have the job for you! We are after someone who LOVES pressure cleaning things and has time on a Monday to clean our paths around the refuge. We have all the equipment you need, and lots of dirty paths to blast, we just need you!

To apply for this role, please click here


Nursery Attendant

Do you enjoy:

  • Potting new plants?
  • Watering, pruning and weeding?
  • Sharing your knowledge of plants with others?


Then consider applying for the volunteer role of Nursery Attendant.

This role supports the refuge by raising funds through plant sales and supplying plants to the gardens team to maintain the refuge gardens. You will be responsible for maintaining the plant stock of the Refuge Nursery, re-potting and caring for donated plants, and providing assistance to customers in the nursery. This is a great role for anyone with a green thumb. Ideally, you’ll be available one to two mornings per week. Click here to apply for this role.



Garden Maintenance Officer

Do you enjoy:

  • Planting out gardens?
  • Pruning and mulching?
  • Working in a team and having a cuppa?


Then consider applying for the volunteer role of 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.



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 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 Volunteers

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