We cannot run our refuge without the help of our volunteers. We require 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. 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.
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 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.
** Volunteer applications will only be accepted from applicants over 18 years of age. **
- Saturday 1:30 pm to 5 pm
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.
- Monday 3 pm to 5 pm
- Thursday 6 am to 12 pm
- Friday 6 am to 12 pm
- Saturday 6 am to 12 pm
- Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
- Wednesday 6 am to 12 pm
- Thursday 12 am to 3 pm
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.
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. to apply for this role.
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. your expression of interest. Please note this is not an application to be a Cattery Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately.
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. your expression of interest. Please note this is not an application to be a Kennel Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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