Our volunteers help provide thousands of shelter cats and dogs with care, love and hope every year at our refuge. Without the help and dedication of these reliable, committed people, we would not be able to operate. The work may not be glamorous, but it is rewarding and will allow you to meet many like-minded people and lots of loving cats and dogs.
Below are our expectations and requirements for you to be a successful applicant:
- You must be 18 years or older (applications from volunteers under the age of 18 cannot be accepted for insurance reasons)
- Able to work independently and as part of a team, able to follow direction under the guidance of a Team Leader
- Must be physically fit, and capable of working in all weather conditions (extremely hot in summer and cold in winter)
- Willing to work with all breeds of dogs/cats
- We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of six months of regular volunteering
- You will be asked to lock in for the same 5-hour shift each week
If you are unable to provide this level of commitment, due to work or study commitments preventing you from attending the allocated shift, we would still love your help in other ways! You can donate, put in a Expression of Interest to foster, or even apply to become an event volunteer.
Have you got what it takes to be a Sunshine Coast animal refuge volunteer?
Want to get involved as a volunteer and be apart of the team?
Then have a look through our role descriptions and vacancies available below and apply!
- Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm
- Friday 12 pm - 5 pm
- Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
- Saturday Fortnightly 12 pm - 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.
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.
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. Please note this is not an application to be a Cattery Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately. Download the Cat Foster Application (171 KB) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Please note this is not an application to be a Kennel Volunteer onsite at SCARS. These roles are advertised separately. Download the Dog Foster Application (204 KB) and email it to email@example.com
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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