Native Animal Rehabilitation Centre

172 Hope Road, Bibra Lake (08) 9417 7105

Volunteering at WA WILDLIFE

Minimum exposure to human beings ensures that animals in care recover swiftly, suffer less stress and are less susceptible to human conditioning and dependence. Unlike zoos or wildlife parks (which are stocked with domesticated, permanent animals) wildlife hospitals generally offer a 'hands off' wildlife experience. Even though animal handling/interaction is very low, you will have the opportunity to help sick and injured wildlife return to the wild. This process is crucial for their long-term survival and a privilege to experience.  We train all volunteers on site and you do not need to have previous experience working with animals. However, in order to volunteer you must be over 18 years of age and is recommended you have a current tetanus vaccination.

Please Note: There is a cost of $60.00 associated with becoming a volunteer which includes a sign-up fee (to cover administrative costs associated with your application and induction), uniform and name badge. $30.00 is paid prior to attending your volunteer Induction with the remaining $30.00 payable on your first shift.

If you are serious about joining the team at WA Wildlife and becoming a volunteer, you can begin the application process.

To apply to be a Volunteer, simply complete a volunteer application form by clicking here.

In the application you will be required to nominate a volunteer position that you will be applying for: see below for a description of these positions available at our Centre.

REHABILITATION Volunteer

WA Wildlife's Rehabilitation Ward program is for anyone interested in rehabilitating wildlife (there are no pre-requisites). Rehabilitation volunteers need to attend a minimum of one shift per week (8.30am - 2.30pm or 2.30pm - 8.30pm). Volunteers will work under the guidance of the Rehabilitation Coordinator and/or an experienced volunteer and are responsible for the following tasks:

  • Preparing food for a variety of animals.
  • Cleaning cages, vivariums, aviaries or other housing facilities.
  • Washing dishes, laundry, perches and equipment.
  • Sweeping, mopping of centre facilities.
  • Weighing animals.
  • Assistance with handling large animals.
  • Record keeping.
  • Husbandry and enrichment maintenance.
  • Transporting animals to and from zoos or other wildlife organisations.

RECOVERY Volunteer

WA Wildlife's Recovery Ward program is for anyone interested in rehabilitating wildlife (there are no pre-requisites). Recovery Ward volunteers need to attend  a minimum of one shift per week (8.30am - 2.30pm or 2.30pm - 8.30pm). Volunteers will work in our wildlife hospital under the guidance of one of our Veterinarians and/or an experienced volunteer and are responsible for the following tasks:

  • Record keeping.
  • Administering non prescription medications.
  • Administering fluids and food via syringe or tube.
  • Triaging new patients admitted to the wildlife hospital.
  • Answering incoming phone calls and admitting new patients arriving at the hospital. 
  • Preparing food for a variety of animals.
  • Cleaning cages, vivariums or other housing facilities.
  • Washing dishes, laundry, perches and equipment.
  • Sweeping, mopping of centre facilities.
  • Weighing animals.
  • Handling a variety of animals.
  • Assisting veterinarians with various procedures.

RECEPTION Volunteer

WA Wildlife's Reception program is for anyone with a passion for wildlife and the environment and enjoys interacting with people. Reception volunteers are responsible for answering all incoming phone calls, admitting new patients admitted to the Hospital, processing sales and donations, cleaning the Hospital's entrance/public viewing spaces and providing advice to members of the public. Reception volunteers need to attend a minimum of one shift per week (8.00am - 2.00pm or 2.00pm - 8.00pm).

VETERINARY NURSE Volunteer

WA Wildlife's Veterinary Nurse volunteer program is for Registered Veterinary Nurses with a minimum of 1 year experience in practice. Veterinary Nurses volunteer in the ICU under the direction of a Veterinarian. Tasks include mediction administration, wound treatement, triage of wildlife admitted to the hospital and assistance with surgery and radiology. Veterinary Nurse volunteers need to attend a minimum of one shift per week (8.30am - 2.30pm or 2.30pm - 8.30pm).

OP SHOP Volunteer

WA Wildlife operates an Op Shop in Hilton, Perth. Click Here for more information. 

THANKYOU

Since Native ARC is a non-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity and support of the greater community.  

All donations are greatly appreciated.

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