Native Animal Rehabilitation Centre

172 Hope Road, Bibra Lake (08) 9417 7105

Volunteering at Native ARC

Native ARC is a wildlife veterinary hospital and wildlife rehabilitation centre. Minimum exposure to human beings ensures that the animals in care recover more 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 rehabilitation hospitals/centres 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 16 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 uniform, induction/training fees 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 Native ARC 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

Native ARC's Rehabilitation volunteer program is for anyone interested in rehabilitating wildlife and there are no pre requisites. Rehabilitation volunteers need to attend the Centre a minimum of one shift per week (8.30am - 2.30pm or 2.30pm - 8.30pm). Volunteers will work in the Rehabilitation stages of the Centre 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.

HOSPITAL Volunteer

Native ARC's Hospital volunteer program is for anyone interested in advancing their wildlife rehabilitation skills. Hospital volunteers need to attend the Centre 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.

gardening Volunteer

Native ARC's Gardening volunteer program is for anyone with a passion for wildlife and the environment and enjoys working outdoors. Gardening volunteers are responsible for maintaining Native ARC’s grounds, gardens and facilities. Gardening volunteers need to attend the Centre a minimum of 2 hours per week.

FOOD PREPARATION Volunteer

Native ARC's Food Preparation volunteer program is for anyone with a passion for wildlife and the environment but may not necessarily want to work directly with wildlife. Food Preparation volunteers are responsible for preparing all meals for the 300-400 animals on-site at any given time and need to attend the Centre a minimum of one shift per week (flexible 4 hour shift between 8.30am - 3.30pm).

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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