Peninsula: Kennels Assistant

Kennels Assistant


Animal Care Team Leader (Kennels)


RSPCA Peninsula

Time Commitment

Weekly OR Fortnightly 4 hour morning 8am-12pm or 3 hour afternoon 1pm-4pm shift (Monday to Sunday) for a minimum of 6 months

Date Revised

December 2023

Approved by

Volunteer Program Team


About us

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria) is a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia’s leading animal welfare charity.

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA team. They play an active and vital role in helping to support our work to improve the welfare of animals and protect them from cruelty and neglect. Volunteering involves commitment, dedication and passion.


Role Purpose

As well as contributing to the daily operations and functionality of the Kennels, Kennels Assistants ultimately enhance the environment for dogs in the RSPCA’s care and improve their chance of finding a forever home. 

I love working with the dogs as they are always so happy to see you for a walk or play. It is good to know that I can help make their lives better and give them love and plenty of cuddles while they are waiting for their new home.” Cynthia, Kennels Volunteer


Key Responsibilities

The Kennels Assistant will be responsible for the following activities:

§  Assisting staff in the general cleaning and maintenance of kennels, including but not limited to the removal of faeces, cleaning/hosing of the dog yards, hosing and disinfecting of dog pens

§  Preparation and distribution of food and refilling water bowls

§  Changing of bedding and the restocking of bedding ready for use

§  General cleaning and maintenance of the area including cleaning, sweeping, mopping, laundry, restocking supplies, cleaning toys and rubbish removal

§  Distribution / making toys and other environmental enrichment tools

§  Exercise enrichment and socialisation of dogs

§  Adhering to Work, Health & Safety protocols to ensure the safe handling of dogs

§  Observing animal health and behaviour and reporting any concerns to staff



To be successful in this role, the volunteer will possess the following necessary skills and attributes:

§  Attention to detail and the ability to follow oral and written instructions carefully, especially safety protocols and signage

§  General fitness, physical strength and the ability to safely handle untrained and/or boisterous dogs

§  Experience walking dogs

§  Experience with unfamiliar dogs, confidence in their presence, and an ability to observe behaviour

§  Ability to be self-sufficient and work well autonomously within a team environment

§  Willingness to work outdoors regardless of the weather conditions

§  Preparedness to work in a noisy environment 

§  Willingness to assist in extra cleaning duties during peak times, as per the Supervisor/Animal Attendant’s request

§  Ability to clearly communicate with a 2-way radio (training provided)

§  Flexibility and willingness to assist in other RSPCA departments as required


Training & Support Requirements

The following training and support will be provided:

§  Online induction modules including animal handling.

·         On the job training with Animal Attendant staff

·         Ongoing opportunity to discuss your role and any concerns with the supervising staff member, Animal Care Team Leader or Volunteer program Team.  


Other Requirements

RSPCA Victoria is serious about providing a safe and healthy environment for volunteers, employees and the animals in our care. If you are interested in this role, we will need to collect the following information prior to you commencing in the role (see checked items below). By signing this Role Profile, you give consent to RSPCA to conduct any checks as necessary.

National Police Check


Screen for animal cruelty offenses

Drivers Licence

Working with Children Check


Medical - proof of tetanus vaccination

CV / Resume / LinkedIn


Identity check

Other as noted:

RSPCA Volunteers contribute vital support to ending cruelty for all animals

Thank you