Peninsula: Horse and Livestock Assistant

Horse and Livestock Volunteer


Horse & Livestock Supervisor



Time Commitment

Weekly OR fortnightly 4 hour morning (Monday to Sunday) for a minimum of 6 months

Date Revised/Created

January 2024

Business Unit - Department






About us

RSPCA Victoria is a non-government, community-based, not-for-profit organisation whose vision is ‘ending cruelty to all animals’. We are Victoria’s best-known and most respected animal welfare organisation.

Our organisation’s purpose is to work with the community to achieve outstanding animal welfare through education, advocacy, and animal care and protection. RSPCA Victoria’s values - clarity and accountability, respect and consideration, and expertise and collaboration - set clear expectations for all our staff and volunteers.

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA Victoria 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.


Role Purpose

This role will provide assistance to the animal attendants in the delivery of day to day care of mainly horses but also small livestock and poultry in care at the RSPCA, contributing to the achievement of the best possible welfare outcome for every horse in our care.


Key Tasks

The Horse & Livestock Volunteer will be providing assistance to the animal attendants with the following activities:

§  Feeding poultry, horses & other livestock

§  Making up feeds based on feeding plans

§  Cleaning paddocks, stables and yards with animal attendant

§  Grooming horses and picking out horses’ feet under the direction of the animal attendant

§  General maintenance – tidy work areas and storage sheds, restocking supplies, cleaning and replacing bedding for small livestock and poultry


Please note:

This role will include working with animals (small and large) both indoors and outdoors regardless of weather conditions)


Skills, Qualifications , or Experience Required

To successfully undertake this role, the volunteer will possess the following skills, attributes and/or experience:



§  Must have experience with horses through work experience or ownership

§  Be able to carry out husbandry activities such as cleaning paddocks, making up horse feeds and hay nets, cleaning stables

§  Must be comfortable to safely handle a horse for basic tasks such as grooming and picking out horses’ feet.



§  Small livestock experience

§  RSPCA Volunteer experience

§  Current Driver’s license (Opportunity for training and to gain qualification to drive Gator vehicle on site)


Training & Support Requirements

-       RSPCA Volunteer induction

-       Local induction in safety

-       Training to be provided by the livestock animal attendant team

-       Volunteers to work alongside animal attendants ongoing

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 Victoria volunteers contribute vital support to ending cruelty for all animals.