General Support - RSPCA QLD


Animal Ambulance Driver | Toowoomba

What to expect

RSPCA Queensland are currently seeking volunteers who would like to be part of our Rescue Unit as a Volunteer Animal Ambulance Driver. Animal Ambulance Drivers form an integral part of our front line rescue team. RSPCA Qld have several Animal Ambulances on the road in such areas as Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, Townsville, Toowoomba and Rockhampton.

RSPCA Queensland are currently seeking volunteers who would like to be part of our Rescue Unit as Volunteer Animal Ambulance Drivers in the Toowoomba Region. 

We ask that all new Toowoomba Drivers attend the Wacol Campus (Brisbane) to do 2 x training shifts with our Rescue Officers to gain an insight into the Department and on the road training with a Rescue Officer

The shift time for this training is either 7-3:30pm or 8-4:30pm (week days only). The 2 days do not have to be consecutive and can be done across 2 weeks. 

You would be responsible for actioning jobs that come in via the call centre that are dispatched via the Inspectorate (in a vehicle that we provide with iphone and ipad).  Your duties in these situations would vary depending on your level of skill and experience. This is not your typical role Volunteering at a shelter environment as we need people who are independant and can be flexible to accomodate needs on a daily basis. An ability to deal constructively with stressful situations, and to remain calm in confronting situations, is of high importance.

We recruit both Assistants to the Rescue Officers and Drivers (people who hold a drivers license).

Couples/friends are eligible to work together in this role with one being a Driver and the other an Assistant.

What are the benefits?

  • Assisting animals in need on the front line
  • The opportunity to improve animal handling skills and gain knowledge of the how the RSPCA operates
  • The opportunity to learn from RSPCA Rescue Unit Officers
  • Increased awareness of our native wildlife and the issues they face
  • The opportunity to make a difference and know you are keeping our animals comfortable
  • Becoming part of a friendly team and community

What are the tasks?

The position involves transporting injured or unwell animals as required and includes:

  • Locating, handling and rescuing injured or unwell animals
  • Significant driving around the Toowoomba area using an RSPCA vehicle
  • Collecting and transporting animals to vet clinics
  • Liaising with veterinarians at clinics regarding the animals and delivering animals along with the relevant paperwork and medication

It is also important to mention that you will witness animals in distress that may sometimes be injured. The capacity to constructively deal with this both at the time and after the event is crucial. 

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Have a valid and clean driver's license and the ability to use a GPS to navigate
  • Good driving record
  • Confidence in handling a variety of animals
  • Proficient in emails and sending and receiving photos via iPhone or iPad devices
  • Committed and reliable
  • Be physically fit (able to lift 10kg) and comfortable in a wide variety of outdoor situations
  • Attention to detail for paperwork admissions, and able to accurately listen and follow instructions
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Able to be flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent communication skills

It is also important to mention that you will witness animals in distress that may sometimes be injured. The capacity to constructively deal with this both at the time and after the event is crucial. 

When can I volunteer?

  • Shifts available: day, night or overnight on call
  • Wednesdays 7.00am - 5.00pm Day shift

  • Wednesdays 5.00pm - 10.00pm Night Shift

  • We request a minimum commitment of 1 x shift per fortnight for a minimum of 3 months. Orientation and animal training will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: As part of volunteering with us you will be required to purchase an RSPCA Volunteer T-shirt for $30. It is also a requirement that before handling animals at the RSPCA you have an up to date Tetanus vaccination.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact the Volunteer Ambulance Coordinator via email on: animalambulance@rspcaqld.org.au or fill in the application above.

Due to the time involved in training new Volunteers to become Ambulance Drivers, we are looking for those who will be able to maintain their commitment ongoing and are reliable. All of our vehicles are automatic and we recruit volunteers who hold an Australian Drivers Licence.