What to expect
RSPCA Queensland believes that the most powerful way to change people’s attitudes and behaviours towards animals is through humane education. Humane education is about fostering kindness and respect for animals, people and the environment through empathy. If you are a confident public speaker, and passionate about animal welfare and education, this Volunteer Education Assistant role could be for you.
In this role, you will be responsible for visiting schools or community groups to deliver presentations on a wide range of animal-related topics. You will also have the opportunity to learn animal handling skills with a view to assisting with our on-site, experienced-based programs. Students and adults can also benefit from our humane education programs, with lessons tailored to suit the needs, interests and skill levels of any group. This is a flexible role as visits are not regular but scheduled based on demand from schools, while on-site programs are more regularly held during school holidays but again scheduled around demand.
Our team is about to launch a proactive community outreach and education program in the Moreton Bay region so in addition to recruiting across the state we are hoping to build a focus team in this region!
What are the benefits?
- Knowledge, or ability to gain knowledge, of RSPCA Humane Education Volunteer Policies and Procedures, campaigns and appropriate lesson plans.
- Experience in delivering a variety of education programs in a variety of situations.
- Gain transferable animal handling skills.
- Gaining an understanding, while directly supporting the delivery of animal welfare education and RSPCA's Community Outreach Program.
- Becoming part of a friendly new community
- Knowing you are increasing the chances of animals finding their forever homes
What are the tasks?
- Conduct RSPCA visits to schools, kindergartens or community groups, to deliver age-appropriate standardised lessons, sometimes delivering the same lesson up to three times in one session.
- Lessons cover a range of animal welfare related subject matter but all aim to develop empathy, kindness, respect, and responsibility towards animals and people.
- Volunteer Education Assistants independently represent the RSPCA in the community rather than working alongside RSPCA staff.
- Supervise participants and facilitate on-site programs in conjunction with Education and Animal Care staff.
- Liaise and communicate with the RSPCA education unit online.
What skills and characteristics do I need?
- It is essential that all volunteers within the Humane Education Department hold a current, valid blue card before conducting lessons. Volunteers who do not hold a valid blue card must be willing to obtain one. All volunteers must notify the RSPCA Humane Education Department when their blue card has expired or is renewed or cancelled.
- Willingness to promote and adhere to RSPCA policy and campaigns.
- Flexible availability is a key aspect of the role.
- Confident internet user.
- A passion for animal welfare and education, with excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
When can I volunteer?
- You must be available at least one day between Monday and Friday 9am – 3pm. This will not be every week but on a needs basis.
- You will need your own transport and be willing to travel up to 25km to visits.
- With our proactive community outreach launch date fast approaching we are hoping to recruit a team in the Moreton Bay Region in addition to our team delivering education across the state.
- Additional to our Moreton Bay focus, greatest need is currently greater Brisbane and surrounding council areas. Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast and wherever we have an animal care centre (Bundaberg, Cairns, Dakabin, Gympie, Ipswich, Kingaroy, Mackay, Noosa, and Toowoomba). Other areas can be developed for school and community visits as we grow our volunteer base.
- On-site experience based programs are currently held at Wacol but will grow to incorporate all regional shelters over time.
- We request a minimum commitment of 3 months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals.
- Orientation and training in relation to animal interaction, training and husbandry will be provided.
What training and support do we offer?
- As we deliver a number of education programs and opportunities we offer specific training for each via online modules, on site and face to face to ensure you are comfortable and set up for success in your role.
- We work with your skill set and learning pace. Some of our team shine through on site educational tours to adults whereas others enjoy delivering our 'Responsible Pet Care' lesson to P-3. You may want to dive into it all!
- We are a growing team and motivate each other to drive a socially conscious animal community through education.
- Ongoing support for other opportunities in the organisation, where possible
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.
For further information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 3426 9903 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click "Fill in an application" above.