Volunteering with the RSPCA QLD

Wildlife Responder

What to expect

This rewarding volunteer role would suit applicants who are passionate about Australia’s native wildlife and are committed to improving their welfare. This is a great opportunity for people who want to help their local Wildlife. This program is available across Queensland and is flexible, allowing participants to help anywhere, anytime.

What are the benefits?

  • Increased awareness of our native wildlife and the issues they face.
  • Native animal handling and identification skills.
  • Get to know your local wildlife and community.
  • Be part of the RSPCA QLD Wildlife Rescue network.


What are the tasks?

The position involves rescuing and transporting injured, sick or orphaned wildlife as required and includes:

  • Rescue and Transport: Attending wildlife transport and rescue requests in your local area and deliver animals to a nearby vet clinic or local Wildlife carer
  • Wildlife Reunites: Attempt to reunite juvenile birds and other animals with their parents
  • Wildlife Releases: Conduct releases for a variety of birds, reptiles and mammals, returning them to the wild when they have recovered.
  • Community Engagement: Engage with members of the public in a positive way when responding to rescue and transportation requests and provide advice or education when appropriate. 


What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Confidence when interacting with a variety of wildlife species
  • Must be over 18 years of age, hold a valid driver's licence, and access to a suitable roadworthy and insured vehicle.
  • Willingness to learn about wildlife and rescue techniques.
  • Adherence to RSPCA Queensland WH&S guidelines
  • Able to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Genuine interest in animal welfare and the objectives of RSPCA Qld.


When can I volunteer?

  • You can nominate the times and locations you want to carry out transports and rescues that suits you.


PLEASE NOTE: It is a requirement that before handling animals at the RSPCA you have an up-to-date Tetanus vaccination.

For further information, please contact our Wildlife Responder Coordinator via email on 1300animal@rspcaqld.org.au  or fill in an application above.