Volunteering with the RSPCA QLD

Rescue Unit Driver | Rockhampton

What to expect

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

RSPCA Qld delivers a dedicated Rescue Unit to rescue sick, injured or orphaned animals in the Rockhampton area. Operated by Volunteers, the Rescue Unit operates, 7 days a week, with day or night sessions to choose from. Orientation sessions for these roles are at our RSPCA Rockhampton Op Shop - please apply via the button below so we can contact you to book you into our next session!

Working from home (in a vehicle that we provide with iPhone) you would be responsible for actioning jobs that come in via the Call Centre that are dispatched via the Rescue Unit. 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 independent and can be flexible to accommodate needs on a daily basis. An ability to deal constructively with stressful situations, and to remain calm in confronting situations, is of high importance.

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
  • 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 Rockhampton 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. To help potential volunteers to fully understand the role requirements, we have created the Essential Capabilities of an RSPCA QLD Rescue Volunteer. 
Please read this before you apply to ensure you understand what we look for when reviewing applications. If an applicant is not able to meet these essential requirements, unfortunately, we are unable to progress their application any further. 

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 or willingness to learn 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

When can I volunteer?

  • Shifts available: we have both 4 hour and 8 hour shifts available
  • Monday - Saturday
    8am - 12pm
    12:30pm - 4:30pm
    5pm - 9pm
  • Sunday 
    8am - 5pm 
    5pm - 9pm
    *please specify your preference when you submit your application.

PLEASE NOTE: It is 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 Rescue Unit 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.