Animal Care - RSPCA QLD

Wildlife Ward Assistant | Wacol


What to expect

There are a number of vacancies available in our busy Wildlife Hospital with various shifts across week days and weekends.  This position would suit any applicants that have an interest in our native wildlife and have a commitment to learn about the daily care required for them; are dedicated to improving their welfare and would like to gain exposure to a native animal hospital environment. Applicants will be involved with the cleaning and daily care of native wildlife (eg birds, possums, lizards and turtles) that are currently in care. However applicants will also understand that unnecessary handling of wildlife will be minimal in line with wild animal rehabilitation practices. 


These can be challenging roles as you may be faced with situations where animals are sick, uncomfortable or in pain.  You might feel emotional about the animals you’re working with and may find this difficult, but ultimately the reward is that you’re making a huge, positive difference to their lives – and yours!

Please note: we are unable to offer placements for Vet nursing students; please contact your course provider.

What are the benefits?

  • Close encounters with native Australian wildlife!
  • Learn about native wildlife care and husbandry
  • Opportunity to gain new skills and learn about the vet care industry
  • Becoming part of a friendly new community

What are the tasks?

Tasks may include:

  • Providing enrichment to the animals under your care
  • The daily cleaning of the animals' enclosures which involves removing dirty bedding, cleaning litter trays, and providing clean bedding and toys.
  • Assist with stock control and re-stocking of supplies where appropriate.
  • Sweeping and mopping floors, removing rubbish, washing animals’ water and food bowls, replacing food and water.
  • Hygiene control – this is critical as a shelter environment is a high-risk area for canine and feline diseases, some of which are communicable to humans or your own pets.  This means ensuring appropriate sanitisation and hand-washing after handling individual animals or enclosures, use of appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) such as gloves, aprons, etc, to prevent disease and avoid cross contamination.  
  • Assistance with ensuring the vet surgery environment and reception area is presentable, and general tidying up.
  • Taking bins full of soiled linen/towels/bedding to the laundry and collecting clean bedding/towels etc to take back to your area.
  • Undertake general laundry duties as part of each shift, including loading dirty laundry into the machines, loading and/or taking clean washing out of the dryers, and folding all clean items.
  • At times some minor animal handling involved (to minimize negative effects on wild animals).

What skills and characteristics do I need?

  • Confidence in working with animals
  • Resilience – you will see and be required to care for animals with various illnesses or injuries and this can be confronting and upsetting
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be physically fit (able to lift 10kg) and able to stand for long periods
  • Attention to detail and able to accurately follow instructions
  • Enjoy working in a team environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Hard working and committed to the RSPCA

When can I volunteer?

  • We have two volunteer roles available in the hospital across a range of times on a 7-day roster. 
  • Volunteer Roles: Wildlife Ward Support and Feeding Baby Birds
  • We request a minimum commitment of 1 x four hour shift per week for a minimum of 3 months to ensure consistency and continuity with the animals.   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.

For further information, please contact our Brisbane Volunteer Coordinators on 3426 9915 or or click "Fill in an application" above.