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.