Wildlife & Horticulture Volunteer Program


               currumbin's conservation champions

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the 15 National Trust of Australia Queensland's properties and is the largest. The Sanctuary has a huge array of wildlife including Australian natives and exotic species, and houses more than 1000 mammals, birds and reptiles, participating in 15 conservation projects.  It is vital we continue the important conservation work at The Sanctuary to save animals from extinction and preserve for future generations to enjoy, and we couldn't do that without the help of our amazing and committed team of Wildlife and Horticulture volunteers. Its a real privilege to work at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful oasis on the Gold Coast, an iconic destination for over 75 years. 

We would love you to join our friendly team of volunteers if you have a love of Australian fauna and flora, enjoy physical work and getting your hands dirty, work well in a team environment, and are able to commit to 6 months of volunteering coming in one day week. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife and Horticulture Volunteers play a major role assisting our Wildlife keepers and Horticulture staff to care for our precious wildlife and botanical displays. Volunteers work alongside our wildlife keepers and horticulture staff on their daily rounds assisting with the cleaning and feeding of all the animals that call the Sanctuary home and maintaining the gardens throughout the park.

There are a number of different roles in the Wildlife and Horticulture Volunteer Program to choose from which include:

  • Koala round
  • Mammal round
  • Bird round
  • Lost Valley Exotic Precinct
  • Presentation Support
  • Gardening Guru's

More information about each individual round can be found below. 

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VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Bird Round

BIRD ROUND

The bird round position suits a person with a passion for Australian wildlife and a keen interest in Australian birds, who enjoys cleaning and working outdoors as part of a team. It takes great commitment to assist with the daily care of our wildlife as well as dedication, and attention to detail to ensure all aspects of the animal’s welfare are provided for.

Level of Fitness: A high level of physical fitness is required for this role.

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On the bird rounds you will encounter a variety of Australian birds in our many aviaries including black-neck stork, king parrot, gang-gang cockatoo, rose-crown fruit dove and tawny frogmouths to name a few.

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Cleaning the enclosures is a substantial part of this role, so be prepared for a physical day, up to 8 hours on your feet in all weather.  Tasks include daily cleaning in the enclosures including raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing perching and enclosure furniture, de cobwebbing and cleaning windows.

Refurbishing the animal enclosures and general maintenance is carried out on a regular basis and includes mulching, sanding, weeding, browse changing, painting, replacing perching and cleaning wildlife signage throughout the park.

Food preparation is a large part of the role and includes chopping up many different varieties of food, washing dishes, washing water bowls, participating in feeding the animals and preparation of making animal enrichments.

Observations of the animals.

Assisting guests and answering general enquires regarding the park and the animals.

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Monday to Sunday 6.30am – 3.30pm or 6.30am-12noon, 1 day a week for at least 6-months

TEAM BENEFITS 

The Wildlife Volunteer Program has a registration fee of $60 which provides the following benefits:

Volunteer uniform which includes a polo shirt, cap, and badge. You will need to provide your own work boots with ankle support and khaki shorts or trousers.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Team Member card with many benefits

APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a three-part application process involving an online application, on-site interview, and up to four trial shifts.

Placement within any Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer program is limited, and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that to protect both our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.

*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.

Koala Habitat

KOALA HABITAT

The koala habitat position suits a person with a passion for Australian wildlife and a keen interest in koalas, who enjoys cleaning and working outdoors as part of a team. It takes great commitment to assist with the daily care of our wildlife as well as dedication, and attention to detail to ensure all aspects of the animal’s welfare are provided for.

This position is a physical role and involves daily cleaning of the koala enclosures, food preparation and providing environmental enrichment, along with assisting our guests during encounters.

This is a long-term role with a minimum 6-month weekly commitment due to the training required for this unique and privileged role. We encourage volunteers to continue in the program for longer if able.

Level of Fitness: A high level of physical fitness is required for this role.

The range of animals in the Sanctuary is diverse and includes a huge variety of Australian native fauna and some guest exotic species. In the koala habitat you will encounter over 50 koalas, each with their own personalities.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Wildlife Volunteers play an important role assisting our Specialist Wildlife keepers in the daily care of our precious wildlife at The Sanctuary, as well as helping to make our guests feel welcome. Wildlife volunteers work alongside our wildlife keepers on their daily rounds assisting with the cleaning and feeding of the animals who call the Sanctuary home.

Cleaning the enclosures is a substantial part of this role, so be prepared for a physical day.

 

Daily cleaning tasks in the enclosures will include raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing perching and enclosure furniture, de cobwebbing and cleaning windows.

Refurbishing the animal enclosures and general maintenance is carried out on a regular basis and includes mulching, sanding, weeding, browse changing, painting, replacing perching and cleaning wildlife signage throughout the park.

 

Food preparation is a large part of the role and includes selecting and sorting many different varieties of eucalyptus gum leaves, washing water bowls, participating in feeding the animals and preparation of making animal enrichments.

 

Observations of the animals.

 

Assisting guests and answering general enquires regarding the park and the animals.

 

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Saturday to Wednesday 7am-3:30pm or 7am-11:30am, Thursday/Friday 8am-3.30pm or 8am-11.30am, 1 day a week for at least 6-months

TEAM BENEFITS

The Wildlife Volunteer Program has a registration fee of $60 which provides the following benefits:

Volunteer uniform which includes a polo shirt, cap, and badge. You will need to provide your own work boots with ankle support and khaki shorts or trousers.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Team Member card with many benefits

 APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a three-part application process involving an online application, on-site interview, and up to four trial shifts.

Placement within any Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer program is limited, and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that to protect both our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.

*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.

Lost Valley Exotic Precinct

LOST VALLEY EXOTIC PRECINCT

The lost valley exotic precinct position is only open to existing volunteers with at least 6 months experience or experienced wildlife workers.  This role suits a person with a passion for exotics and Australian wildlife, and a keen interest in variety of species including birds, mammals, and reptiles, who enjoys cleaning and working outdoors as part of a team. It takes great commitment to assist with the daily care of our wildlife as well as dedication, and attention to detail to ensure all aspects of the animal’s welfare are provided for.

Level of Fitness: A high level of physical fitness is required for this role.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Wildlife Volunteers play an important role assisting our Specialist Wildlife keepers in the daily care of our precious wildlife at The Sanctuary, as well as helping to make our guests feel welcome. Wildlife volunteers work alongside our wildlife keepers on their daily rounds assisting with the cleaning and feeding of the animals who call the Sanctuary home.

The range of animals in the Sanctuary is diverse and includes a huge variety of Australian native fauna and some guest exotic species. In the lost valley exotic precinct position you will encounter a variety of exotic and Australian birds, mammals, and reptiles.

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WHAT ARE THE TASKS

Cleaning the enclosures is a substantial part of this role, so be prepared for a physical day, up to 8 hours on your feet in all weather, able to bend and lift up to 10kg.  Daily cleaning tasks in the enclosures will include raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing perching and enclosure furniture, de cobwebbing and cleaning windows.

Refurbishing the animal enclosures and general maintenance is carried out on a regular basis and includes mulching, sanding, weeding, browse changing, painting, replacing perching and cleaning wildlife signage throughout the park.

Food preparation is a large part of the role and includes chopping up many different varieties of food, washing dishes, washing water bowls, participating in feeding the animals and preparation of making animal enrichments.

Observations of the animals.

Assisting guests and answering general enquires regarding the park and the animals.

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Monday to Sunday 7am – 4pm or 7am -12noon, 1 day a week for at least 6-months

TEAM BENEFITS

The Wildlife Volunteer Program has a registration fee of $60 which provides the following benefits:

Volunteer uniform which includes a polo shirt, cap, and badge. You will need to provide your own work boots with ankle support and khaki shorts or trousers.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Team Member card with many benefits

 APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a three-part application process involving an online application, on-site interview, and up to four trial shifts.

Placement within any Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer program is limited, and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that to protect both our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.

*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.

Mammals Round

MAMMALS ROUND

The mammal round position suits a person with a passion for Australian wildlife and a keen interest in Australian mammals, who enjoys cleaning and working outdoors as part of a team. It takes great commitment to assist with the daily care of our wildlife as well as dedication, and attention to detail to ensure all aspects of the animal’s welfare are provided for.

Level of Fitness: A high level of physical fitness is required for this role.

The range of animals in the Sanctuary is diverse and includes a huge variety of Australian native fauna and some guest exotic species. On the mammal rounds you will encounter a variety of kangaroos, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils, wombats, koalas, echidnas, dingoes, gliders, and a variety of smaller mammals.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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Tasks include daily cleaning of the enclosures including raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing perching and enclosure furniture, de cobwebbing and cleaning windows.

Refurbishing the animal enclosures and general maintenance is carried out on a regular basis and includes mulching, sanding, weeding, browse changing, painting, replacing perching and cleaning wildlife signage throughout the park.

Food preparation is a large part of the role and includes chopping up many different varieties of food, washing dishes, washing water bowls, participating in feeding the animals and preparation of making animal enrichments.

Observations of the animals.

Assisting guests and answering general enquires regarding the park and the animals.

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Monday to Sunday 7am – 4pm, or 7am - 12noon, 1 day a week for at least 6-months

TEAM BENEFITS

The Wildlife Volunteer Program has a registration fee of $60 which provides the following benefits:

Volunteer uniform which includes a polo shirt, cap, and badge. You will need to provide your own work boots with ankle support and khaki shorts or trousers.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Team Member card with many benefits

 APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a three-part application process involving an online application, on-site interview, and up to four trial shifts.

Placement within any Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer program is limited, and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that to protect both our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.

*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.

Presentations Support

PRESENTATIONS SUPPORT

The presentations support position suits a person with a passion for Australian wildlife and exotic wildlife, and a keen interest in animal training, who enjoys cleaning and working outdoors as part of a team. It takes great commitment to assist with the daily care of our wildlife as well as dedication, and attention to detail to ensure all aspects of the animal’s welfare are provided for. The animals in the presentations department star in our daily shows that educate our guests about wildlife and conservation.

This position is a physical role and involves daily cleaning of the presentation enclosures, food preparation and providing environmental enrichment.  Involvement in customer service and interacting with our guests is also part of this role during wildlife encounters and photo opportunities. 

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This is a long-term role with a minimum 6-month weekly commitment due to the training required for this unique role. We encourage volunteers to continue in the program for longer if able.

Level of Fitness: A high level of physical fitness is required for this role.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Wildlife Volunteers play an important role assisting our Specialist Wildlife keepers in the daily care of our precious wildlife at The Sanctuary, as well as helping to make our guests feel welcome. Wildlife volunteers work alongside our wildlife keepers on their daily rounds assisting with the cleaning and feeding of the animals who call the Sanctuary home.

The range of animals in the Sanctuary is diverse and includes a huge variety of Australian native fauna and some guest exotic species. In the presentation support you will encounter a variety of Australian and exotic birds as well as some mammals.

Tasks include daily cleaning of the enclosures which is a substantial part of this role, so be prepared for a physical day. Daily cleaning tasks in the enclosures will include raking, sweeping, hosing, scrubbing perching and enclosure furniture, de cobwebbing and cleaning windows.

Refurbishing the animal enclosures and general maintenance is carried out on a regular basis and includes mulching, sanding, weeding, browse changing, painting, replacing perching and cleaning wildlife signage throughout the park.

 

Food preparation is a large part of the role and includes chopping up many different varieties of food, washing dishes, washing water bowls, participating in feeding the animals and preparation of making animal enrichments.

 

Observations of the animals.

 

Assisting guests and answering general enquires regarding the park and the animals.

 

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VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Monday to Sunday 7.30am – 4pm, 1 day a week for at least 6-months

TEAM BENEFITS

The Wildlife Volunteer Program has a registration fee of $60 which provides the following benefits:

Volunteer uniform which includes a polo shirt, cap, and badge. You will need to provide your own work boots with ankle support and khaki shorts or trousers.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Team Member card with many benefits

 APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a three-part application process involving an online application, on-site interview, and up to four trial shifts.

Placement within any Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer program is limited, and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that to protect both our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.

*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.

Gardening Gurus

GARDENING GURU'S

The gardening guru’s position suits a person with a passion for Australian plants and wildlife with a keen interest in Horticulture, who enjoys getting their hands dirty and working outdoors as part of a team. It takes great commitment and dedication to assist with the daily care of the Sanctuary’s vast gardens, spread over 27 hectares.

This position is a physical role and involves daily maintenance of the gardens, as well as planting, along with assisting our guests too.

This is a long-term role with a minimum 6-month weekly commitment due to the training required for this rewarding role. We encourage volunteers to continue in the program for longer if able.

Level of Fitness: A high level of physical fitness is required for this role with the ability to be on your feet for up to 6 hours working outdoors in all weather conditions.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Horticulture Volunteers play a major role assisting our horticultural staff in the care and planting of all the botanical displays throughout the Sanctuary. Volunteers also assist in helping to make our guests feel welcome.  The Gardening Guru Volunteers are a small team of gardening enthusiasts.

WHAT ARE THE TASKS

Daily care tasks will include raking, sweeping, hosing, tidying up leaves, collecting branches and palm fronds, weeding, pruning, watering, planting, mulching, maintenance of potted plants, cleaning of signs and fertilizing.

 

Must have previous experience working with Australian Native plants and a keen desire to learn and perform all the duties involved.

 

Experience with bush regeneration highly regarded.

 

Assisting guests and answering general enquires regarding the park and the animals.

 

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 7am to 1:30pm, 1 day a week for at least 6-months

 TEAM BENEFITS

The Wildlife Volunteer Program has a registration fee of $60 which provides the following benefits:

Volunteer uniform which includes a polo shirt, cap, and badge. You will need to provide your own work boots with ankle support and khaki shorts or trousers.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Team Member card with many benefits

APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a three-part application process involving an online application, on-site interview, and up to four trial shifts.

Placement within any Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer program is limited, and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that to protect both our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.

*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.

TEAM BENEFITS

The Wildlife Volunteer Program has a registration fee of $60 which provides the following benefits:

Volunteer uniform which includes a polo shirt, cap, and badge. You will need to provide your own work boots with ankle support and khaki shorts or trousers.

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Team Member card with many benefits

 APPLICATION PROCESS

There is a three-part application process involving an online application, on-site interview, and up to four trial shifts.

Placement within any Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer program is limited, and no guarantee of acceptance will be given. Thank you for understanding that to protect both our animals and sanctuary operations, only people who meet the selection criteria and program requirements can be accepted into the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer programs.

*Please note that our volunteer programs are not currently open to international visitors.

Mission Statement

Our Mission:

To conserve and advance our natural and cultural heritage for future generations.