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  Volunteering at RSPCA Peninsula

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Throughout the year, we have a range of volunteer opportunities available at RSPCA Peninsula.

To work directly with RSPCA animals, experience with family pets, or in another animal-related field is essential. Professional experience and/or qualifications are not required, however they are beneficial for some roles.

The ability to commit to a regular weekly or fortnightly 4-hour shift for a minimum of six months is required and you must be a minimum of 15 years of age.

Examples of volunteer roles at RSPCA Peninsula include:

Hands-on animal related roles

  • Cattery - cleaning, feeding and caring for cats and kittens
  • Kennels - cleaning, feeding, and caring for dogs and puppies
  • Livestock - cleaning, feeding and caring for horses, goats, sheep

  • Vet Nurse Assistant - working in our busy vet clinic. Tasks include cleaning, feeding and caring for our shelter animals and private pets before and after surgery. There are limited roles available.

Non animal related roles

  • Events Assistant - assisting with major external and smaller internal events.
  • Administration/reception assistant - assisting with general administration and reception tasks.
  • Op Shop Assistant - assisting in the day to day running of our Op Shops.
  • Retail assistant - assisting in our retail stores.
  • Grounds Maintenance - assisting our maintenance team in maintaining the grounds at our Peninsula Shelter.
  • Skilled volunteers - if you have professional skills that you wish to look at offering the RSPCA please email your resume and area of interest to Volunteer Resources.

What time commitment is required?

At RSPCA Peninsula, volunteers need to commit to either a weekly or fortnightly shift in the morning or afternoon on a weekday or weekend, for a minimum of six months.

Animal-related roles work on a structured roster to ensure that we have adequate resources to meet the needs of the animals in our care on a daily basis. Roles in our shelter and clinic are generally three to four hour shifts e.g 8.00am - 12.00 noon and 1.00pm - 4.00pm in the shelter, or 8.30am - 12.30pm and 12.30pm - 4.30pm in the clinic.

Hours required for other roles vary and can be discussed at the interview stage.

Please note that we do not offer short-term, secondary school, community service roles or one-off volunteering opportunities for individuals or groups at our Peninsula Shelter.

If I'm interested, what's the next step?

The first step is to complete an application form and if we have a position matching your skills, you may be invited to attend a 1-hour information session and a 3-hour orientation (including relaxed group interview and training). 

We are very lucky to have lots of volunteers supporting us at the moment, so new applications are not being accepted. Applications will reopen in early August 2014 (for our September information session) so please visit this page again closer to the time.



                           
Information
Volunteer Recruitment
We are very lucky to have lots of volunteers supporting us at the moment, so new applications are not being accepted.

Applications will reopen in early August 2014 (for our September information session). 

RSPCA Victoria welcomes the involvement of Corporate Volunteers and has an established program in place at both our Burwood East
and Peninsula sites.

The contribution of Corporate Volunteers
enhances the RSPCA's operations by
providing much-needed practical assistance.

How do I get involved?

RSPCA Victoria has a number of established corporate partners actively participating in this program. Please check with your employer to see if an arrangement is already in place

New corporate partners are welcomed at the RSPCA. Please read below for more information:
  • Prior to an activity being arranged, new corporate partners must review the Corporate Volunteering Agreement. A representative with appropriate authority to sign off on behalf of all staff from your organisation must approve the Agreement.
  • The RSPCA requires confirmation that the participating company offers Workcover insurance for their corporate volunteers via an RSPCA Corporate Volunteer Agreement
  • Organisations need to provide a central contact person to manage their staff enquiries.
  • An established calendar of activities is in place. For enquiries regarding available activities please contact Lisa Bretnall.

What sorts of volunteering activities can I do?

The RSPCA is conscious of best work practice and safety for volunteers and the animals in our care. Due to the limited time involved in corporate volunteering days and the training and supervision required to handle animals, we are unable to offer opportunities to work directly with animals. A tour of the property is included in most corporate volunteer activities and this provides an opportunity to see the animals in our care and gain an overview of our animal welfare work.

Maintenance/gardening - suitable for 6 – 10 volunteers

Involves working on the grounds of the RSPCA Peninsula site. Tasks may include minor maintenance and painting tasks or gardening (weeding garden beds, watering, mulching etc). Full supervision will be provided and volunteers must be capable of physical work.

Special Event - suitable for up to 30 volunteers depending on the event

Major events (usually on weekends) such as Million Paws Walk in May at Hastings, require assistance with event set-up. There is also capacity for assistance on the event day helping with the BBQ's, registration etc.

Skilled Projects

On occasion the RSPCA requires the assistance of corporate volunteers with specialist skills to assist with project based work. If you would like to discuss opportunities to offer your skills and you have employer support to get involved, please email Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Bretnall

Frequently Asked Questions

Will we get to see the animals?

Unless otherwise advised, corporate volunteers will be offered a tour of the premises. Tours cover our Shelter and Clinic facilities and you will have the opportunity to have some contact with animals in the adoption areas.

Will someone show me what to do?

All corporate volunteers have a dedicated supervisor who will be available at all times and will demonstrate the tasks to be completed. A supervisor will be available at all times.

Can I work hands on with the animals?

The RSPCA is conscious of best work practice and safety for volunteers and the animals in our care. Due to the limited time involved in corporate volunteering days and the training and supervision required to handle animals, we are unable to offer opportunities to work directly with animals. A tour of the property is included in most corporate volunteer activities and this provides an opportunity to see the animals.

What staff facilities are available?

A kitchen with tea and coffee, microwave and refrigerator.

What do we wear?

Details will be provided for your specific activity when you book.

What time are the activities?

Generally corporate volunteer activities run for a full day as this is the period of leave provided by employers to staff. Times for specific activities will be confirmed with you.

How do we find out about what activities are available?

A calendar of activities is in place. To find out what is available contact Lisa Bretnall. Please note that our activities are often booked two to three months in advance. 

Information

P 03 9224 2222
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Email Volunteer Coordinator

Work experience at RSPCA Peninsula


Unfortunately we are not currently operating a work experience program at RSPCA Peninsula. 

For opportunities to actively learn about animal care and welfare, we would recommend students consider joining in the fun of our Education youth holiday programs. Don't forget, there are also lots of other ways you students can get involved and learn about animal welfare.
More information
Browse the Education youth holiday programs we have available. 




 
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