WA Wildlife's Recovery Ward program is for anyone interested in rehabilitating wildlife (there are no pre-requisites). Recovery Ward volunteers need to attend a minimum of one shift per week (8.30am - 2.30pm or 2.30pm - 8.30pm). Volunteers will work in our wildlife hospital under the guidance of one of our Veterinarians and/or an experienced volunteer and are responsible for the following tasks:
- Record keeping.
- Administering non prescription medications.
- Administering fluids and food via syringe or tube.
- Triaging new patients admitted to the wildlife hospital.
- Answering incoming phone calls and admitting new patients arriving at the hospital.
- Preparing food for a variety of animals.
- Cleaning cages, vivariums or other housing facilities.
- Washing dishes, laundry, perches and equipment.
- Sweeping, mopping of centre facilities.
- Weighing animals.
- Handling a variety of animals.
- Assisting veterinarians with various procedures.
Minimum exposure to human beings ensures that animals in care recover swiftly, suffer less stress and are less susceptible to human conditioning and dependence. Unlike zoos or wildlife parks (which are stocked with domesticated, permanent animals) wildlife hospitals generally offer a 'hands off' wildlife experience. Even though animal handling/interaction is very low, you will have the opportunity to help sick and injured wildlife return to the wild. This process is crucial for their long-term survival and a privilege to experience. We train all volunteers on site and you do not need to have previous experience working with animals. However, in order to volunteer you must be over 18 years of age and is recommended you have a current tetanus vaccination.
Please note this position is advertised by the City of Cockburn Volunteer Resource Centre on behalf of the organisation above.