Wildlife Rescue Supporter

founded in 2010
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Rescue some of the thousands of precious Australian indigenous animals who are forced from their natural habitat This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The program

This heart-warming wildlife rescue program aims to save some of the thousands of precious Australian indigenous animals who are forced from their natural habitat, injured, orphaned or become sick as a result of increasing proximity to humans and domestic pets, or as a result of natural disasters such as fire and flood.  Dedicated staff and volunteers at the shelters we support have rescued and rehabilitated thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native Australian wildlife and nursed them back to health so that they could be successfully re-introduced to their natural habitat. As they receive no ongoing government funding the rescue centres rely on donations from the public and the generous contribution of volunteers, both national and international, to remain operational. Volunteers will find this a challenging and hands-on role, working directly with the shelter team to save and care for the precious animals. Join us on this truly inspirational project in the beauty and serenity of Australia's native environment and help save its iconic natural inhabitants!

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide a safe place for mis-treated animals 
  • Provide rescue, medical attention and rehabilitation to injured animals  
  • Provide a temporary home, food and water for animals in need of care
  • Provide an opportunity for cross cultural exchange between volunteers and locals

How you can help

  • Volunteers are desperately needed to assist with Wildlife Rescue efforts in Australia. Dedicated local staff work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate thousands of animals and they cannot do this without the invaluable support of a willing volunteer workforce.

    Volunteers are primarily placed into an established Wildlife Rescue Centre near Yackandandah, in the state of Victoria. Providing emergency rescue, medical care and rehabilitation to thousands of animals every year the centre is constantly busy and home to displaced, injured and orphaned kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, native birds, koalas and many more.  

    For those wishing to work in a coastal setting we are fortunate to support a Wildlife Rescue Centre in Tasmania. Located in a beachside resort town amidst conservation areas and forest reserves the Centre rescues and rehabilitates native species including marsupials, birds and penguins. Volunteers are needed to assist with animal care primarily but those with construction or building skills are also very much welcomed to assist with the development of the shelter.    

    Additionally we offer placements in Corryong, Victoria, on a project set up in response to the devastating Australian bushfires. Providing critical assistance to animals impacted by the fires, the project rehabilitates rescued wombats and sets up and replenishes crucial food and water stations in the fire affected bushland, providing life-saving nourishment to surviving animals.

    On all of these placements volunteers will be kept busy and engaged on a variety of tasks. The daily schedule of feeding, cleaning, and collecting resources is a busy one so the centres desperately need volunteers to assist with tasks such as bottle feeding infant animals, collecting native food materials, assisting with medical treatment as required and and ensuring the shelter is kept clean and well maintained. Care for the rescued animals is required 24/7 so the projects operate a flexible seven day working week. There is an excellent camaraderie between local and international volunteers alike, dedicated to a common cause.

    Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

    • Feeding and exercising the animals
    • Assisting in rescue calls and providing emergency medical treatment
    • Cleaning and maintenance work in the shelter
    • Playing with the animals
    • Administration, fundraising and other responsibilities where required 

Typical day

Volunteers are hands-on in this working shelter which provides care to animals in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A flexible and hard-working attitude is essential. A day in the life of a volunteer at the Shelter is likely to look something like this:

6:30am Breakfast at the Shelter


8:00am Morning duties

- Feeding animals - Cleaning enclosures - Maintenance of enclosures - Cleaning feeding equipment - Washing animal laundry items

10:30am Break for morning tea

11:00am Assisting with exercising the animals and supervising playtime. Finish feeding duties.

11:45am Prepare lunch

12:00pm Lunch at the Shelter

1:00pm Complete morning duties and prepare for afternoon feeding

4:00pm Afternoon feeding, cleaning and maintenance duties

6:30pm Preparation of dinner for the staff and volunteers

7:00pm Dinner at the Shelter and free-time

8:00pm Night feed in the nursery

12:00am Midnight feed in the nursery for baby animals

Free-time activities

This wonderful program supports a number of Wildlife Rescue Centres in remote and beautiful Australian locations.

The primary Wildlife Shelter into which volunteers are placed is situated in Stanley State Forest in the state of Victoria, rich in wildlife and native diversity. The nearby town of Yackandandah is a former gold mining region and now a haven for artists and artisans. Rich in history and natural resources the area offers a glimpse into life in the gold rush era.

For volunteers who prefer to be near the beach we are fortunate to work with a Wildlife Rescue Centre on the island state of Tasmania, off Australia's south eastern coast.  Stunningly picturesque coastline and natural environmental make this a popular destination for holiday makers and a beautiful location in which to volunteer.

We also work with a small rescue centre in Corryong, in the state of Victoria. Surrounded by native bush and national parks the area is home to an abundance of native wildlife. Set up in response to the devastating fires in 2019 this Shelter offers volunteers the opportunity to assist in the rescue and recovery of animals injured and left homeless by the complete devastation of their natural environment.   



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Emergency contact and Vaccination Certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The program is strictly limited to those 18 years and over and is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. Participants need not have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration fee included

Volunteers in Yackandandah are accommodated on-site in a shared, 3 person cabin. Bathroom facilities are basic but clean with an 'outback' toilet and hot rainwater shower. Please be aware that frequent droughts can mean that water is often a scarce commodity. The Shelter is in a remote location and electricity is provided by way of a generator, only turned on at night.  
Linen is provided and laundry done by the project owner, Glenda. Volunteers should bring their own towel and personal toiletries.

For those opting for a placement in Tasmania accommodation is provided on-site in a shared, 3 person cabin complete with kitchenette and bathroom facilities.  Linen and towels are provided and laundry can be done on-site once a week.

Volunteers on the fire response project in Corryong stay on-site in a 2 person room in the home of the program owners.  All the comfort you would expect of a home away from home are provided.

Volunteers are advised to bring old, sturdy clothing and footwear suitable for the conditions and nature of the work.

The local team will do their best to allow you some downtime but they are often very busy. If you find you need a break please do let them know. The Shelters are remotely located and transport is dependent on local staff.  Please let the team know if you would like to be taken into town and be patient.

Wi-Fi is not available on-site and volunteers are advised to take their mobile phone and purchase a local data package which may allow them internet connection from the Shelter.

Food & Beverages
Three meals per day are provided on site. Volunteers help with meal preparation and clean-up and meals are wholesome and well deserved after a hard days' work!
Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tullamarine Airport (MEL) in Melbourne. We assist you to find cheap flights to Australia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Australia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Australia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Australia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every THURSDAY in Yackandandah. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

For those opting to volunteer in our alternative locations of Tasmania and Corryong:

For those opting for Tasmania:

  • Pick-up from: Bicheno, Tasmania
  • Arrival Day: TUESDAY
  • Departure Day: TUESDAY
  • Arrival Airport: Hobart (code HBA)
  • 4pm bus to Bicheno

For those opting for Corryong:

  • Pick-up: Corryong, Victoria
  • Arrival: Any day
  • Arrival Airport: Melbourne International Airport (MEL) or Sydney International Airport (SYD)
  • Domestic flight to Albury, 2pm bus to Corryong

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
11 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$611 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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