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Zoo and Animal Caretaker

Townsville, Australia show on map

Work along with staff and other volunteers from all walks of life at a privately-owned zoo that is dedicated to the care of Australia’s native wildlife!

Are you a nature lover? Then venture in to Australia and be part of a unique opportunity and gain the satisfaction that comes from working in a great environment with an amazing team. Work along with staff and other volunteers from all walks of life at a privately-owned zoo that is dedicated to the care of Australia’s native wildlife in their natural habitat. Animals include thousands of birds, koalas, crocodiles, eclectus parrots, squirrel gliders, crocodiles, kangaroos, red-tailed cockatoos, snakes, lizards and so many more!

The Sanctuary is quite popular with many of the local schools, and is recognized as an Advanced Ecotourism Attraction, winning numerous tourism awards. As a volunteer, you will be working shoulder to shoulder with the rangers, where you will perform a variety of duties based on experience and competence. While the minimum duration for a volunteer is two weeks, volunteering for a longer period allows you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge about Australia’s native wildlife and working at a Zoo. This project is perfect for you if you enjoy wildlife and want to live/work in an amazing environment. You will dedicate your time towards the conservation of native wildlife and assist in educating and entertain ing visitors. Volunteers play an important role in the Sanctuary. The work is rewarding but can be physically demanding and by no means an ’easy holiday option’!

Typical day

Volunteers play a vital role at the zoo in assisting with the daily activities. Your work will depend on the area you are interested in and will mostly be focused on cleaning, maintenance and food preparation. You will participate in the volunteer training program where training will be done in various activities and progress through Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Skills and for appropriate volunteers, to Specialist Skills. The amount and type of animal interaction that volunteers are involved with generally increases with progression through the skill levels. Some volunteers will be asked to perform different duties that you would not be allowed to perform. This is only because they have been volunteering for much longer than you and in time you can also have the same opportunities. Your responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Preparing enclosures and the grounds for daily visitors. This includes raking, cleaning, feeding and of course, picking up poo!
  • Preparing food and treats for our animals (including carnivores)
  • Assisting the Rangers in presenting our daily wildlife talks and facilitating animal interactions
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the grounds
  • Assisting the Rangers with their duties, such as weighing our animals and undertaking health checks
  • Helping our visitors get the most out of their time at the Sanctuary
  • Assisting the Rangers with tour groups
  • Other specialised activities, such as preparing educational material, gardening, construction and visitor assistance.

Details on Arrival

There are no specific start/arrival dates however, we recommend that you start the project on a Monday.

Free-time activities

On days off, volunteers can go sightseeing to nearby Museums and Parks. Lots of activity such as; diving/snorkling, water sports, boat tours, helicopter tours and more also available however, this will be at the volunteers expense.

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Museum/Opera

Program Requirements

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)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fees includes:

  • Local Homestay or hostel in Townsville.
  • Meals included at homestay and not included if you choose to stay at the hostel.
  • Fly to Townsville Airport where your homestay family will be waiting on you. 
  • Ongoing Service and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Airport Pickup at Townsville Airport

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation if you choose the stay at a Host family, If you choose to stay at a hostel then we would assist you in arranging your shuttle.

Accommodation
You will stay with a local homestay family where you will have your own room, access to kitchen and laundry facilities, WI-FI and experience the true Australian culture. You also have the option of staying at a local hostel.
Guest Family Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

If you choose to stay at a Host Family, healthy delicious meals will be provided. If you choose the Hostel then you'll have to prepare your own meals.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Townsville Airport (TSV) in Townsville. 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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Australia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Australia.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$995.00
3 weeks
$1,195.00
4 weeks
$1,395.00
5 weeks
$1,595.00
6 weeks
$1,795.00
7 weeks
$1,995.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,995.00
Average fees
$374.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Townsville/Australia between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Australia.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
  Oceania Australia and New Zealand Australia  Townsville, 11 Country Rd, Nome QLD 4816

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