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Zoo & Wildlife Hospital Animal Caretaker

Beerwah, Australia show on map

Volunteer at the Irwin's Australia Zoo Wildlife hospital and care, rehabilitate and release native Australian Wildlife!

Are you ready to get your hands dirty for a good cause? Then take advantage of this unique volunteer opportunity to help protect Australia’s threatened and endangered wildlife. The Wildlife Hospital where you will volunteer is the largest and busiest purpose built facility of its’ kind in the world and has treated over 70,000 animals since opening in 2004.  

You will join the team of dedicated wildlife professionals to provide ‘first-class care for sick, injured and orphaned animals’ that come into the facility every week. You’ll work alongside experienced animal keepers as you assist them with the husbandry and care related duties of these animals, including Koalas - there may also be some guest related activities. Providing an environment which is conducive to their recovery and rehabilitation is crucial, so there is minimal to no animal contact involved. You will however be rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that these animals will have the greatest opportunity to be released back into their natural habitat. 

If you are passionate about wildlife care, are hardworking, physically fit and motivated, then this project is perfect for you! Volunteers play an important role at the Wildlife Hospital! Although the work can be physically demanding and is by no means an ‘easy holiday option’, being a volunteer at the largest & busiest wildlife hospital in the world is undoubtedly a truly rewarding and unique experience.

Typical day

As a volunteer, you will be required to assist the Wildlife Hospital team and other volunteers at the project with various duties. See below for some of the most commonly required volunteer tasks during the first two weeks of the volunteer placement:

  • Preparing Koala paste feeds, Preparing equipment for enclosure cleans, Removing old Koala leaf out of enclosures (Leaf = Eucalyptus leaves – koala food), Observing Koala's behaviour during cleaning processes (if any unusual or irregular behaviours demonstrated, advise animal keeper so they can investigate/assess further). The ability to provide detailed observations is important in volunteers, as the volunteers spend a lot of time in the vicinity of the animals in care and may be likely to notice things which may need to be reported. Cleaning Koala enclosures (complete cleans, wet cleans, dry cleans...) and Assist with the leaf out procedure (Replacing old leaf with fresh leaf every day)
  • Counting Koalas in our plantation – Open area of native eucalypt trees where koalas are settled before being released back into the wild.
  • Gardening and general maintenance of exterior areas of the hospital (if needed)- This includes weeding, watering the garden, trimming/pruning etc. Assisting nurses/keepers with the cleaning of the sea turtle pool, Laundry, Kitchen cleans (dishes, floors etc.), Window Cleans and General hospital facility maintenance
  • Once you have completed your first two weeks at the project, you may also get the opportunity to participate in the duties as follows; Assist with Koala Paste Feeds, Assist the Bird and Reptile nurse with cleaning enclosures, Assisting the ICU nurse with cleaning enclosures,Assisting nurse with preparing feeds for turtles, reptiles and birds, Depending on operational considerations volunteers may have the opportunity to watch/observe the vets and nurses in treatment room on some afternoons.  This should not be considered a guaranteed or regular activity. And assist with the tidy/clean of the treatment and triage areas.
  • ICU koalas require some sun time each day – volunteers may have the opportunity to sit with them for that time (Occasionally reptiles and birds) 
  • Collect flowers and browse and assist in creating bird enrichment
  • Cut and prepare possum browse

Details on Arrival

There are no specific arrival dates or requirements.

Free-time activities

Located in Beerwah within the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 25 minutes west of the centre of the Sunshine Coast and just over an hour north of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital and largest city.


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 Documents
Resume, application forms, liability waiver, Pictures, Policies & Procedures and Letter of motivation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Be flexible, open minded and a team player.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 17:00

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On-site services

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The fees include

  • Shared bedroom at a B&B hostel a walking distance away from the program
  • A free days entry to Australia zoo
  • Airport pick and transfer to your accommodation near the program
  • Taxes
  • ongoing service and on location emergency support

Airport Pickup at Brisbane Airport

Fly to Brisbane Airport where you will be transferred to your accommodation by bus shuttle.


You will have a private or shared room staying at a nearby Hostel. Pleas bereminded that you'll need to bring a few things from home, such as; Neutral coloured shoes that are suitable and durable that you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. Waterproof boots/shoes would be beneficial where the work would include hosing, raking etc. All volunteers are provided with a cap and a volunteer shirt. You will pay a $50 deposit for the shirt and this is returned to you at the end of your volunteer duration after you return the shirt. Due to quarantine requirements, clean, washed clothing must be worn each day.  Check with the volunteer co-ordinator on arrival regarding availability of additional shirt for use during your placement. Neutral coloured shorts or pants. (Shorts must be at least knee length. No jeans, leggings, tights or athletic wear – e.g. spandex), Raincoat or waterproof/water-resistant jacket is recommended, Dark, neutral coloured jumper/jacket – if required during cooler months, sunglasses, sunblock and insect repellant is recommended. A water bottle is a must and Once your placement has been confirmed, you will be provided with further information to assist with the planning for your placement.

Dorm Room
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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Brisbane Airport (BNE) in Brisbane. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Beerwah/Australia between 4 weeks and 6 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%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
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  Beerwah, 1638 Steve Irwin Way

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