Opening Hours

General Hours: 
Most Days: 9am - 5pm
Wednesdays:  10am - 5pm
CLOSED: Sundays and Public Holidays

Animal Viewing Hours:  10am - 4pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with RSPCA ACT. Please see information on the type of roles available below.

We rely on the community to continue to provide care for the thousands of animals that come into our shelter every year. Volunteers are extremely important to us and we rely on their support to assist us to provide care for the thousands of animals that come into our shelter each year.

Our dedicated volunteers provide invaluable assistance in many different areas and are an indispensable and important part of our organisation.

The following requirements apply RSPCA ACT volunteers:

  1. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  2. Volunteers must hold Working with Vulnerable People registration. You can apply for this online through Access Canberra. Please use the following contact details on your application:
    • Gemma Hogben
      Volunteer Program Manager
      02 6287 8127
  3. Volunteers working at the shelter, in animal-based roles, need to commit to a minimum contribution of one two-hour shift per week, for a six-month period;
  4. Volunteers are required to complete our online induction program;
  5. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session during weekday business hours;
  6. For safety reasons, volunteers working with animals must meet the RSPCA ACT essential capabilities for animal-based volunteer roles;
  7. Volunteers working with animals must undergo a role-based training program to ensure the safety of themselves, the animals, staff and members of the public;
  8. RSPCA ACT does not offer short term volunteer placements for roles working with animals due to the level of training required to perform these roles;
  9. RSPCA ACT does not offer corporate volunteering opportunities other than for major events. All shelter related corporate involvement will be managed through the Corporate Support Days program.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with RSPCA ACT! A volunteer application form can be found under the detailed role information located directly below.

Cattery Volunteering

 

RSPCA ACT Event Volunteer

Animal-based Shelter Roles

Dogs

Animal based roles occur daily, 365 days per year. Volunteers need to commit to a regular weekly role at the same time and on the same day each week.

KENNELS

Cleaner

Walker

Sitter/Socialiser

Shift Times

8:30am - 10:30am

8:30am - 10:30am

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Requirements

General entry point. Applicants should have experience with dogs and be confident interacting with dogs of all sizes.

Applicants should have experience walking dogs of all sizes, with a specific focus on large dogs with limited training.

Applicants should have experience working with dogs of all sizes, a good general understanding of dog behaviour, and be confident spending time with dogs in enclosed, noisy environments.

Kennels Cleaner Volunteer Position Description

Kennels Walker Volunteer Position Description

Kennels Sitter/Socialiser Volunteer Position Description

Cats and Rabbits

Animal based roles occur daily, 365 days per year. Volunteers need to commit to a regular weekly role at the same time and on the same day each week.

CATS and RABBITS

Cleaner

Sitter/Socialiser

Shift Times

8:30am - 10:30am

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Requirements

General entry point. Applicants should have experience with cats and rabbits and be confident interacting with them.

Applicants should have experience with cats and rabbits and a good general understanding of animal behaviour.

Cattery Cleaner Volunteer Position Description

Cattery Sitter/Socialiser Volunteer Position Description

Tangos (Cat Boarding Facility)

Animal based roles occur daily, 365 days per year. Volunteers need to commit to a regular weekly role at the same time and on the same day each week.

TANGOS (Cat boarding facility)

Tangos Assistant

Shift Times

10:00am - 11:30am or 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Requirements

Applicants should have experience with cats and be confident interacting with them.

Tangos Assistant Volunteer Position Description

Domestics (Chickens/Birds)

Animal based roles occur daily, 365 days per year. Volunteers need to commit to a regular weekly role at the same time and on the same day each week.

DOMESTICS (Chickens/Birds)

Cleaner

Shift Times

8:30am - 10:30am

Requirements

Applicants should have experience with domestic birds including chickens and ducks and be confident interacting with them.

Domestics Cleaner Volunteer Position Description

Other Roles

Dog Training School

DOG TRAINING SCHOOL

Dog Training School Assistant

Shift Times

Various - generally on weekends, of one hour duration

Requirements

Applicants should have experience in the use of positive reinforcement training techniques and a keen interest in dog training.

Dog Training School Assistant Volunteer Position Description

Foster Care

FOSTER CARE

Foster Carer

Requirements

Foster carers take animals into their homes and provide the love and care needed to prepare them for adoption. Timeframes for fostering differ depending on the type of animal. Find out more about becoming a Foster Carer.

Fundraising

FUNDRAISING

Donation Collection

Shift Times

Various

Requirements

Applicants require access to transport and must be willing to disseminate and collect donations from locations around Canberra and deliver them to and from the RSPCA ACT shelter in Weston.

Donation Collection Volunteer Position Description

Maintenance

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Assistant

Shift Times

Various

Requirements

Applicants should have good general experience in maintenance and/or gardening type tasks. Specific skills in relation to trades are of great use.

Maintenance Assistant Volunteer Position Description

Pet Adoption Centre

PET ADOPTION CENTRE

Pet Adoption Centre Assistant

Adoption Liaison

Kids N Kritters Support

Shift Times

Various

2:30pm - 4:30pm weekdays

Various - school holidays only

Requirements

Applicants should be physically fit enough to lift up to 10kgs on a regular basis and push a trolley containing large items around the uneven shelter grounds.

Applicants should have good verbal communication skills and be confident making phone calls on behalf of the RSPCA ACT to follow up the progress on animals that have recently been adopted.

Applicants will support our staff members to deliver our school holiday education program for children. Applicants should enjoy spending time with small groups of children and supporting them to do craft activities.

Pet Adoption Centre Assistant Volunteer Position Description

Adoption Liaison Volunteer Position Description

Kids n Kritters Support Volunteer Position Description