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  Volunteering at RSPCA Burwood East

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Throughout the year, we have a range of volunteer opportunities available at our Burwood East site.  

REQUIREMENTS to volunteer
Requirements vary per volunteer role, however generally volunteers must be:

  • A minimum of 15 years of age
  • Able to commit to volunteering for a MINIMUM of six months
  • Able to commit to a regular weekly or fortnightly shift of four hours or more
  • For animal care roles it is essential to have experience with caring for family pets, or in an animal related area
  • Professional experience and/or qualifications are not required, however they are beneficial for some roles

TIME commitments

RELIABILITY and COMMITMENT are important! 

Animal care roles

These roles work on a structured set roster to ensure we have adequate resources to meet the needs of the animals in our care each day.  Volunteer shifts in these areas are:

  • One weekly or fortnightly FOUR hour shift, morning or afternoon, weekday or weekend
  • Mostly 8.15 am to 12 pm OR 12.15 pm to 4pm
  • Minimum of six months

Non animal care roles

Commitment requirements for non-animal care roles vary per role, and are outlined in the details specific to that role.  

Types of volunteer ROLES

Below is an indication of some of the types of volunteer roles which can be available at RSPCA Burwood East.

To explore roles we are currently recruiting for, view the
volunteering opportunities page).

Animal Care roles

  • Animal Attendant - Cleaning, feeding and caring for dogs, cats, small and large barnyard animals, and a range of animals in our various animal care areas
  • Clinic Vet Nurse Assistant  - working in our busy vet clinic, providing critical support to our vet nurse team including cleaning, feeding and providing pre and post-surgery care for our shelter animals and private client pets
  • Dog Grooming Assistant – assisting the dog groomer by washing dogs, helping hold animals during grooming and cleaning up after grooming

Non Animal Care roles

  • Events Assistant - assisting with major external and smaller internal events
  • Storeroom Assistant - sorting, folding and distributing donated goods for our animals such as blankets, towels and sheets
  • Op Shop Assistant - assisting in the day to day running of our Op shops
  • Office Administration - assisting with various tasks within our office teams 
  • Grounds maintenance - assisting our maintenance team in maintaining the grounds at our Burwood East centre
  • Skilled volunteers – at times we seek specific professional skills for volunteer roles

PLEASE NOTE - we do not offer short-term, high school community service roles, student work experience/work placement, or one-off volunteering opportunities for individuals or groups at RSPCA Burwood East.

Explore current volunteering opportunities that we are recruiting for.  

HOW to apply?

ANIMAL CARE volunteer roles:

  1. The first step is to attend an information session - this is compulsory in order to be eligible to apply (check the upcoming dates under the information panel on the right of this page).  You will need to REGISTER YOURSELF when bookings open two weeks prior to the session date.
  2. APPLY to volunteer AFTER attending an information session. Details on how to apply will be provided at the information sessions. Applications will need to be submitted by a specified date (usually by one week after the information session).
  3. If your application is successful, you will be invited to ATTEND a compulsory 5 hour ORIENTATION Session. 

Refer to the specific details for that role (processes vary across roles).

Information Sessions

Burwood Volunteer Information Sessions

Attendance at an Information Session is COMPULSORY to be eligible to apply for animal care volunteer roles.

Our next Information Sessions will be held:

Please check back in April when we will open bookings for our next Information Sessions.

RSPCA Victoria welcomes the involvement of Corporate Volunteers and has an established program in place at both our Burwood East 
and Peninsula sites.

The contribution of Corporate Volunteers
enhances the RSPCA’s operations by
providing much-needed practical assistance.

How do I get involved?

PLEASE NOTE:  Our Corporate Volunteer Program is booked out for the remainder of 2017.  

If you wish to be considered for our 2018 program, submit your enquiry to our volunteer team, and your expression of interest will be reviewed by our Corporate Partnerhips Team.

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RSPCA Victoria values the contribution of our Interns to bring enthusiasm and new ideas to further the cause of animal welfare.

Our program provides students the opportunity to apply and further develop skills acquired through relevant academic study in a vibrant and professional work environment.

Occasionally, we are able to offer Internships in various areas of our organisation including Marketing, Campaigns and Communications, Direct Retail, Events, Finance, Information Technology (IT), Corporate Affairs, Human Resources, Animal Welfare and Local Government.

Qualifications and requirements

To apply for the RSPCA Internship program you will need the following qualifications and meet these requirements:
  • Relevant course of study relating to the Internship.
  • Commitment to the RSPCA and the role being undertaken.
  • Initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to work within a team.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Passion for animal welfare.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Analytical skills.

Education level

Minimum of second or third year University or TAFE studies.


Interns will receive no payment for the duration of the Internship.


All Internships will be conducted at RSPCA Burwood East.

Time commitment

The length of the Internship and hours required will depend on the role, the student’s availability and requirements.


The Intern is not an employee of RSPCA Victoria and is therefore not covered by WorkCover. The educational institution of the student will carry an insurance policy to cover the student for the duration of the Internship.

The RSPCA has a public liability insurance policy that provides protection against legal action from third parties arising from damage to property or injury to a third party caused by the Intern whilst undertaking their role, provided the action was done in ‘good faith’.

Occupation Health and Safety (OH&S)

The RSPCA has a comprehensive OH&S manual detailing all procedures related to OH&S and first aid. During induction, each Intern will be advised of health and safety representatives, wardens, first aid procedures and representatives, evacuation/emergency response procedures and reporting of hazards, incidents and accidents.

Student expectations

RSPCA Victoria will provide:
  • A detailed role description.
  • An Internship manual outlining our program and organisation.
  • A Standards of Behaviour brochure.
  • An Internship agreement including name, institution, dates, role description/expectations and signatures of student and RSPCA representatives.
  • Meaningful and interesting tasks and projects.
  • Orientation, training, advice and directions to complete your tasks effectively.
  • Feedback in regards to performance.
  • Completion of required paperwork and reports.
  • A certificate of Internship upon completion of your time with us.

RSPCA's expectations

As an Intern, you must:
  • Research the RSPCA and be sure of your commitment.
  • Submit a detailed application form including an updated resume and references.
  • Attend an interview.
  • Complete all tasks assigned by your supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Advise your supervisor of paperwork requirements at the start of Internship.
  • Act at all times in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Read and adhere to our Standards of Behaviour policy.
  • Always be punctual and in attendance of allocated work days.

Application process

When an internship becomes available at RSPCA, we will promote the opportunity via our website and ask that you complete an internship application form attaching your resume, cover letter and transcript of your most recent results. Once you have submitted your application, we will be in contact to advise the status of your application.

Ongoing opportunities

As an Intern you may have the option to transfer directly to our Volunteer Program upon the completion of your Internship. This may be in the area you have already worked or in other departments of the organisation. Please note, with any animal handling roles you will be provided with an Animal Handling Manual and will be required to attend an orientation session.

You are also able to apply for paid roles within the RSPCA.
There are currently no internship opportunities available at RSPCA Victoria. Please continue to check the website for any updates.

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Work experience at RSPCA Burwood East

Unfortunately we are not currently operating a work experience program at Burwood East, as we are unable to support work experience or work placement opportunities. 

For opportunities to actively learn about animal care and welfare, we would recommend students consider the following:

More information
Our Education & Learning team offers a wide range of learning experiences through various curriculum targeted programs.

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