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  Volunteering at RSPCA Peninsula

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Throughout the year, we have a range of volunteer opportunities available at RSPCA Peninsula.

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 6 months
  • Able to commit to a regular weekly or fortnightly shift of 4 hours or more
  • For animal care roles it is essential to have experience with caring for family pets, or in an animal related area
  • A current tetanus vaccination (10 years) is required for every animal care role
  • 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 4 hour shift, morning or afternoon, weekday or weekend
  • Mostly 8am to 12pm OR 1pm to 4pm
  • Minimum of 6 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. 

Animal Care roles

  • Animal Attendant - Cleaning, feeding and caring for dogs, cats, small and large livestock animals, and a range of animals in our various animal care areas
  • Clinic Vet Nurse Assistant (limited availability) - 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
  • Adoption Assistant – assisting the Adoptions team with customer enquiries, the adoption process and completion of appropriate forms, walking adoption animals, cleaning and feeding, enrichment and other activities required by the Adoptions team

  • Volunteer Support (limited availability and interview required) - assisting with various administrative and office tasks to support the volunteers, including email enquiries, roster management and maintaining database records

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 (various sites in the South-East area. Visit the op shop page to find out more) - assisting in the day to day running of our Op shops
  • Grounds maintenance - assisting our maintenance team in maintaining the grounds at our Peninsula 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.

To explore the roles we are currently recruiting for at various sites, view the volunteering opportunities page.

HOW to apply?

ANIMAL CARE volunteer roles:
  1. The first step is to attend a Volunteer 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 session. 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 ORIENTATION Session. 

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

Peninsula Volunteer Information Session

Peninsula Volunteer Information Sessions are NOW OPEN. The next Volunteer Information Session will be held on:
- Tuesday 6 February 2018 1pm 
- Tuesday 6 February 2018 7pm

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


To attend each individual MUST BOOK in (no walk-ins, and no groups or family under one name).

Please note the following:

  • Places are limited and fill fast.
  • If you are trying to book in and can't find the session date via the link, this means the session is FULL.
  • We do not have a wait list.
  • We are not able to squeeze people in.
  • If you are not able to attend this time, take note of future dates.

FUTURE Peninsula Volunteer Information Sessions

The next session will be held on:

  • To be advised 

Registrations for the information sessions will open approximately one month prior to the session. 

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?

RSPCA Victoria has a number of established corporate partners actively participating in this program. Please check with your employer to see if an arrangement is already in place

New corporate partners are welcomed at the RSPCA. Please read below for more information:
  • Prior to an activity being arranged, new corporate partners must review the Corporate Volunteering Agreement. A representative with appropriate authority to sign off on behalf of all staff from your organisation must approve the Agreement.
  • The RSPCA requires confirmation that the participating company offers Workcover insurance for their corporate volunteers via an RSPCA Corporate Volunteer Agreement
  • Organisations need to provide a central contact person to manage their staff enquiries.
  • An established calendar of activities is in place. For enquiries regarding available activities please contact the Volunteer Engagement Team.

What sorts of volunteering activities can I do?

The RSPCA is conscious of best work practice and safety for volunteers and the animals in our care. Due to the limited time involved in corporate volunteering days and the training and supervision required to handle animals, we are unable to offer opportunities to work directly with animals. A tour of the property is included in most corporate volunteer activities and this provides an opportunity to see the animals in our care and gain an overview of our animal welfare work.

Maintenance/gardening - suitable for 6 – 10 volunteers

Involves working on the grounds of the RSPCA Peninsula site. Tasks may include minor maintenance and painting tasks or gardening (weeding garden beds, watering, mulching etc). Full supervision will be provided and volunteers must be capable of physical work.

Special Event - suitable for up to 30 volunteers depending on the event

Major events (usually on weekends) such as Million Paws Walk in May at Hastings, require assistance with event set-up. There is also capacity for assistance on the event day helping with the BBQ's, registration etc.

Skilled Projects

On occasion the RSPCA requires the assistance of corporate volunteers with specialist skills to assist with project based work. If you would like to discuss opportunities to offer your skills and you have employer support to get involved, please email the Volunteer Engagement Team. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will we get to see the animals?

Unless otherwise advised, corporate volunteers will be offered a tour of the premises. Tours cover our Shelter and Clinic facilities and you will have the opportunity to have some contact with animals in the adoption areas.

Will someone show me what to do?

All corporate volunteers have a dedicated supervisor who will be available at all times and will demonstrate the tasks to be completed. A supervisor will be available at all times.

Can I work hands on with the animals?

The RSPCA is conscious of best work practice and safety for volunteers and the animals in our care. Due to the limited time involved in corporate volunteering days and the training and supervision required to handle animals, we are unable to offer opportunities to work directly with animals. A tour of the property is included in most corporate volunteer activities and this provides an opportunity to see the animals.

What staff facilities are available?

A kitchen with tea and coffee, microwave and refrigerator.

What do we wear?

Details will be provided for your specific activity when you book.

What time are the activities?

Generally corporate volunteer activities run for a full day as this is the period of leave provided by employers to staff. Times for specific activities will be confirmed with you.

How do we find out about what activities are available?

A calendar of activities is in place. Please note that our activities are often booked two to three months in advance. 

P 03 9224 2222
 Volunteer Engagement Team

Work experience at RSPCA Peninsula

Unfortunately we are not currently operating a work experience program at Peninsula, 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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