Our wildlife hospital is a truly unique experience, and is situated about two hours from Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands, on the Millstream Estate. We are run by a voluntary committee as an Incorporated Association. This means we rely entirely on voluntary help and donations.
Volunteers have the opportunity to learn from Harry, one of Australia’s most recognised authorities on raptor rehabilitation, and work with a variety of wildlife that is forever coming and going throughout the year. We cannot guarantee what animals will be in care when, but it is never a dull moment!
It is important that volunteers have a good understanding of English and must be willing to work and show initiative. The work days start early, at 7am, volunteers begin by feeding and watering all the animals and have morning break at 9am. After break, volunteers then go out with a job list and work through the ‘projects’, as we call them, like cleaning enclosures, DIY/maintenance, general garden work, planting and tidying in the veggie garden, tree planting and a variety of things…There is an endless list of work needing done on a day to day basis.
We operate on a small budget so you could find yourself gardening or painting and if you are handy with tools, you could help us build or repair nesting boxes, feeders and other vital things around the hospital.
Lunch is at 12noon for an hour and then, we clean up and put all the tools away and have the afternoon off to take it easy, volunteers have the afternoons to go and see the falls or take photos, read books or just relax.
We have a minimum stay of 3 weeks, but long-term volunteers or veterinary/animal studies, have the opportunity to help with orphan feeding and medicating animals. There is not much actual hands-on with the animals, we have to ensure that the animals are not humanised and so handling of the animals out with medication, first aid, health checks and feeding, should be kept to a minimum.
In the afternoon, about 3pm, volunteers feed the night animals. As it is an ever changing environment, we cannot guarantee that volunteers will get to go out on rescues…It is dependant on what calls we get!
Volunteers live in caravan accommodation, with a communal kitchen, bathroom and outdoor dining area. There is a TV/DVD player available to volunteers but should be turned off by 9pm out of respect for the night animals and any volunteers who want to sleep.
Volunteers are expected to keep the volunteer areas clean and tidy and be respectful of one another. If they require anything, they can ask Harry or, if one is present, the volunteer supervisor.
There is a kitchen available for volunteers to prepare their own meals or meals will be cooked by Harry/Volunteer supervisor.
We currently need volunteers more than ever!
Please email Harry on firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to volunteer and put in the subject line the month you wish to volunteer, for example:
If you can volunteer in December put “VOLUNTEER DECEMBER” in the subject line.
Again, we please ask that you please do not phone us as our lines must remain available for wildlife emergencies.