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Volunteer at RSPCA NSW

Volunteers are integral to the work RSPCA NSW does. Their commitment, dedication and passion helps abandoned, neglected, sick and surrendered animals all across NSW. We can’t thank our volunteers enough for the incredible work they do.

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering for RSPCA NSW, please select your preferred location or role from the list below. Please note that some positions will involve direct interaction with animals, while others will involve providing support without direct contact. However you decide to help, you’ll make a lifesaving difference to animals in need.

Volunteer FAQs

By becoming a volunteer for RSPCA NSW, you’ll be making a lifesaving difference to abandoned, neglected, sick and surrendered animals in NSW.

We have a variety of volunteer roles across the state, meaning you could gain valuable skills in areas such as animal handling, animal welfare, veterinary assistance, administration, accounting, maintenance, transportation and gardening.

The minimum age to volunteer is 16. However, some roles have specific requirements and tasks where the volunteer would need to be over 18 or 21. If this is the case, the age will be noted in the role descriptions online.

For volunteers below this age, please don’t be discouraged. We have a variety of school holiday programs (hyperlink) and enrichment programs (coming soon) within the shelter where you can support our animals and learn about RSPCA NSW.

RSPCA NSW does not have any opportunities for work placement or Duke of Edinburgh as our programs are currently closed and under review for the next 6 to 12 months. As an organisation, we need to make sure we can meet the requirements set upon us by multiple institutions. This review will ensure we meet all standards.

As we are a Registered Training Organisation, we do have an exception to take on work experience students who are completing their Certificate II in Animal Studies through RSPCA NSW.

We highly recommend that all volunteers have an up to date tetanus shot before their volunteer shift. It is up to the volunteer to continually keep this up to date.

Some roles require a National Police Check and/or additional Working with Children Checks to be completed prior to your commencement. If this is the case, it will be noted in the role descriptions online.