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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 use the map below to find opportunities near you. 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.

Due to COVID-19 we have had to suspend the recruitment of new volunteers. Please fill out the expression of interest form below and we will contact you when new opportunities become available. Thank you for you patience. 

Volunteer FAQs

RSPCA NSW has recently updated its recruitment process for all open volunteer roles. All volunteers will need to:

  1. Fill out an online application
  2. Complete an induction online or face-to-face
  3. Sign and return their volunteer acceptance form
  4. Attend their hands-on training

By becoming a volunteer for RSPCA NSW, you’ll be making a life-saving 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 and Volunteer from Home programs where you can support our animals and learn about RSPCA NSW.

As we are a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we currently hold spaces for work experience students who are completing their Certificate II in Animal Studies through RSPCA NSW. Generally, this leaves only a small number of placement positions across the state. We unfortunately do not have the resources to cater for all work placement, work experience or community engagement opportunities.

Some of our shelters are able to take on students external to RSPCA RTO but this would need to be discussed with each specific facility. For further consideration, please state that you are after a work placement in your application and we will be able to let you know if there are any available opportunities.

It is not a requirement, but we highly recommend that all volunteers have an up-to-date tetanus shot before their volunteer shift within a shelter. It is up to the volunteer to continually keep this up to date.

It is important to note that as a volunteer for RSPCA NSW, you may be requested to undertake additional screening and relevant checks such as a Working with Children Check or a National Police Check as part of the application process. If this is the case, it will be noted in the role descriptions online.