Tres meses de voluntariado en un centro de rehabilitación de fauna ~

12 de abril de 2022

Tres meses de voluntariado en un centro de rehabilitación de fauna

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Wildlife Carer

Want to live on an island and look after sea turtles and wallabies? This once in a lifetime opportunity is only available on Quoin Island!

Applications now open for a 3-month live-in island/wildlife carer starting in May 2022. Quoin Island is situated 5km from Gladstone, on the Central Queensland coast. It’s a small island, only 1.8km in length, and it’s full of character and wildlife. We house one of Queensland’s most prominent Turtle Rehabilitation Centres in which we care for sick and injured sea turtles. Along with the turtles, the island has a very friendly mob of resident Whiptail Wallabies. Your role as a volunteer would be to fulfil animal care duties along with other small tasks.

Each day on Quoin Island is different and revolves around animal needs and husbandry. Main tasks are:

– Feeding/caring for sea turtles
– Cleaning sea turtle enclosures (scrubbing and vacuuming main rehab pool and cleaning tanks)
– Lifting and handling animals and products
– Preparing food for animals (large quantities of seafood have to be prepared for the sea turtles)
– Feeding/caring for resident animals (wallabies, chicken and peacock)
– General property maintenance (cleaning, mowing, raking, sweeping, cleaning, swimming pool maintenance etc.)

Generally you will work in the morning, have a long break and start again around 4:00pm.

You will work under the direction of the manager and supervisors of the Quoin Island and the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Approximately 6 hours of work, per workday is expected to be given towards looking after the animals and island upkeep (working hours may vary depending on animal requirements). After all duties have been completed for the day, you are able to explore the island, hang out at the beach/pool or take a swim, the choice is yours!

In return we will provide:
– Furnished accommodation (cabin with double bed, lounge and bathroom)
– Internet/wifi/power/water
– A huge communal area with TV/Netflix/Apple TV, ping pong table and pool table
– Weekly food allowance
– Native Australian wildlife care training (sea turtles and wallabies)
– A once in a lifetime experience

This extremely rewarding role would suit a self-motivated, fit and healthy individual with a genuine interest in animals and who enjoys the outdoors. You should be willing to get stuck in and complete daily duties without any fuss.

– Minimum stay is 3 months (applications for less than 3 months will not be considered, due to the massive amount of training that goes in to performing wildlife carer duties).
-This position is unpaid- it is a volunteer role to immerse yourself in animal caring experiences (at other facilities, the volunteers will actually be charged up to $1’500 per week for a similar role – at our centre this experience is free).
– You’ll be living on an island with our permanent fulltime caretaker, and 2 other live-in volunteers.
– You’ll be living remotely in our very quiet Quoin Island Retreat which is now closed to the public (no shops, restaurants or nightlife on the island)
– Groceries get delivered once a week.
-Must be able to speak English and communicate well with staff, volunteers and management.
– Non-smoking only (safety – remote island in dry environment).
– No pets.
– This position is not eligible for 2nd work holiday visa sign off.

Interested? Please only submit your application if the following applies to you:

– You are enthusiastic and energetic.
– You have common sense, great work ethics and absolutely love animals.
– You are patient and caring.
– You understand that working with animals is not glamourous and a large amount of time is spent prepping their food and cleaning up after them.
– You have great team spirit and genuinely care about the outcome of the rehab process of the animals.
– You are realistic and understand that incoming patients and medical treatment dictate work hours, and when time off can be taken.
– You are willing to jump in and reschedule time off and are flexible with hours and won’t let the animals and your team down.
– You are mature and independent, and are able to do your own weekly meal planning (groceries only come once a week), cook your own meals, and do your own laundry.
– You are clean and tidy.
– You are strong and fit, and can lift and carry 20kg.
– You are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or you have a valid visa to stay and work in Australia.

How to apply

To be considered for this role, please email the following to

– up to date resume
– cover letter in which you explain why you want to volunteer with us, and why we should choose you
– photo

If you’re interested but not available in May, the next start dates will roughly be August and November this year. This is a rough estimate as a lot of the volunteers love the island so much that they extend their 3-month period. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

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