Volunteering Australia with Animals

The Wildlife Rescue Program

This heart-warming wildlife rescue program aims to save some of the thousands of precious Australian indigenous animals who are forced from their natural habitat, injured, orphaned or become sick as a result of increasing proximity to humans and domestic pets, or as a result of natural disasters such as fire and flood.  Dedicated staff and volunteers at the shelters we support have rescued and rehabilitated thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native Australian wildlife and nursed them back to health so that they could be successfully re-introduced to their natural habitat. As they receive no ongoing government funding the rescue centres rely on donations from the public and the generous contribution of volunteers, both national and international, to remain operational. Volunteers will find this a challenging and hands-on role, working directly with the shelter team to save and care for the precious animals. Join us on this truly inspirational project in the beauty and serenity of Australia's native environment and help save its iconic natural inhabitants!

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide a safe place for mis-treated animals 
  • Provide rescue, medical attention and rehabilitation to injured animals  
  • Provide a temporary home, food and water for animals in need of care
  • Provide an opportunity for cross cultural exchange between volunteers and locals

How You Can Help

Volunteers are desperately needed to assist with Wildlife Rescue efforts in Australia. Dedicated local staff work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate thousands of animals and they cannot do this without the invaluable support of a willing volunteer workforce.

Volunteers are primarily placed into an established Wildlife Rescue Centre near Yackandandah, in the state of Victoria. Providing emergency rescue, medical care and rehabilitation to thousands of animals every year the centre is constantly busy and home to displaced, injured and orphaned kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, native birds, koalas and many more.  

For those wishing to work in a coastal setting we are fortunate to support a Wildlife Rescue Centre in Tasmania. Located in a beachside resort town amidst conservation areas and forest reserves the Centre rescues and rehabilitates native species including marsupials, birds and penguins. Volunteers are needed to assist with animal care primarily but those with construction or building skills are also very much welcomed to assist with the development of the shelter.    

Additionally we offer placements in Corryong, Victoria, on a project set up in response to the devastating Australian bushfires. Providing critical assistance to animals impacted by the fires, the project rehabilitates rescued wombats and sets up and replenishes crucial food and water stations in the fire affected bushland, providing life-saving nourishment to surviving animals.

On all of these placements volunteers will be kept busy and engaged on a variety of tasks. The daily schedule of feeding, cleaning, and collecting resources is a busy one so the centres desperately need volunteers to assist with tasks such as bottle feeding infant animals, collecting native food materials, assisting with medical treatment as required and ensuring the shelter is kept clean and well maintained. Care for the rescued animals is required 24/7 so the projects operate a flexible seven day working week. There is an excellent camaraderie between local and international volunteers alike, dedicated to a common cause.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Feeding and exercising the animals
  • Assisting in rescue calls and providing emergency medical treatment
  • Cleaning and maintenance work in the shelter
  • Playing with the animals
  • Administration, fundraising and other responsibilities where required 



Love Volunteers welcomes those who wish to give their time and  energy to help protect and conserve the native wildlife of Australia. The program is strictly limited to those 18 years and over due to the nature of the work and risks inherent in working with wild and injured animals.

This project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in animal conservation/zoological studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by one of local project leaders. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!

A current tetanus vaccination record is required.

Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:

  • Emergency contact
  • Vaccination Certificate

Find out how to obtain a police check here

Project Location

Australia, Victoria and Tasmania

This wonderful program supports a number of Wildlife Rescue Centres in remote and beautiful Australian locations.

The primary Wildlife Shelter into which volunteers are placed is situated in Stanley State Forest in the state of Victoria, rich in wildlife and native diversity. The nearby town of Yackandandah is a former gold mining region and now a haven for artists and artisans. Rich in history and natural resources the area offers a glimpse into life in the gold rush era.

For volunteers who prefer to be near the beach we are fortunate to work with a Wildlife Rescue Centre on the island state of Tasmania, off Australia's south eastern coast.  Stunningly picturesque coastline and natural environmental make this a popular destination for holiday makers and a beautiful location in which to volunteer.

We also work with a small rescue centre in Corryong, in the state of Victoria. Surrounded by native bush and national parks the area is home to an abundance of native wildlife. Set up in response to the devastating fires in 2019 this Shelter offers volunteers the opportunity to assist in the rescue and recovery of animals injured and left homeless by the complete devastation of their natural environment.   

Start Dates & Duration

Minimum 2 weeks

This project is available year-round and programs start every THURSDAY in Victoria and TUESDAY in Tasmania. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.

    Arrival & Orientation

    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner , Airport Pick Up Not Included

    Volunteers in Australia must make their own way to the pick-up location on the arrival day.  Comprehensive transport information will be provided once a placement has been confirmed.

    For those opting for placements in Tasmania or Corryong please see the Additional info. section. 

    For Yackandandah, Victoria

    • Arrival Day: THURSDAY, by 4pm
    • Departure Day: FRIDAY
    • Arrival Airport: Melbourne International Airport (MEL) or Sydney International Airport (SYD)

    Volunteers must arrive into Yackandandah by 4pm on THURSDAY.  Please note that you may need to arrive on the Wednesday and stay in Melbourne or Sydney overnight if opting for the early morning train.

    You have the option of flying into either Melbourne or Sydney International Airports and connecting to Yackandandah via these routes:

    1. Flying into Melbourne International Airport (code MEL).
      -  Take the SkyBus from the airport to Southern Cross Railway Station.  Or transfer to your accommodation if staying overnight.
      -  Book and catch either: 
       * The 12:05 V/Line train connection from 'Southern Cross Station' to 'Albury Station: Railway Pde', arriving at 15:55 and catch a taxi to the Post Office/High Street Yackandandah.  
      * OR Catch the 7:05 V/Line train/coach connection from 'Southern Cross Station' to 'Beechworth' (via Wangaratta), arriving 10:40, and take the 14:15pm bus from Beechworth (Albury line), alighting at the Post Office/High Street Yackandandah stop, arriving 14:35.
    2. Flying into Sydney International (code SYD)
      - Book and catch either:
       * A connecting flight from Sydney to Albury Airport (code ABX) and taxi to the QE11 Square, Dean Street bus stop in Albury from where you can catch the Beechworth bound bus to Yackandandah, alighting at the Post Office/High Street Yackandandah stop.  
       * OR: The Airport link from Sydney International Airport to Sydney Central Train Station to catch the 7:42am train to Albury from where you can bus to Yackandandah (Beechworth line, route 7), alighting at the Post Office/High Street Yackandandah stop.  The train is supposed to arrive into Albury at 15:11 and the bus leaves at 15:22.  If the train is late and you miss the bus catch a taxi to the Post Office/High Street Yackandandah.

    Accommodation & Meals

    Guest House / Meals Included

    Volunteers in Yackandandah are accommodated on-site in a shared, 3 person cabin. Bathroom facilities are basic but clean with an 'outback' toilet and hot rainwater shower. Please be aware that frequent droughts can mean that water is often a scarce commodity. The Shelter is in a remote location and electricity is provided by way of a generator, only turned on at night.  
    Linen is provided and laundry done by the project owner, Glenda. Volunteers should bring their own towel and personal toiletries.

    For those opting for a placement in Tasmania accommodation is provided on-site in a shared, 3 person cabin complete with kitchenette and bathroom facilities.  Linen and towels are provided and laundry can be done on-site once a week.

    Volunteers on the fire response project in Corryong stay on-site in a 2 person room in the home of the program owners.  All the comfort you would expect of a home away from home are provided.

    Volunteers are advised to bring old, sturdy clothing and footwear suitable for the conditions and nature of the work.

    The local team will do their best to allow you some downtime but they are often very busy. If you find you need a break please do let them know. The Shelters are remotely located and transport is dependent on local staff.  Please let the team know if you would like to be taken into town and be patient.

    Wi-Fi is not available on-site and volunteers are advised to take their mobile phone and purchase a local data package which may allow them internet connection from the Shelter.

    Three meals per day are provided in all locations. Volunteers help with meal preparation and clean-up and meals are wholesome and well deserved after a hard days' work!


    From USD 979
    Program fee:
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    USD 979

    That’s just USD 70 per day* for:

    • Orientation & full safety briefing
    • Accommodation (as specified above)
    • Food & Meals (as specified above)
    • 24/7 local support network
    • Project placement & onsite supervision

    *In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.

    Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).

    Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.

    Additional Info

    For Tasmania: 

    • Pick-up from: Bicheno, Tasmania
    • Arrival Day: TUESDAY
    • Departure Day: TUESDAY
    • Arrival Airport: Hobart (code HBA)
    • 4pm bus to Bicheno

    For Corryong:

    • Pick-up: Corryong, Victoria
    • Arrival: Any day
    • Arrival Airport: Melbourne International Airport (MEL) or Sydney International Airport (SYD)
    • Domestic flight to Albury, 2pm bus to Corryong