Volunteer

The Wildlife Hospital has a number of special opportunities for volunteers. It's chance to get involved with this incredible new facility; the only one of its kind in the South Island. You'll be part of a team that saves the lives of hundreds of native creatures every year – many of which are extremely rare. 

We're looking for people who are reliable, trustworthy, can take the initiative, and can help out on a regular, long-term basis. It's a 24 hour, 365 day operation, so we particularly need volunteers who are available to work weekends, public holidays, and term breaks. You'll need to be able-bodied (as it's a physical job) and aged 16 or older. Shifts start at 8.30am, seven days a week – and yes, 52 weeks a year.

Although extremely rewarding, it is hard work. Everyone has to start at the bottom, cleaning, washing, drying, tidying, and re-stocking. But there will be opportunities to upskill. To get more involved with the wildlife as you gain more experience and credentials. 

If you think you have what it takes to help save our native species, drop us a line. volunteer@wildlifehospitaldunedin.org.nz

We'll email you an application form, then you'll be required to complete an online health and safety test. When you've passed that (with flying colours), the final step is a face to face induction. After that – congratulations, you're a Wildlife Hospital volunteer.

The Wildlife Hospital is located at Otago Polytechnic, in Dunedin.