No volunteers are needed at this time.

Thanks for showing interest in helping us out. We currently have a full roster of volunteers, so are not looking for any more at the moment. But we’re sure to be recruiting in the future, so keep an eye on our Facebook page.

The Wildlife Hospital sometimes has special opportunities for a small number of volunteers. It's chance to get involved with this incredible 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 require people who are reliable, trustworthy, able to take 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 your application is successful, 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.

If you have any questions, please email