Wildlife Volunteer Roles – which one interests you?
Wildlife Transportation Volunteers
Volunteer Transporters play a vital role in transporting injured, sick and orphaned wildlife; responding to calls from the Emergency Response Service and attending to the transportation between Vet Clinics and licensed Wildlife Carers. It requires minimal handling of animals as the wildlife are usually already contained and ready for transport.
This is a great role for anyone who wants to help our wildlife with a less hands-on approach.
You will need to have access to a suitable vehicle and be able to afford the ongoing fuel and equipment cost to support yourself in this role.
Wildlife Rescue & Transportation Volunteers
In a more hands-on role, Rescuers are an incredibly important part of Wildlife Victoria’s service. Rescuers respond to calls from our Emergency Response Service to attend to injured, sick, or orphaned native animals. The volunteer assesses the situation and depending on their experience level will then undertake the rescue or seek further help or advice from Wildlife Victoria's Emergency Response Service. Rescuers attend many different situations and help varying native species.
The rescuer then transports the animals to a licensed wildlife shelter, foster carer or veterinarian. You will need to be comfortable both handling the animals and liaising with members of the public. When starting out, there is the opportunity to commence as a 'transport only' volunteer as you become familiar with the species and cases in your area. You will need to have access to a suitable vehicle and be able to afford the ongoing fuel and equipment cost to support yourself in this role.
Thank you for your patience while Wildlife Victoria have sourced appropriate venues for training. Some metropolitan dates will be updated on the website by the start of June 2021
Wildlife Foster Carers & Shelters
Wildlife Foster Carers and Shelters are volunteers licensed under the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. (DELWP)
Foster Carers are like apprentices, learning how to care and rehabilitate injured, sick and orphaned wildlife under the guidance of a Wildlife Shelter.
Wildlife Victoria recommends becoming a Transport or Rescue Volunteer first, to gain experience with animal handling. This also helps to network with Shelters and Vet Clinics which will help greatly when becoming a Foster Carer. By becoming a Foster Carer you will look after wildlife within your own home, and personally pay for required enclosures and specialised food for the animals in your care.
For more information on how to become a Foster Carer, visit;
Because of privacy laws, we are unable to supply you with the information on your local shelter. DELWP hold all of the shelter and foster carer licenses so they may be able to provide you with the information you require. Some Shelters can also be found with an internet search or on Facebook.
Wildlife Victoria's Education volunteers share their passion for wildlife with communities, delivering face-to-face talks, educating on the importance of conservation of our native critters to ensure a sustainable future for them.
Education volunteers play an important role in teaching people how to best live alongside wildlife and how they can help our native animals in their everyday lives.
Training is provided for this role. You will need to arrange travel to and from the events as well as our office in Abbotsford, to collect and drop off promotional material.
You can find out information about the program here: School Education Program
You will find more information here when we are ready to take on further Education Volunteers.