As a rescue volunteer you must be available on a semi-regular basis to attend rescues in your local area, have your own transport and attend a one-day training course/induction. Volunteers need to be reasonably fit and healthy. We try to buddy new volunteers with one of our experienced seabird rescuers to learn to safely undertake rescues.
As an admin/fund-raising volunteer you will need to be able to commit to
occasional meetings with the Executive Committee and/or individual members. You will need to have access to email and the internet and be available to help out at community events such as festivals, quiz nights and market stalls.
Home Rehabilitation Volunteer
As a home rehabilitation volunteer you will need to be able to house sick, injured or orphaned seabirds/waterbirds at your own home. Wildlife can harbour all types of disease and so strict quarantine and hygiene practices must be used and you must have the resources to house various species. This volunteer field is particularly time consuming and costly and volunteers will need to attend several training courses to meet minimum standard competencies in wildlife rehabilitation.
All volunteers must have good communication/people skills.
Please note: WASR do not have a clinic/centre and all volunteer roles are undertaken at your own home or in the field. Due to insurance issues volunteers must be over the age of 16 and Australian residents.