Become a Volunteer

Become a volunteer

Peninsula Animal Aid (PAA) is heavily reliant on it's dedicated volunteers.

To be eligible to volunteer you must be:

  • Aged 18 or above
  • Physically fit
  • Mentally able to work independently and effectively under what can be busy & stressful conditions
  • Willing to attend an interview, induction and training
  • Able to commit to working long term
  • Be able to attend shift each week unless prior arrangement is made
  • Be punctual to all shifts
  • Have a tetanus vaccination or booster prior to volunteering.
  • Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and provide proof of vaccination.

If you are wanting to join a team where saving lives and animal welfare are our top priority, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on volunteer@peninsulaanimalaid.com.au. If you do not have access to email, please leave a message on 07 3284 1927. Application forms can be obtained from the PAA Office or downloaded from this page.

 

Current vacancies

Peninsula Animal Aid will always accept applications from people wishing to volunteer.  While there are not always vacancies, vacancies can occur quickly, so please apply.  We always need applications on record to be able to quickly fill vacancies.  The areas which we accept applications for are detailed below.  Please be patient as the processing of applications can take some time.  Shift times are listed below.  Starting times are manditory.

AREAS WHERE YOU MIGHT LIKE TO VOLUNTEER:

The Kennels:  

We welcome applications for the kennels.  There are not always vacancies, but circumstances can change quickly, so please do not hesitate to apply. Applicants are asked to meet shift times.  

General duties plus dog walking Monday to Friday 7.00am - approx 12 noon. Saturday 7.00am - approx 12.00noon.  Sunday 6.00am - 9.30am.  

The Cattery:   

Volunteers in the cattery are generally asked to work one shift.  Depending on the day, shift times commence at either 7am or 7.30am until approx 12 noon Monday to Saturday, Sunday from 6am - 9.00am. Volunteers generally work between one and three shifts per week.

Office Administration:  

The office admin team are great to work with.  There are always two office admin volunteers each shift.  Monday to Friday shifts are from 8.00am - 12.00pm.  Saturdays the shift is from 8am to 1.00pm. 

The role of an office volunteer includes servicing the very busy reception desk, greeting customers, accurate processing of animal intakes and adoptions, accurate data entry, processing of daily financial transactions, general reception and other general office duties.

Skills required – Excellent communication skills, computer literacy with a good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and Database entry.

Hydrobath:  

The Hydrobath runs each Saturday morning.  Shifts commence at 8.00am.

Cinderella:   

A cinderella (male or female) is asked to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per shift on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 8am or from 6.00am to 9.30am Sunday.

Gardener:   

Gardeners may be required on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Shift times can be negotiated.

Van Driver:  

Van driver must have a Queensland Drivers Licence 0 class/ P2 with a clean driving record and be a minimum age of 25 years.  Shift commences at 8.00am

 

How to apply:

If you would like to apply for one of the positions available, please fill out and email the application form below.

Volunteer form

If you have a specific question about volunteering, please email volunteer@peninsulaanimalaid.com.au.

Job descriptions

Office volunteers

This role includes:

  • Computer / office skills essential
  • Reception of all visitors to the centre (including dogs and cats)
  • Answering customer enquiries on the phone and face to face
  • Accurate data entry and maintenance of manual and computer system files and records
  • Completing a variety of financial transactions
  • Ensuring all animals in the shelter are correctly tagged, recorded and tracked
  • Other general administration tasks as needed.

Kennels and Cattery

While we have safe working practices at PAA, you will be working with dogs and cats which have claws and teeth and can be highly exuberant.

It is quite different to caring for your own dog or cat at home. The work with the animals requires physical fitness, a lot of energy and stamina.

  • The Kennels:  The kennel volunteer role includes:
  • Cleaning night soil with pooper scoopers, hosing out and disinfecting the dog kennels with broom and squeegee. 
  • Feeding the dogs and washing dishes
  • On leash dog walking, often over a period of approx 2 hours per day
  • Providing enrichment to dogs such as games and various forms of training and grooming
  • Laundering and folding dog bedding and towels
  • Cleaning and sweeping concrete areas outside dog pens
  • Other duties as instructed by supervisor.

  • The Cattery:  Cattery volunteer role includes:
  • Shaking and changing as necessary the cat bed hammocks and coverings
  • Wiping with disinfectant surfaces and shelves
  • Brushing upholstered cat stands to remove debris
  • Cleaning and refurbishing the isolation cage within the female and male areas
  • Emptying, cleaning and refilling toilet trays
  • Hosing and drying floor
  • Refilling water and providing food
  • Washing dishes and bedding and hanging out
  • Refill disinfectant bottles and towel bags
  • Grooming long haired cats and affectionate handling and petting of all cats to accustom them to people
  • Other cattery related tasks

Cinderella

This vital role may involve:

  • Office cleaning
  • General help between various aspects of PAA
  • Washing of dogs and cat bed linen, blankets and towels
  • Hanging washing out to dry and folding
  • Washing dog and cat dishes and general tidying up in the kitchen, laundry and feed sheds

Gardening

Weeding and tending to the established plants around the shelter.

Hydrobath volunteers

PAA's biggest fundraiser is the Saturday Hydrobath where the public brings their dogs to be washed in our hydrobaths.