Volunteer Experience | Environmental & Wildlife

Australia: Wildlife Sanctuary Project

Sydney, Australia

Description

Location: Sydney, Australia

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Check with us when applying.

Cost: €1,150 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes:  all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations

Benefits:

  • Experience Australia’s wilderness while making an active difference
  • Help preserve and increase the number of rare and endangered fauna and flora
  • Work within a wildlife sanctuary setting, helping with day to day tasks
  • Keywords: Wildlife conservation, Australian wildlife, Wildlife sanctuary, rare and endangered species,  environmental project
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Introduction

This program immerses you in the Australian wilderness, giving you the opportunity to actively protect the country’s fauna and flora. Working within a wildlife sanctuary alongside park rangers, you will help to care for and protect endangered species.

Australia is renowned for its unique range of wildlife, but many of its native species are now dying out. Wildlife sanctuaries in the country, like the one you’ll be working with, are therefore crucial to the conservation and protection of its species. You will be working to prevent the endangered species from going extinct.

One of the main tasks you’ll be partaking in is helping to take care of the sanctuary’s rehabilitated but un-releasable abandoned and injured animals. You will also get to explore breath-taking Aboriginal sites which the sanctuary also protects. These sites boast original Aboriginal sandstone engravings and hand-stencilled caves. It’s a unique experience allowing you to briefly step back in time.

The role is varied, so no two days will be the same. Along with taking care of the animals at the sanctuary, you will also be maintaining fox-proof fences, partaking in bush care and regeneration. Protecting the endangered plant species plays a large role in protecting the surrounding wildlife.

By partaking in this program, you will learn how to manage and operate a national park as a mini ranger. You will also learn more about Australia’s endangered wildlife and contribute towards its protection. It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity for those who want to make a real difference to the environment. You will need to be hard working and generally fit to undertake many of the daily tasks.

Daily Life

You will work mornings and afternoons Monday to Friday. After having breakfast at the Beecroft centre, your co-ordinator will drive you to the wildlife park where you will work hard carrying out numerous tasks. You will then be picked up in the evening to be taken back to the centre.

Daily tasks can vary enormously. You will help with general animal care, help to maintain fences, clean and maintain animal enclosures and bush habitats and join in with activities such as litter picking and pulling weeds. You’ll also get to meet other participants, some of which may even become life-long friends.

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Travel and Accommodation

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and picked up from the airport, before being taken to your accommodation.

Your travel and accommodation are fully taken care throughout the placement. You will be staying at the Beecroft Centre where you will have breakfast each morning. Packed lunches are provided, and you’ll be back at the centre in the evenings ready for your meal.

You will be driven to the Wildlife park every morning and taken back to the centre via train.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Passionate about conservation
  • Not afraid to get close to wild animals
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 4 weeks commitment
  • Good English skills
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.

Additional Requirements

  • All participants are required to bring a photocopy of the passport and a printed copy of their travel insurance information.
  • All participants will require a certain level of fitness and must be able to do physical work which will include light construction and other ‘hands on’ duties like hand weeding, clearing debris, rubbish removal, removal of invasive non-native tree species etc. This program will not suit participants who are afraid of wild fauna and insects or don’t wish to do physical work.
  • All participants will need to undergo compulsory training over 1-2 days before working on the project. Training will be included during the first week and may be ongoing as new tasks arise.
  • All placements must be confirmed at least 4 weeks before starting date, after this period placements will be confirmed on a case by case basis only and extra charges may apply.
  • Arrival details must be informed at least 2 week prior to the date of arrival, otherwise they will have to make their way to the Center on their own.
  • Certificates will be issued for the completion of this training and program participation only after placements have been successfully completed.
  • Due to Australia’s strict visa regulations, we are unfortunately unable to help to secure visas. Participants coming from western/ European countries can easily get visas online.
  • This program is strictly monitored, and participants will have to leave Australia at the end of the program duration.
  • Participants below 18 years require parental consent, and participants above 65 require medical clearance to take part in the program.
  • Participants will be required to sign House rules, code of conduct and other documents before starting their program.
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Costs

€1,150 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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