Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer

Become a Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary is a 50 year bushland restoration project. You can contribute to this unique project through protecting local flora and fauna and helping to motivate the next generation.

*This program is in the Host category.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers can get involved in range of ways at the Wildlife Sanctuary*. These may include:

Indigenous Nursery

  • Seed sorting/collecting
  • Potting up seedlings and cuttings
  • Plant preparation

Land Management

  • Basic mapping and GIS
  • Habitat restoration
  • Invasive species control


  • Assisting with running education activities and tours
  • Interacting with school aged children

Biodiversity Monitoring

  • Involvement in our Citizen Science program including:
    • Frog census
    • Stag watch
    • Bird survey
    • Fungi foray

*Some activities are seasonally dependent and not always available

If you have other special skills that you think you may be able to use to help us in a voluntary capacity (e.g. communications, photography etc), we are keen to hear from you.

To qualify as part of the Emerging Leaders program, you will need to participate in a minimum of five sessions at the Wildlife Sanctuary. It will be the responsibility of students to keep track of their involvement and then to let us know when they achieved this milestone.

What are the benefits of being a Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer?

Students studying a related discipline can gain career ready skills by being a volunteer. You will also be exposed to a range of career opportunities in environmental science, research and education.

Regardless of the course you are undertaking, all volunteers will have opportunity to contribute to the ongoing work of the Wildlife Sanctuary to protect and enhance the local flora and fauna for current and future students of La Trobe University.

Who can join?

Although most Wildlife Sanctuary volunteers are enrolled in a course related to the School of Life Sciences, students from all disciplines are welcome to get involved.

Prior to commencing, Wildlife Sanctuary volunteers must hold a Working With Children Check and complete an online induction (details will be sent once you are registered as a volunteer).

Next Steps

If you haven’t already, please fill out an ‘Emerging Leaders Expression of Interest’. Once you’ve completed the online perquisites through the LMS, please select ‘Wildlife Host’ in the Host category.

Once registered as a volunteer with the Wildlife Sanctuary, we will send you an invitation to complete an online induction. You will then receive a fortnightly email with available shifts and details on how to sign up.

For any questions or information about the program, visit the wildlife sanctuary webpage or contact wildlife@latrobe.edu.au