Community volunteers

COVID-19 Update

As part of the of the University response to COVID-19, the Wildlife Sanctuary will be closed to the public.

We are suspending applications to become a community volunteer until we reopen. We encourage you to check back regularly or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date.


The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of opportunities for interested community members to lend a hand.

We welcome Expressions of Interest from community volunteers who have relevant skills, knowledge and experience to the Sanctuary. Preference will be given to volunteers who are able to commit to a regular day per week.

Working With Children Check

As part of the University's Child Safety Commitment all volunteers on campus must have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC).

A volunteer Working With Children Check is free to obtain. More information can be found at www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

Here is some information that you will need to complete your application:
Organisation - La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary
Postal address - La Trobe University, Bundoora VIC 3086
(You will need to select the option to manually enter the address)
Phone - 03 9479 1206
Occupational field - 52 Educational: Other institutions providing children's study or training programs

How to Express Your Interest

  1. Apply for a Working With Children Check. You must have one before applying to be a volunteer with us.
  2. Complete the online Community Volunteer Expression of Interest form and upload your WWCC (NB. you must have your actual card, not a screen shot of confirmation of application).
  3. We will review your application and if your skills and experience and available match our current need for volunteers, we will be in touch.

Please note:

Some of our opportunities are project or season dependent. As such, our need for volunteers may change during the year. As we cannot predict when we will require additional volunteers, we recommend that you also consider contacting Conservation Volunteers Australia or the Friends of the Wildlife Reserves.

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary is not a registered volunteer organisation for the purposes of Centrelink mutual obligation requirements.

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary is not a zoo or wildlife park, we cannot offer any direct animal handling.

Other ways to get involved

Conservation Volunteers Australia Conservation Volunteers Australia logo

Conservation Volunteers was founded in Australia in 1982 and involves over 10,000 volunteers every year, Conservation Volunteers is a leader in delivery of practical conservation programs, community involvement and a range of training programs. Conservation Volunteers has offices in 20 locations around Australia and New Zealand and offers volunteer opportunities every week of the year. Conservation Volunteers has been recognised with many significant awards, including the United Nations’ Environment Program Global 500, Banksia Environmental Foundation Awards, and Ecotourism Australia’s Ecotourism Award 2009.

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Volunteers have had a long association  and all volunteers really enjoy their experience volunteering at this site. There are currently two groups a week from Conservation Volunteers assisting at the Sanctuary (Wednesday and Friday).

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Friends of the Wildlife Reserves  FOTWLR logo

The Friends of the Wildlife Reserves mission is to assist with the ongoing management and preservation of the Wildlife Reserves to support the native flora and fauna and to enrich our lives and those of future generations. The Wildlife Reserves include La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and the Parks Victoria Nature Conservation Reserves of Gresswell Hill, Gresswell Forest and Gresswell Habitat Link.

The Friends of the Wildlife Reserves host regular working bees which rotate through the reserves and assist at the Sanctuary with propagation and seed sorting every Tuesday*.

*In order to join the Seed Sorters group, you need to have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC). 

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Thank you

We would like to thank all of you for showing interest in volunteering at the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. We would not be where we are today without the overwhelming support of the surrounding community. We hope to see you visiting the Sanctuary, and enjoying the natural resource we have all worked so hard to protect and nurture.