Volunteer opportunities for La Trobe students

The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for currently enrolled La Trobe University students.

COVID-19 Update

As part of the of the University response to COVID-19, the Sanctuary has restricted the number of volunteer positions available. We encourage you to check back regularly or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date.

Student Volunteer Program

Our Volunteer Program is designed to foster career ready skills in students and demonstrate the breadth of career opportunities in environmental science, research and education.

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

Volunteers can assist at the Sanctuary from Monday to Friday. Student volunteers must able to commit to a regular day and time.

Note: The Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary is not a zoo or wildlife park, we cannot offer any direct animal handling experience.

Application process

  • Apply for a Working With Children Check (see below).

    • You must have your card before applying to be a volunteer with us.
  • Ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    • You will need to upload your vaccine certificate as part of your application.
  • Complete the online Volunteer Application form and upload your WWCC card and COVID-19 vaccination certificate

  • We will contact you to arrange an interview to discuss your availability and volunteer positions on offer.

  • Once you have been accepted as a volunteer, we will sent you up in our induction system Rapid Global.

Work Integrated Learning

The Sanctuary also offers placements, or internships, for current La Trobe University students enrolled in a relevant Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subject.

Applications are strongly encouraged from students currently enrolled in the subject SHE3FRW (particularly students undertake Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation and Biology) or AGR2WIL (Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences or Animal and Veterinary Biosciences).

We also offer internships to students enrolled in other relevant subjects/courses; contact us if you are not sure if you are eligible.

To apply for a WIL placement please email your cover letter, CV and a copy of your latest Academic Transcript to wildlife@latrobe.edu.au, clearly stating that you would like to apply for a WIL placement.

Please speak to your relevant course coordinator for more information.

COVID-19 vaccination

In order to keep everyone safe, all staff, students and contractors must be fully vaccinated before attending campus. This means that all Wildlife Sanctuary volunteers must also be fully vaccinated prior to becoming a volunteer.

You will be required to upload your vaccination certificate with your application.

Working With Children Check

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

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 - Nangak Tamboree 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