La Trobe University Students

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 LTU student volunteer until we reopen. We encourage you to check back regularly or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date.

Student Volunteer Program LTU student volunteer

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

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.

Volunteers may assist in the following areas of the Sanctuary:

Indigenous Nursery

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

Land Management

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

Education

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

Biodiversity Monitoring

  • Involvement in our Citizen Science program including:
    • Frog census
    • Stagwatch
    • Bird survey
    • Fungi forary

*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 (eg. communications, photography etc), we are keen to hear from you.

Volunteers can assist at the Sanctuary from Monday to Friday. We prefer student volunteers who are able to commit to a regular day and time with an ongoing project.

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

Emerging Leaders Program

Did you know that you can get recognised for volunteering through the Emerging Leaders Program? Volunteering at the Wildlife Sanctuary fits under the "Host" category.

Application process

  1. Apply for a Working With Children Check (see below).
    • You must have your card before applying to be a volunteer with us.
  2. Complete the online Volunteer Application form and upload your WWCC card.
  3. Once we have processed your application, you will be sent an email from Rapid Global and prompted to complete a short online OHS induction. This must be completed prior to your first shift.
  4. You will them be sent a fortnightly newsletter with available opportunities and details on how to sign up for specific shifts.

Work Integrated Learning 

The La Trobe Wildlife 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.

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 - 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