Ok lets do it! How do I join..?
- To become a WILVOS member, please begin by completing our Membership Application Form. Subject to verification, you will then receive confirmation of your Membership and advice re your next steps.
- Membership costs $20 per financial year; which covers your rescue permit, and includes our monthly newsletter Wildlife Whisperings and free access to our training workshops.
- New members are required to have access to a phone, computer and internet.
- WILVOS membership is a family membership; which includes all children in the family under the age of 18yrs.
- WILVOS encourages Junior members to join as well as they are the future carers and protectors of our wildlife. For a person under 18yrs of age to join an adult would need to join with them. The adult would need to be prepared to do a 4 hour hotline shift each month and train and volunteer along with the Junior member in caring for the native wildlife.
Being a member of WILVOS
You do not have to get actively involved to become a member of WILVOS. You can join us as a Friend of WILVOS and receive our newsletters with information and updates on native wildlife issues as well as the opportunity to join in on our wildlife workshops held throughout the year. However, if you are keen to help out, you can opt to become a Wildlife Carer or undertake one of our many volunteer opportunities.
There are a number of ways in which members can volunteer with us that are vital to the successful operation of WILVOS:
- Volunteer on our 24/7 hotline
- Rescue distressed wildlife
- Pickup and transportation of wildlife to vets or carers
- Release of rehabilitated wildlife
- Assist with fundraising, workshops, preparation of newsletters and community awareness
Training, Induction & Support
WILVOS aim is to provide our members with the best knowledge, training and support possible to safely ensure quality outcomes for native wildlife. To become an active wildlife carer, the Department of Environment and Heritage protection (EHP) requires that you attend an orientation and attend a minimum of 2 workshops each year. Workshops will cover basic rescue techniques, safety, basic first aid and basic care for injured and orphaned wildlife in the first 24 hours. By attending these workshops, you will be on your way to becoming an active carer. To view our calendar, click the link below.
Once I join what can I do…?
Assist on 24 hr Hotline
WILVOS runs a 24 hr hotline that members of the public can call in the event they need assistance with an injured or distressed native animal. As our hotline operates 365 days a year, we are always looking for volunteers to assist. Each shift is only 4 hours and you simply advise us your availability of when you are able to assist. Hotline rosters are made a month in advance, so volunteers have plenty of time to advise their availability.
The hotline operators play a pivotal role in the organization. If it wasn’t for our operators, WILVOS wouldn’t be able to attend and rescue the animals needing assistance that we do. It provides the link between members of the public and our carers. The role of the hotline operator is to receive the calls from the public, record information about the situation, provide advice and contact our wildlife carers or transporters to attend. This role is perfect for anyone that may not have access to a vehicle or is unable to care for wildlife. To be a hotline operator you must have internet access, access to a computer and a phone (landline or mobile) with good coverage.
Transporter and Rescuers
Rescues and transportation for our wildlife is crucial. Time is of the essence when it comes to an animal found, therefore these volunteer roles play an integral part in ensuring that injured, distressed or orphaned animals gets the quickest care possible. Rescuers and Transporters are contacted by our hotline operators within their specified availability times. Further information regarding the animal will be provided to you if you are able to assist. From there you will attend the scene and assess the situation before deciding on the best course of action to take. This may include animals being rescued and contained, being taken to either one of our wildlife carers, a local vet, Eumundi Rehabilitation Centre or Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
You will need to be comfortable in handling wildlife and liaising with members of the public. Sadly some animals can be very injured therefore an understanding of how to deal with and approach both animal and member of the public is a must. For this role you must have access to a car. Availability is crucial, therefore we do need volunteers that can be available at certain times throughout the month. Please note that all fuel and costs are covered by yourself.
Volunteer wildlife caring is an amazing and rewarding role. You may have the opportunity to care for a variety of our beautiful bird species or perhaps one of our wonderful possum species. Wildlife caring can be very demanding and can require a lot of time. Various costs are involved in becoming a carer from purchasing cages and aviaries to purchasing food. Collecting fresh foliage on a daily basis is a mandatory requirement when caring for marsupials.
If you feel that you can provide the time and are able to care, then we would love to have you!
You will require a permit to become a WILVOS wildlife carer and mandatory training requirements must be met. There are numerous training opportunties provided throughout the year to assist you in your journey as a wildlife carer. We encourage a mentoring program where you will be partnered up with a more senior carer whilst you are learning. You are never alone.
WILVOS participates in many markets and events that occur throughout the Sunshine Coast throughout the year. We always need volunteers to assist in helping out at the events. In this role you will assist in setting up a stand, attending the event, giving out flyers and information to the public and assisting in gaining new members.
It’s a great role if you love getting out for a few hours, chatting to people about what you love, animals! You will require your own transport to and from the events you would like to assist on.