ID: 152725

Animal Care Assistant

Animal Welfare Regular - more than 6 months New Town TAS

About this opportunity

Ten Lives Cat Centre As the largest cat centre in Tasmania, we take care of the thousands of cats and kittens every year that pass through the centre annually. In our peak period known as kitten season (Oct-March), we have one cat or kitten surrendered every 30 minutes during intake time. There’s a mountain of jobs to do every day to give them their best chance at finding their forever home. We need active and hardworking volunteers who can donate their time in the mornings and/or afternoons to help feed our kitties and keep their environments clean and comfortable.

The Opportunity Our Animal Care Assistants help with feeding cats and kittens as per dietary requirements and cleaning litter trays, cat cages and manning the washing machines (which never stop!). We also rely on our volunteers to perform any general animal care tasks as set by the Supervisor, such as reporting all animal health and behavioural observations to the Supervisor and on the daily health charts. While we receive many applications from animal studies students wanting to learn about shelter operations and develop their animal care skills - we also look for volunteers who are as crazy about cats as we are and want to roll up their sleeves and get busy. It’s not all rubber gloves and litter trays however…there is plenty of time to have some one-on-one time with the kitties in our care – which we encourage everyone to do as much as possible 😊

The Impact It’s hard to emphasise enough how important volunteer contributions are to the centre. Quite simply, the more hands we have, the more cats and kittens we can look after, reducing their number of days in care - helping them to find their forever homes as soon as possible. In addition to the activities at the centre, you are also doing your part in making a huge difference for the community and environment in Tasmania for our unique wildlife and improving the welfare of cats and kittens.

Be part of it - apply now!

* All applicants need to be over 18

* COVID-19: We ensure adherence to current government guidelines in relation to COVID-19. These are changing regularly, so please contact the volunteer coordinator or supervisor for up to date instructions.

Successful applicants will be sure to mention why they love cats and want to come and work with fellow crazy cat people :-)

Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

If successful, we require a current police certificate that you will need to bring to your induction.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

In general, we ask that volunteers commit to one shift a week for an ongoing period of at least three months.

Suitable for
  • Centrelink Volunteers
  • Skilled Volunteers
Type of work
  • Working with Animals

Ten Lives provides Induction as well as training on procedures and health and safety.