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We are a registered charity that rescues farm animals from abuse, neglect and situations where they are in danger and provides them with a forever home. The sanctuary provides for the animals to range free across our 55 acres which creates unique challenges for our helpers.
Our Animal Rescue provides compassionate care to animals that have been designed by the commercial food industry to live short, unhappy lives. helpers here learn to provide for the needs of these poor abused animals by understanding when they are in need and meeting their requirements. You will learn some basic medical procedures (you might have to give a rooster a pill!) and you will learn how to manage yourself safely around 300kg pigs and 600kg cattle, many of whom have suffered at the hands of people in the food industry before their rescue. You will learn an appreciation for these wonderful animals and will learn to spot trouble signs and when they just need a pat. You will also learn to sweep, mop, scrub and use a pitchfork like a master! 3 month helpers will receive an internship reference stating that they have been trained to handle large animals and provide basic medical care.
Help includes daily cleaning of barns and coops, feeding, health checks, light maintenance help, monitoring herd movements and intensive care of ill, old and baby animals. Extra tasks may be required when new rescues, infants or school groups come in. You will help in a team of two.
Only those with a desire to help animals should apply.
Accommodation is basic, but the kitchen is fitted out with everything you need and there is a comfortable living area. You will have a private room with two bunks (the second bunk will be empty if you are travelling on your own). It's the responsibility of volunteers to clean and tidy the bungalow.
The bungalow features a bathroom with a shower running hot and cold water, living room, and kitchen. The animals have access to the front and back doors, so you never now who will turn up to say hi. Animals are not permitted inside the accommodation. You may share the bungalow with up to two other people. A TV is provided along with a wood fire (if you want to stay warm you will need to chop wood!). Free wifi and is provided, along with a swimming pool.
The bungalow was fully renovated in April 2022.
Meals are not provided, but we do reimburse food costs up to $10 a day. You will be rostered five half-days per week (this may be rostered as two full days and a half day depending upon operational need).
Opportunities are available from May 21st, 2022.
This is a responsible role. You will be provided with specific requirements and care standards and your work will be monitored regularly.
The farm is 1km from the village of Dayboro, which has 6 cafes and a pub. Buses run twice daily on weekdays to the station from which express trains take 35 minutes to the city.
The farm is vegan. Animal products are not permitted to be brought into, or stored in, the helpers bungalow. The Australian government does not allow us to authorise second year work visas.
You should not apply for this position if you are scared of large animals, don't like to get dirty or clean poop, or get lonely or homesick.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We are on Starlink. 128mb/s download. 16 mb/s upload.
Campervans are welcome. We only have standard power sockets.
More than two
5 hours per day (max 25hours/week), 2 days off
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