We also accept Veterinarians, Vet. Nurses, wildlife researchers and zookeepers who are interested in gaining experience with wild koalas. All applicants would still be considered to be a volunteer and must follow the same volunteer rules and protocols as others and can only come at a time that works in with our timetables.
The Koala Hospital is run mainly by volunteers admitting around 250 – 300 patients per year.
The Koala Hospital is a wildlife rehabilitation institution licenced under the National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW. The Koala Hospital’s veterinary duties operate under the authority of the Port Macquarie Veterinary Hospital, Port Macquarie.
Become a member and join our Local Volunteers.
Overseas and Non-Local Volunteers
Applications covering monthly periods from May 2012:
There will be an AUD$100 (one hundred Australian dollars) application fee to work as an overseas volunteer.
This fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of booking.
The fee will include your one year membership of the Koala Preservation Society Australia Inc., and enables the volunteer to be covered by work insurance. This fee is payable by cheque, money order or credit card.
A confirmation of the month booked will be emailed to you once the fee has been received.
- We do not have any paid positions at all.
- We do not have Intern positions.
- We do not supply accommodation or food (see list of recommended establishments)
- All applicants MUST have a current Tetanus shot before applying.
- All overseas volunteers are required to stay one month, no less, no more, as it takes approximately one week to train new staff.
- All new staff must sign a declaration to comply with Health Regulations (for staff safety) before commencing.
- All volunteers must realize that these are WILD koalas, not captive bred, and therefore are quite capable of inflicting injury, and are NOT to be handled, cuddled, etc.
- Overseas volunteers can be involved in rescues, releases, and assist in medical treatments, but MUST obey instructions from permanent staff.
- The Koala Hospital requests that the overseas applicants MUST have a good grasp on the English language. For the safety of any applicant, The Koala Hospital will not accept people only learning the English language.
- All applicants must be aware that there can be quiet times, with not many patients, and very little to do; therefore volunteers may only have a few hours work each day, rarely or not at all.
Port Macquarie does have some of the most beautiful surfing beaches in Australia, plus beautiful scenery, lots of shops, reasonable night life and other "touristy" things to do, so on quiet days, most people make good use of these facilities.
If you wish to apply for a short-term volunteer position and are in need of local accomodation, please review the list below. This will help you get started with your stay at the beautiful Port Macquarie.
|Ozzie Pozzie Backpacker||http://www.ozziepozzie.com/|
|Flynns Beach Caravan Park||http://www.flynnsbeachcaravanpark.com.au/|
|Beachside Backpackers YHA||View on Google Maps|
Remember we have peak tourist times here in Australia, particularly over the Christmas period and Easter time, where all places are not only heavily booked out, but are much higher in price. Hope this helps you find what you need – and good luck!
"Participation in koala return missions created feelings of both sadness and happiness within me. Sadness was seeing Koala Samson leave the hospital. Happiness occurred when we reached his home site at Lighthouse Beach.
Samson seemed to delight in his independence as he carefully selected his tree and began eating leaf. Another successful mission was completed but a new admission would be arriving shortly..."
"One morning I heard Peter call to me that a koala was near the gift shop. Apparently a koala from the nature reserve nearby came to purchase a gift for his sweetheart. I saw the koala standing in front of the gift shop but it was too late for a Kodak moment.
Needless to say, I‘m already looking forward to my 2011 return to the koalas that have made my life richer."
Feeling warm and fuzzy
- Tuesday, 12 March 2013
An article in the Sun Herald March 10, 2013Nina Karnikowski Travel Writer
Nina Karnikowski decides it's high time to get cuddly with an Aussie favourite.I’ve never touched a koala. As an Australian, I’m almost ashamed to admit it. It seems on par with never having eaten a Vegemite sandwich, never...
New York City premiere of the Documentary 'Koala Hospital'
- Tuesday, 29 January 2013
According to Susan Kelly, koalas have become "urban refugees," under siege by expanding cities that bring with them deforestation, dogs, traffic, and other ills for native wildlife. Director of Global Briefing, and writer, producer and director of the new documentary Koala Hospital, Susan Kelly...
Sydney University Research
- Sunday, 18 November 2012
The work that the Koala Hospital has hosted has been fantastic and the effort and assistance provided by the whole organization but particularly by Cheyne and all the volunteers over the years with Jo and also our other PhD students, has been truly magnificent. I know how disruptive and...