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RSPCA Victoria Volunteer Driver

  • Volunteer for a leading animal welfare charity
  • Recruiting for Drivers across all RSPCA Victoria sites

About RSPCA Victoria

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria) is a non-government, community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. The RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, RSPCA Victoria has become Australia’s leading animal welfare charity.

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA Victoria team. They play an active and vital role in helping to support our work to improve the welfare of animals and protect them from cruelty and neglect. Volunteering involves commitment, dedication and passion.

About the role

Volunteer Drivers are vital to our work. 

If you’ve been looking for a way to give back to the community, are passionate about animal welfare and eager to lend a hand, we can’t wait to hear from you.

RSPCA Victoria Volunteer Drivers play an essential role in supporting the day to day operations of RSPCA Victoria. 

Volunteer Drivers support our Animal Care Team by transferring animals to increase their opportunity to find their forever home or for medical care/rehabilitation or transporting wildlife to dedicated carers for rehabilitation. 

Volunteer Drivers also support our Development Team by transporting goods and donations for Op Shops between locations.  

Our Volunteer Drivers are valued members of the team and every kilometre driven supports the vision of RSPCA Victoria to ending cruelty to all animals.

Role duties and responsibilities

RSPCA Victoria Volunteer Drivers may undertake the following activities:

Animal Transport

Driving an RSPCA vehicle (VW Transporters) to transport animals / equipment and goods between locations. These locations can include animal care centres, specialist clinics, wildlife carers, animal welfare organisations, regional shelters, nominated driver meeting points and adoption centres

Assisting with the loading/unloading of animals / equipment and goods

Observing animal behaviour and reporting any concerns to the relevant staff member

Cleaning and disinfecting the vehicles after use

Goods Transport

Driving an RSPCA vehicle to transfer a variety of supplies and equipment including assisting to load and unload supplies and equipment

Driving a vehicle which may include a car with a trailer or a 4.2m moving van/truck (car license required)

Skills and experience required

To be successful in this role, the volunteer will possess the following skills and attributes:


A current full driving licence

Attention to detail and the ability to follow oral and written instructions carefully

Strong communication skills and a love for engaging with people and animals

The ability to work effectively in a team, while working independently

A good level of general fitness; some lifting may be required

As this role either a set day and/or is an on-call basis both flexibility and availability are required for short (2-3 hour) and long trips (8 hours)


Relevant experience in an animal handling role with the RSPCA Victoria

Experience or ability to tow a trailer/drive small vans

Training and support

The following training will be provided:

Compulsory RSPCA Victoria Driver Training

Animal care, health and behaviour module for the animal transport role

Ongoing opportunity to discuss your role and any concerns with the Volunteer Support Officer


How to apply

Click Apply Online to submit your volunteer application. Please make sure you have read the Role Profile by clicking View Position Description in the top right-hand corner. 

There is no requirement to submit your resume or CV, however you must answer the questions detailing your motivation for applying for this role, and your relevant skills and experience addressing the key responsibilities and requirements section of the Role Profile.

Job Ref: AT000006
Submitted: 08-05-2018

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