Darling Range Wildlife Shelter Inc

Get Involved

Become a Volunteer

We are keen to hear from people able to make a commitment to volunteer with us.  Please consider the following points if interested in volunteering: –

  • Our orientation sessions are conducted monthly and on a Saturday (except December). You will need to register your attendance via our Volunteer Coordinator - volunteers@darlingrangewildlife.com.au.
  • You need to be over 16 years of age. (Please refer to section below for information about work or practical experience with wildlife.)
  • It is not necessary for you to have extensive experience in caring for wildlife as training will be provided.
  • You will need to commit to participating in three DRWS volunteer induction sessions within the first three months of becoming involved with us.
  • We will ask you to commit to either a morning or afternoon shift on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
  • It is reccomended you have a current Tetanus immunisation.
  • You will need to become a paid up financial member of DRWS.  The membership fee for 2016/17 is $30. 
  • You will need to complete a DRWS and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) registration form, which will be provided during your orientation.

There are many other ways volunteers can help other than directly working with wildlife. General facility and grounds maintenance are just two areas where support is often needed. If you think you have a skill we could use please don't hesitate to contact us.

If interested in attending an orientation session or wish for more information on volunteering please contact us via volunteers@darlingrangewildlife.com.au or 0400 802 409.

Work Experience or Student Placements 

We host many students seeking an opportunity to experience working in an animal care environment. We can, however, only accept a limited number of students.

Students wishing to explore the possibility of work or practical hands on experience with wildlife should contact DRWS on volunteers@darlingrangewildlife.com.au or 0400 802 409.

Please consider the following points if interested in work experience -

  • Our orientation sessions are conducted on a Saturday each month (except December). You will need to register your attendance via our Volunteer Coordinator - volunteers@darlingrangewildlife.com.au.
  • Our members are all volunteers and are not expected to have a Working with Children Check.
  • You need to be over 16 years of age. If, however, you are interested as a school student we will need the support and involvement of your school and you will need to be over 14 years of age.
  • It is reccomended you have a current Tetanus immunisation.
  • You will need to pay a fee (the equivalent of our membership fee). The membership fee for 2016/17 is $30. 
  • You will need to complete a DRWS and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) registration form, which will be provided during your orientation.

Help our Wildlife

 You can be involved in helping wildlife by doing the following:

  • Put a bird bath in your garden.
  • Plant local native plants on your property or help out local 'friends of' on planting days – native plants are water friendly and provide food and shelter. Check out information on the Wildflower Society of WA website.  Plant sales are also regularly held by the Friends of Kings Park.
  • Keep your cat indoors or build it a secure run. If it does spend some time during the day outside, ensure it wears two bells to warn birdlife and small reptiles when it is around (as many cats can control the sound made-or not-by just one bell).
  • Manage your dog’s behaviour by keeping it on a lead at all times during walks, avoid conservation areas marked as not suitable for dogs and consider getting an enclosed dog run if you have a large bush property.
  • De-sex your pets and do not dump unwanted domestic pets.
  • Avoid using pesticides. For example, if you have an issue with rats please consider these tips to minimise harm to native wildlife: Society for the Preservation of Raptors Fact Sheet.
  • Be aware of wildlife when driving.  Keep a box, towel and gloves in your car in case you need to rescue wildlife. 
  • Do not litter. In particular, when fishing, do not leave fish hooks, line, sinkers, plastic bags or any other litter behind. They are a danger to wildlife.