Volunteer to save Port Stephens Koalas
Do you live within 30 minutes’ drive of Anna Bay? We are on the lookout for more volunteers to help us to help koalas.
With a care facility in our future, there will be more opportunities for you to do just a little on a rostered basis. Could you help with admin or computer skills, doing walk and talk tours, cutting leaf for koala food, cleaning out yards, doing laundry or do you have land for a koala food tree plantation?
If you have some time to spare and want to help save koalas and their habitat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your availability and interests. We’ll phone you to arrange an induction session. We need you.
If you’re interested in becoming a Koala Carer and want to find out more before you take the first step, here is some information that might help you decide.
Being a home-based Senior Carer is quite a commitment and undertaking. It is immensely rewarding but also has its challenges. Our success rate is very high from treatment to release. Treatments vary from victims of dog attacks and chlamydia to broken bones and burns.
Carer Training can vary from just a few weeks for Support Carers, and usually takes around 6 months for a Carer culminating with the treatment and care of a koala from start to finish under the supervision of a Senior Carer (who have years of experience). “No carer is an island” – we operate as a team, constantly supporting each other, so good communication is essential.
We are fortunate that all our Senior Carers currently live within a 5km radius of Anna Bay so for logistical and practical purposes it would be ideal for prospective carers to live close to Anna Bay. Our NPWS licensed area is the Tomaree and Tilligerry Peninsulas within the Port Stephens LGA.
Senior Carers who are based at their own home, have a 2 metre by 2 metre enclosure erected on a concrete slab.
1. No dogs are allowed on the property at all.
2. Provide a reasonably quiet and suitable location with easy access to water for the enclosure.
3. Be willing to drive to locate and cut fresh leaf every couple of days.
4. Provide a suitable area of shade for storing leaf.
5. Have some internal storage set aside for baskets, towels, medicines etc., usually requiring 2 or 3 cupboards.
6. For critically injured koalas, we use a modified human baby cot, so a suitable location will be required,
usually inside the house.
7. Have a driver’s licence and vehicle suitable for transporting koalas to and from vet visits.
The first stage of caring is to work under the supervision and direction of a Senior Carer. Support Carers may replace leaf (without having to pick it), collect pellets and clean up rehabilitation yards at a Senior Carer’s home. Koalas that have been hand-raised because they are orphaned or diseased, or adult koalas that have been in care for some time, need to weather their coat and have climbing practise before being released. There is little direct contact with these koalas, but no wound care or medicating is necessary so it is less confronting. The reward is that you are helping to return a healthy koala to the wild. Support carers are rostered as required.
All Carers must be able to perform the required activities to a competent level and observe health and safety practices, follow instructions provided by Care Coordinator and Senior Carers, and apply the OEH Codes of Practice and Port Stephens Koalas policies and procedures learned during training.
Carers are volunteers and so are not paid, but expenses will be reimbursed. Port Stephens Koalas is a charity recognised by Centrelink so over 55 year-olds may volunteer for us instead of seeking work to receive means-tested benefits.
If you are interested, please pay $10 to become a member on our website, and then contact us by email to email@example.com explaining your availability and interests. We’ll phone you to arrange an induction session.”
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Mail: Port Stephens Koalas
PO Box 60, ANNA BAY NSW 2316, Australia