Volunteer for Endangered Species Conservation in Australia

Gladstone, Australia Wildlife & Environmental Conservation



Care for wombats and wallabies at the Endangered Species Conservation facility, providing care for injured, sick, and orphaned wildlife through its rescue and rehabilitation program. Rescued animals are nursed back to health and, if possible, released back into the wild.

The facility also manages captive breeding programs and partners with the government, universities, and zoological institutions to conduct research on native wildlife. As well, the center provides educational programs for local community groups and schools, teaching the conservation of animals.


Volunteers care for many different species of animals, although this project mainly cares for Bridled Nail Tailed Wallabies and Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats. Volunteers will be directly involved in the animals’ care. You may have the opportunity to physically handle the animals depending on the specific task you are undertaking, for example, you may assist with rescues and releases back into the wild or the trapping of Bridled Nailtail Wallabies for health checks. Some animals like a scratch and if there are joeys in care, they require regular bottle feeding, however animal handling will not be a usual part of your day.

Field conditions

The facility cares for approximately 100 animals, ranging from bridled nailtail wallabies, southern hairy nosed wombats, northern hairy nosed wombats, sugar gliders, squirrel gliders, lizards, snakes, birds, koalas, and kangaroos.

You will work directly with the animals, focusing on animal husbandry tasks, food harvesting and preparation, and cleaning of enclosures. Volunteers also assist with facility maintenance, tree planting, and fundraising events and community education.

You’ll need to be fluent in English to follow directions, wake up early for chores, and be able to work in the heat. The facility is located in a quiet locale, so it is a great chance to immerse yourself in the Australian country and hear the many stories told by the owner, an avid animal activist.

Although you’ll be living and working onsite, once a week you’ll visit the town and take in the local sights. After work, you can visit restaurants, shops, and cultural or recreational areas on your own, or with friends you make on the project.

Arrival and orientation

Volunteers have two choices for travel to the site. You’ll fly into Gladstone Airport, or fly into Brisbane, and then take a bus or train to Gladstone. You can arrive any day you choose, however, You will need to arrive before 4.30 or we can arrange a stay for you at Gladstone Backpackers.

At the Endangered Species Conservation Centre in Gladstone, you will receive an orientation upon arrival, followed by on-the-project training. This is to ensure the best standards of care are given to the animals at the center. The owner and local staff are onsite to assist with any support you may need during your placement.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Accommodation is onsite at in single dorm rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen. Your meals are included, and food is provided. Participants prepare their own breakfast and lunches, however, dinner is a group activity and made by the center. Vegan and vegetarian options are available, and drinking water is supplied.


Volunteers will stay in a dormitory-style house.


from $503 USDper week

from $503 USDper week


What’s included

  • Return transfers from the airport to the local town

  • Transfers from the local town to the project (depending upon availability)

  • On-the-job training

  • Project orientation, information pack, and safety briefing

  • Accommodation

  • Food and meals

  • 24/7 local support network

  • Project placement & onsite supervision, training

  • Dedicated pre-departure support

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance

  • In-country trips and excursions

  • Airfare

  • Visas

  • Personal spending money

  • Travel insurance

Start dates

Start dates are any day of the year, subject to availability. The facility is open year-round.

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers sends volunteers on adventure trips that focus on animals, wildlife, and conservation. Founded in Melbourne, Australia by Tracy Leske and Cassie Smith, animal lovers and committed volunteers, O2E facilitates quality travel experiences that are meaningful, safe, and low-cost. O2E promotes the ethical treatment of all animals and living ecology by connecting volunteers wanting a hands-on experience with partner NGOs that offer sustainable projects in Australia, Asia, South America, and Africa. O2E raises funds for animal welfare and habitat protection by providing purposeful experiences for its volunteers.

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