Little Oak Sanctuary Hand with ResidentBy Little Oak Sanctuary

Little Oak Sanctuary is located under an hour from Canberra, towards the South Coast in NSW.  We are a registered not for profit charity with a mission of providing sanctuary to animals in need whilst promoting compassion for all animals through education and cruelty-free living.  This is our news!

Little Oak Sanctuary is predominantly by its creators, James & Kate, with assistance from our community in the form of working bees.  We’ve had great success with our first round of weekend sanctuary hand volunteers, and would like to thank Laila and Jennifer tremendously to their contribution to the sanctuary!  We have reviewed the structure of our volunteer program and will be modifying the positions accordingly.

We are once more seeking expressions of interest for a Weekend Sanctuary hand position, the position will be unpaid (volunteer basis) as per all positions at Little Oak Sanctuary.  Volunteers will be required to make a commitment of one day (max 4 hours) on the weekend at the sanctuary each MONTH.  We hope to gather a group of between 8-10 committed individuals and will be rostering the time so that volunteers will be at the sanctuary in pairs.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please read on!

Cleaning shelters
Replenishing bedding
Cleaning water troughs
Assistance with routine animal care (Grooming, hoof trimming goats and sheep etc)
Providing interaction/cuddles for the animals
Preparing feeds
Assistance with fencing
Weeding of paddocks
Training will be provided for all duties

Essential skills
Own transport (preferably SUV or 4WD but not essential)
Ability to drive a manual transmission car (farm ute etc)
Confident and calm around animals
Reasonable physical strength/fitness (no back injuries etc)

Desirable skills
Experience with large animal care – horses etc

Position Description
This role is unpaid as a volunteer position (as are all positions at Little Oak at this time). It will require a commitment to attend the sanctuary once a month on either a Saturday or Sunday for a maximum of 4 hours, depending on sanctuary events such as open days.  The role will require a commitment for a minimum three (3) month period, which may be extended if Little Oak Sanctuary and the volunteer both agree to an extension.

If you love animals and are able to commit to regular volunteer work or would like to know more, please email your application to