Volunteer at Little Oak farm animal sanctuary

Our volunteering program is currently on hold due to NSW and ACT lock-down and pandemic restrictions.  We plan to reopen to our sanctuary-hand volunteers as soon as restrictions are eased and we can safely do so.


Sanctuary Hand

Weekend volunteering

Our Sanctuary Hand volunteers assist us most weekends; tasks include cleaning yards, refreshing bedding, undertaking routine animal health tasks, putting out feed, helping construct fences, shelters etc.

If volunteering at Little Oak Farm Animal Sanctuary sounds like something you'd enjoy, please complete the form below.  Each month we send an email to our list of volunteers outlining the upcoming dates for volunteering, and our volunteers simply sign up for any times they're available via a google sheet.  Typically a volunteering day will run from 10 am-2 pm with vegan lunch brought and shared by volunteers.


Our sanctuary is a safe place for all - it is a place of compassion and respect. We do not tolerate racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia or body shaming. Please read our code of conduct before applying, if you are not happy complying with the code, volunteering with us is not for you.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please complete the application form below.

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Vet Care

Animal Assistant

up to 1day a week volunteer position

As the number of animals in care increases, we are seeking a vet or vet nurse to work as an animal care assistant, volunteering one day per week, specialising in the maintenance and care of the sanctuary’s animals.


You will work alongside our on-site animal care team, helping to undertake animal maintenance tasks such as worming, hoof maintenance, grooming, vaccinations, and health checks on each of the 200+ residents in our care. This position will help to identify health issues that require escalation for veterinary treatment and to undertake further research and document chronic conditions or conditions that affect elderly farmed animals, for which limited treatment plans exist.


You must be available one day per week between Friday and Monday, although the specific day of work may change depending on animal health care tasks required, as such, flexibility is required. 

Farmed animal experience is required and qualifications as either a veterinary nurse or veterinarian essential.  Compassion for animals and calm and gentle nature is essential. 

Please submit your resume and application via email through the button below.


off-site volunteer position - 2021

Fundraising Co-ordinator

Fundraising keeps our work alive.  We are seeking an energetic, self-driven volunteer, ideally with experience working for charities to help establish, develop and deliver Little Oak fundraising activities in the Canberra, Sydney and wider NSW area.

The role involves:

  • Identifying fundraising and fundraising opportunities, whether through events, online, collection tin, peer to peer or indirect fundraising methods

  • Establishing a fundraising volunteer team

  • Recruiting, selecting and inducting new volunteers to support fundraising activities

  • Sending emails and social media posts

  • Project management and event planning

  • Establishment of business cases for involvement in fundraising opportunities

  • Execution of events and fundraising activities, including the Compassionate Stakes event

  • Managing the Event and volunteers ensuring the safety of volunteers and the public

  • Measuring the success of various fundraising initiatives

  • Record event outcomes and report monthly to Management Committee


Essential skills:

  • Ability to work autonomously while being able to take direction from the committee

  • Availability to attend planned events

  • Confidence in a leadership role

  • Approachable and friendly to all

  • Excellent time management & organisational skills

  • Highly reliable

  • Proficient with email & social media

  • Supportive of Little Oak Sanctuary's mission

  • Able to commit for a minimum of six months

Highly desirable:

  • Experience in a management  role

  • demonstrated ability to develop and or implement a fundraising plan

  • Follows a vegan lifestyle


This position can be undertaken remotely, so we are open to applicants located across the country.  If this feels like a role you could smash, and would love to use your skills to make a difference to our work, please send an email response to Kate (with your Resume attached).

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Content Database Administrator

off-site volunteer position - 2021

Little Oak has over 200 residents, and thanks to our professional photographer co-founder, thousands of photos and videos of them! We need help sorting this constantly growing library out so that we can get the most of our images and share the stories of our residents the best way possible.  That's where you come in! We are seeking a capable, self-driven volunteer to organise our database of images and video.


The role involves:

  • Organising the storage of images and videos

  • Using appropriate tags so that content can be easily accessed

  • Assisting content writers and committee members to locate appropriate visual content

  • Control access and watermarking of content


Essential Skills:

  • Ability to work with digital media and standard software programs (Adobe creative suite, Canva)

  • Strong computer skills, easily picks up new technology

  • A passion for organising things

  • Highly reliable

  • Problem solving, can do approach

  • Supportive of Little Oak Sanctuary's mission


This position can be undertaken remotely, so we are open to applicants located across the country.  If this feels like a role you would love to have, and would like to use your skills to make a difference to our work, please send an email response to Kate (with your Resume attached).

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