SPCA New Zealand

Volunteer positions

Animal Ambulance Volunteer
Palmerston North Centre

Animal Ambulance Volunteer

Applicants who would like to be considered for the position of an SPCA animal ambulance volunteer should be aged 25+, have a reasonable standard of education and desirably have previous experience of working with large and small animals.

Training and experience in dealing with the public would be an advantage.

Applicants must also possess a full, clean, current NZ driving licence.

​Personal characteristics

The job demands a dedicated and caring person with a genuine concern for animals. It can often be unpleasant and can include dealing with animals which have suffered severely. Animal ambulance volunteers must be able to cope with highly charged and often emotional people and emergencies. Excellent customer care skills are required.

Volunteer hours

Animal ambulance volunteers are required to work after hours during week days and weekends. A shift system operates for emergency call outs from 5pm until 9pm and, 7am – 9am during week days and 7am – 9pm during weekends.


All training will be provided. Including emergency equipment.

Key requirements

People Care

An animal ambulance volunteer must be able to:

  • cultivate positive customer, volunteer and co-worker relations through professional and courteous interactions.
  • provide quality service to the public, volunteers, and staff while actively promoting our mission, activities and services.
  • cope with highly charged and often emotional people and emergencies. Excellent customer care skills are required.
  • work independently with access to phone or physical support if required.


An animal ambulance volunteer must be able to:

  • ensure a safe work environment in line with the SPCA Health and Safety policies; following all safety guidelines, and modelling safe work practice.
  • take immediate action to address any safety concerns that could put a staff member, volunteer, member of the public, or the organisation at risk.

​Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Work is often performed in an outdoors setting and involves frequent bending, reaching, lifting and kneeling.
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions and household chemicals when cleaning.
  • Frequent exposure to dust and allergens.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of SPCA.
  • Motivated, out-going, polite, and professional manner.
  • Team player.
  • Able to take direction well.
  • An active people person who is reliable, punctual and honest.
  • Thorough and precise in record/note taking.

If you have any questions, please call us on 06 357 2516 or email palmerstonnorth.info@spca.nz.

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