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Wombat Refuge - Majors Creek. Work with iconic Australian native animals. Make a difference!

World, Oceania, Australia, Majors Creek


Travel dates

22°C, 15:39

About the workproject

We need 2 volunteers

We have been hosting volunteers during our school holidays as during term times had proven to be too difficult but we are open to negotiation. So we have vacancies right now in June as well as the next few months up to December/ January 18.
We have a well developed wildlife refuge specialising in rehabilitation and long term care of orphaned or injured wombats. The refuge is on the hill overlooking the pretty little village of Majors Creek. It has a fabulous view of the village and the national park in the distance. The climate here is quite unique.
We have a need to continue development of the holding enclosures, day to day care and maintenance, additional building and the like. We also hope to rebuild a large food garden on our farm some 40 km away which is run down but was quite a grand garden not so long ago. There is also an orchard there which will require maintenance. We are also about to begin development of a wildlife release site on a pristine piece of wilderness not too far from here. That will consist of building a rough cabin and shed as well as the release enclosures themselves.
Some of the day to day work consists of construction, cleaning out and repair and maintenance of wombat pens, feeding and watering, collecting grass and, yes, picking up poo!
So you can see we need helpers with a range of skills but most particularly a love of animals. You will need to be able to converse well in English. You will need to feel comfortable with wombats, tractors, chainsaws, shovels, tools of all sorts and good honest labour like collecting rocks!! We will be able to arrange for you to volunteer with other species carers also. So, it is a bit of farming, a bit of gardening, a bit of building and construction particularly enclosures, a lot of clearing up and pulling out fences etc and a lot of caring for and cuddling wombats. Being good with a camera would be a bonus as we create a wombat calendar each year and are always after good photos.

About the host

Bill (61)

Host since


Last seen online
2 Months ago

My wife Les and I are both retired educators, she a teacher and I was a regional consultant in public education. I am currently teaching 3 days a week in a Learning Support unit in a high school. We run the Majors Creek Wombat Refuge, we assist in the running of two volunteer wildlife rescue groups and are too busy to get everything done. We are expanding our refuge and are about to develop a 80 ha release site as an eco project. We also have a 40ha farm on which we hope to rebuild an extensive vegetable garden. It has a small orchard. We are often involved in wildlife rescues of all sorts.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • farming
  • maintenance tasks
  • eco projects
  • animal care
  • charity work
  • art projects

Expected workhours

  • 6 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • cabin

You will be accommodated in a caravan park style cabin (3.4 x 7.8 mtr) with double bed in separate bedroom, three bunks, shower and toilet, and an all in one kitchen/ dining/ lounge room with a small deck. It is air conditioned and has gas stove, fridge etc and TV. It has gas heating. Wifi available. Great view of the village of Majors Creek. We will supply you with food but you will be preparing your own meals. A second portable building will be available also as a lounge room or another bedroom. That is 2.4 x 8 mtrs. Share our laundry. You will need a drivers licence or be with someone who has one as you will need to be able to drive from one property to the other using our vehicles of course at our cost. If you are a good driver you can have use of our vehicle to trip around as long as you pay for fuel!

  • self catering

  • no money is involved