• Employment / Work Placement

    So you want to work with us at HHPG?
    We are not currently seeking employees however most of our staff have come to us through work placement, a connection through an animal studies course or through some volunteering with us or another animal organisation.

    Yes! We do offer workplacement or volunteer positions.

    Work Experience (High school)

    Please send us an email with your:

    • - Name, date of birth, address, and your resume and cover letter
    • - Year of study & school
    • - Preferred dates (please send through 3 options, we dont take more than two students per week)
    • - Number of hours of workplacement you need to complete
    • - A little bit about you, why you chose HHPG for your workplacement, what you'd like to achieve from your time with us and where you see yourself working in the animal industry

    Once you (and your dates) have been tentatively accepted we ask that you come and meet us for final acceptance of your position.


    Workplacement (Certificate II or III)

    Please send us an email with your:

    • - Name, date of birth, address, and your resume and cover letter
    • - Course & school
    • - Preferred dates or days
    • - Number of hours of workplacement you need to complete
    • - A little bit about you, why you chose HHPG for your workplacement, what you'd like to achieve from your time with us and where you see yourself working in the animal industry

    Once you (and your dates) have been tentatively accepted we ask that you come and meet us for final acceptance of your position.


    Volunteering

    Please send us an email with your:

    • - Name, date of birth, address, and your resume and cover letter
    • - Commit to a day or days and set hours (this can be discussed and finalised later)
    • - A little bit about you, why you chose HHPG for your workplacement, what you'd like to achieve from your time with us and where you see yourself working in the animal industry

    Once you (and your dates) have been tentatively accepted we ask that you come and meet us for final acceptance of yourposition with us.


    How to improve your chances of working in the animal industry:

    • - Be willing to volunteer
    • - Help a shelter, they always need help and you will learn many facets of the industry
    • - Do as many face to face (rather than online) courses / workshops / seminars paid and free etc etc as possible
    • - Open your mind and be willing to get your hands dirty!
    • - Get on to animal forums and FB pages and watch, listen and learn
    • - Show initiative (never send an email asking the potential employer to 'reply to me for resume'. Nobody has time for that!)
    • - Ask if you can shadow staff to learn
    • - Be willing to start at the bottom
    • - Help put at social days, adoption days, help with raffles etc and mingle with potential colleagues
    • - Ask if theres anything extra you can do

    If you are lucky enough to secure a position:

    • - Always be on time
    • - Dress neatly (ask what is expected)
    • - Be friendly, polite and professional at all times
    • - Follow all policies (particularly with privacy, confidentiality and phones in the work place)
    • - Ask for help, ask questions, you will learn so much quicker than if you didn't ask for guidance and information
    • - And finally, be kind and caring to the animals in your care at ALL times - never ever put an animal in danger

    What does HHPG look for in a potential emplopyee?

    • - An assertive person who is compassionate and can show empathy and a gentle manner
    • - Professionalism
    • - A friendly team player who communicates well with management, colleagues and clients
    • - Someone who is flexible
    • - A drivers license helps!
    • - A trustworthy person - All staff must provide a police check at their own expense
    • - Someone who is willing to learn and improve their animal handling skills
    • - Positive, happy person who interacts well with both the dogs in their care and colleagues