Opening Hours

  • Most Days: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesdays: 10am - 5pm
  • Viewing of Animals - Daily: 9am - 4pm      
  • Sundays and Public Holidays: CLOSED

Employment Opportunities

RSPCA ACT offers a range of exciting roles at a variety of levels. From time to time, opportunities become available and are filled through a merit-based process. Core skills needed for all roles at RSPCA ACT include:

An empathy for and understanding of animal welfare
Outgoing personality embodying a willingness to always improve
Loyalty, honesty, integrity and personal maturity
Able to balance passion with integrity and common sense

RSPCA adopts an equal employment philosophy. Successful candidates are required to submit a police check and in some circumstances, a medical examination may be sought.

RSPCA ACT offers:
Free parking
Subsidised Veterinary Care for your pet
A range of other employee benefits

Available Positions


RSPCA ACT’s mission is the prevention to cruelty to animals in the ACT. We are the only animal shelter for all species, as well as, full time animal welfare Inspectorate in the greater Canberra community. Our 60+ staff members and hundreds of volunteers care for thousands of abused, neglected, abandoned, injured, sick and unwanted animals every year.

Click here to read more about our history and our mission.

Chief Executive Officer

  • Make a Significant Difference to the Lives of Animals
  • Engage the Community - Innovate and Build Capacity
  • Attractive Package – Canberra Based

RSPCA ACT operating in the ACT for 60 years, continues to make a significant difference to the lives of animals helping to protect and advocate for their better welfare across our local community.

Imagine a community free of animal neglect and cruelty; a community where all animals have the best chance at finding a home or being returned to the wild where they belong.  The RSPCA ACT lives this dream every day. In the next year it anticipates that about 4,000 animals will come through their shelter. They will answer 2,000 animal cruelty complaints, prepare 150,000 meals, clean 73,000 kennels and cages, desex thousands of companion animals, and walk a staggering 10,000kms exercising dogs.

This is your opportunity to leverage the heritage of this highly recognised and values-based organisation that continues to meet the needs of animals and the broader community through its services and programs. Leading your team of dedicated staff and committed volunteers, you will build on the past and look to the future on how to innovate and build capacity and services, generate revenue, attract sponsorship and funding from key supporter and stakeholders.

Your entrepreneurial and client services-oriented style will engage and lead the organisation to deliver against its key objectives “The Five Freedoms for Animals,” as well as achieving operational excellence through demonstrated strategic leadership including financial and business stewardship.

To be successful in this role you will be known for your commitment to animal welfare and have clearly demonstrated your ability to deliver valued contributions. You will have the gravitas and communication skills to build effective partnerships, lead a large workforce of valued volunteers and engage with the generosity of donors and the broader community.

To find out more contact Keith Cantlie or Trish Philpott on 02 6239 7755 or email  Job Reference: 5031

Applications Close11:55pm Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Fundraising Officer - Full time


Fundraising Officer – Full-time

RSPCA ACT has an exciting maternity placement position available in the marketing and fundraising team. This position would suit an organised, resilient and independent individual who is happy to work in a high performing team, while helping animals in need throughout the greater Canberra community.

This key role within the marketing and fundraising team is focused on bringing in much needed revenue to help fund the vital work of RSPCA ACT. You will be involved in acquiring new donors as well as maintaining relationships with our wonderful supporters across many levels of giving. You will also be involved in managing and maintaining our CRM and where possible, add value to better segment data to provide new learnings about our supporters.

This role will suit someone who is an outcome focused proactive self-starter that has strong skills in managing projects, analysing data to provide recommendations, writing content that tells a story and an eye to seek out new opportunities to grow revenue generated by the marketing and fundraising team. This is a diverse role and will suit someone who enjoys being in the thick of it with all kinds of animals. Experience with proven results in the fields of fundraising and/or marketing will be highly regarded.

You will need to be positive, pragmatic, flexible, someone who simply gets on with the job and above all be a team player. You should have a genuine interest in animals and their well-being and enjoy working hard in a busy environment with a great team of people.

You will be employed under a Contract of Employment. This is a full-time, 12-month maternity placement position, and will include occasional weekend and after-hours work.

If you are interested in this role download the following documents and apply as indicated:

Job Description

Health Declaration

Personal Information Cover Sheet

Selection Criteria Downloads:


Your resume, covering letter and responses to the selection criteria are to be forwarded to

Applications not addressing the selection criteria will not be considered


Senior Veterinarian - Full time


Senior Veterinarian – Full-time

It takes a special person to be a Shelter veterinarian! Yes, you must have the technical skills, experience and knowledge. However, you must also enjoy surgeries (you’ll have plenty), working with lots and lots of animals (as we see almost 6000 domestic and wildlife animals a year) and have a passion for helping the abandoned, injured, neglected or unwanted animals in our community.

A position exists in our veterinary clinic in the beautiful area of Weston Creek, Canberra. We are looking for an experienced senior veterinarian to fill this full time position in a challenging role that is variety filled. You will be handling all domestic animals as well as providing treatment for our local injured and orphaned wildlife. We need you to be a leader and mentor to our veterinary clinic team. You will be required to work a 38 hour week and expected to be on-call Sundays and public holidays on a rotating roster with our other veterinarians.

The staff at the RSPCA vet clinic are happy and fun to work with and have a great team dynamic. The vet clinic is well equipped with the latest monitoring equipment, digital x-ray, ultrasound, IM3 dental system.

Although we have the extremes of temperature here in Canberra, it is a wonderful place to live and you are literally only two hours away from the coast or the snow and three hours from Sydney.

RSPCA ACT offers a number of employee benefits.

To apply for the position you will need to download the following documents:

Job Description

Health Declaration

Personal Information Cover Sheet

Applications are to be emailed to

Applications Close 20 April 2018