Battle for dream job: Hundreds compete for vacancy at RSPCA
RESUMES in hand, a large group of nervous job applicants eagerly waited for the doors to open at the RSPCA's Wacol campus.
Kalbar's Sarah Coller was at the front of the queue for a group interview last week and was the first to walk through the doors as the clock struck 9am.
The 21-year-old animal lover is one of 400 applicants competing for just 13 managerial, animal attendant and vet nurse positions at the RSPCA's Ipswich site.
"I did a year of vet nursing at UQ Gatton and then a Certificate II in animal studies at the RSPCA," Sarah said.
"I have always wanted to work with animals. This would be my dream job."
The RSPCA's Michael Beatty said competition for paid work in Queensland's animal industry was fierce.
"There just aren't that many jobs in the animal industry in general so it is very competitive," he said.
"The RSPCA also offers a ladder of opportunity, people go from being animal attendants to shelter managers, members of the behavioural team or even train to be vet nurses."
Mr Beatty said those who got the job would face plenty of highs and lows in the newly created roles.
"You have to love animals to do the job but it's not just playing with cute pets all day, you see a lot of suffering as well," he said.
"It's like a roller-coaster ride but the good does outweigh the bad."
Ipswich City Council awarded the tender for the West Ipswich site to the RSPCA, who will take over from Animal Welfare League Queensland from October 1.