Volunteer and Work Experience

Are you passionate about farming?... Do you adore alpacas? ... love llamas? - why not Join Our Farm Family!

Are you passionate about farming ? Do you dream of spending your days surrounded by alpacas, llamas and goats? Then why not volunteer at Blackwattle Alpaca Farm? Gain valuable experience in the farming industry while getting to know all the quirky personalities that make up our happy herd of alpacas and llamas. 

About Us:

Blackwattle Alpaca Farm is a picturesque farm nestled in the heart of Murrumbateman. We’re home to a diverse group of animals, including charming alpacas, majestic llamas and playful goats. Our mission is to provide a quality home for our animals as well as an educational environment where visitors can learn about these remarkable creatures. It is a great place to experience the joys of farm life.

Location: Blackwattle Alpaca Farm, 315 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman, NSW 2582

Phone: 0403 991 612

Who can become a volunteer?

To apply for a role as part of Blackwattle Alpaca Farms’s Volunteer Program candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years and over.
  • Commit to the minimum time requirements (this varies by role).
  • Have a love for animals and a genuine interest in farm life.
  • Possess good physical fitness, as some tasks may involve lifting and physical labor.
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal skills for interacting with visitors.
  • Be reliable and have the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Secondary Students only – If you are under 18 years of age, please contact us to discuss school work experience opportunities. 
  • Tertiary Student Work Experience only – applicants to be enrolled in a certificate/degree in veterinary medicine or animal care and have successfully completed all necessary course requirements. A minimum of 4 weeks notice is required to host a placement, so please contact us well in advance. 


Volunteer Roles and Duties:

We have a number of different departments in which you can volunteer and gain experience. 

  • Animal Care: Assist in the care of alpacas, llamas and goats. Ensure all animals receive the proper nutrition and help maintain clean and comfortable living spaces for our animals. This includes cleaning paddocks, coops, and other farm areas.
  • Tours: Assist our tour guides in hosting guided tours for farm visitors. 
  • Retail: Greet visitors, answer questions, and provide excellent customer service. Provide assistance with front of house sales.
  • General Farm Maintenance: Pitch in with other farm tasks, such as gardening and grounds maintenance.
  • Dye Studio: Assist our staff in the dye studio and witness the wool journey from paddock to product.
Time Commitment: Flexible hours with a weekly commitment.

  • Long Term Volunteer –  Volunteers commit to one 4-6 hour day per week for 3 months or more. Volunteer days include Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tertiary Student Work Experience – applicants commit to a 1 or 2 week block, completing working experience from 10 to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Note: due to the nature of the business,  the training required and the animal encounters we provide we are unable to take short term volunteers. 



  • Gain valuable experience in the farming and animal care industry.
  • Opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn about alpacas, llamas and other farm animals.
  • Experience the perks of farm life – breathtaking scenery and adorable animals. 
  • Get plenty of interactions and photos with the alpacas and llamas. 
  • Make new friends and be part of a welcoming and passionate farm community.
  • Free morning tea – tea/coffee and ‘cake of the day’

How to Apply:

For all Long-Term Volunteer enquiries please complete the form below. Be sure to tell us a little bit about yourself! Let us know if you have any previous farm/animal care/crafting experience, what department you may be interested in volunteering in and your availability.

For all  Tertiary Student Work Experience inquiries please complete the form and attach your resume and a brief cover letter detailing your work placement requirements.

Come join us at Blackwattle Alpaca Farm and share your love for animals while making a meaningful contribution to our farm’s mission. We can’t wait to meet you and embark on this farm adventure together! Note: All volunteers will be required to complete a brief orientation and training before starting their duties. If you are accepted as a volunteer you will be required to pay a $20 induction fee which covers your training, insurance and name badge.