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School Work Experience at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo's Work Experience program is for school students interested in pursuing a career in the zoo industry. The program is voluntary, unpaid and for school students in years 10, 11 and 12. The Work Experience student will spend time on various divisions within Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

One successful applicant per school will be assigned for one week's duration (Monday to Friday), excluding school and public holidays. Students and careers advisers are required to read the Work Experience Information document.

Students with special needs

Taronga Western Plains Zoo accepts students with special needs, as long as any necessary support is available and students are suitable for particular Zoo work areas.

Application Process

Applications for work experience in 2014 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo are now closed.

Applications for 2015 work experience will be available early in term 4 2014.

Please check this web page early in term 4 as work experience placements are very popular and fill very quickly.


Your school will need to approve the work experience placement so please direct all of your communication to the school careers adviser. Please do not contact the Zoo as our arrangements are also subject to the school calendar and we will be required to contact the school.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Education Centre

Meet a Keeper

Meet a Keeper is a one-day program for school students aged 14 years and over who have expressed a keen interest in pursuing a career at the Zoo, but can't attend the School Work Experience.