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Taronga Zoo's Work Experience program is for school students who are interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping, animal care or zoo horticulture. The program is suitable for school students in years 10, 11 and 12. 

In the interests of fairness, only one successful applicant per school will be considered and possibly assigned to a Zoo animal division for one week (Monday to Friday), excluding school and public holidays. Careers advisers and students are required to read and sign the work experience information package. 

Indigenous students

Taronga Zoo employs an Aboriginal Education Officer who contributes to creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment for indigenous students.

Students with special needs

Taronga Zoo accepts students with special needs, as long as support is available and students are suitable for particular Zoo work areas. Please contact the Education Centre staff to discuss necessary arrangements.

Taronga Zoo's Work Experience divisions may include

  • Marine Mammals
  • Australian Mammals
  • Australian and Farm Animals
  • Carnivores
  • Birds
  • Ungulates and Primates
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Horticulture
  • Veterinary and Quarantine Centre

Application Process

To apply for work experience in 2014 at Taronga Zoo, download the Information Pack and Application Form located below.

Please remember only 1 application per school will be accepted. Applications close 21 Feb, 2014

Applications for 2015 will be open early October.


Ultimately 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.

For more information


 Phone: 02 99784624

So, you want to be a Zoo Keeper!

So, you want to be a Zoo Keeper!
Zoo keeping is the most famous zoo job, but there is more to this role than caring for animals – you’ll need qualifications, experience and the ability to handle visitors too!