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School Work Experience at Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo's Work Experience program is for school students who are interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping, animal care, tourism/education 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. 

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.

This unique program includes a seminar presented by a talented panel of Zookeepers, Zoo educators and other Zoo staff members. Students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of zoo-keeping, including:

Indigenous Programs

The Zoos’ Aboriginal Education Officers have developed an excellent Aboriginal education program. The program has been created in partnership with local Aboriginal communities and broadly aims to increase knowledge about Aboriginal culture and provide opportunities and support for Aboriginal children.


Taronga Western Plains Zoo Education Centre is a unique learning area where students are able to immerse themselves in an environment that encourages them to share in the joy of nature. These living classrooms are the ultimate teaching tools, allowing educators to motivate students by introducing them to live animals.