There is an enormous amount of interest in this field of employment. However, there are a number of things you can do to increase your chances for the future.
Most people who are successfully employed as Zoo keepers have gained experience in the animal care industry as volunteers or as part of an animal society or study group. Experience at a veterinary surgery, wildlife park, RSPCA centre, animal welfare organisation, dog training business, wildlife rescue agency, or as a kennel attendant, animal breeder, and animal groomer are useful.
Zoo keeping staff are required to have experience in the animal care industry, or have completed ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies. They are also expected to complete ACM30110 Certificate III in Captive Animals prior to, or early in their employment. However, having completed Certificate III prior to applying for a position will increase the chances of being employed.
There are a number of institutes offering the required courses. As a student of the Taronga Training Institute, you are placed as an intern keeper at Taronga Zoo to complete the required practical component of the course.
Visit the Taronga Zoo Careers site for the Taronga Conservation Society Australia's current job vacancies.
The Australasian Society of Zookeeping is a good source of jobs available in zoos, parks and aquariums