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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, 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. 

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
  • Birds
  • Ungulates and Primates
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Horticulture
  • Taronga Wildlife Hospital
  • Education / Tourism

Application Process

Applications for 2017 Work Experience are now closed. 

Applications for 2018 will open Monday 9 October, 2017

Please remember only 1 application per school will be accepted and priority will be given to NSW students. Applications close Friday 23th February 2018.


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 99784739 or 99784624