School Work Experience

School Work Experience

Important notice

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 throughout 2020 and the large number of Work Experience students postponed to 2021 placements, we have very limited placements available for 2021.

We are opening up applications for TERM 4 2021 only, however if an applicant selects 'Can attend any date during NSW Term Dates', there may be opportunities that become available earlier in the school year. If this occurs, the Taronga Western Plains Zoo Education team will liaise directly with that student and careers adviser.

Overview

Taronga Western Plains Zoo offers school work experience opportunities for students in Years 10-12 who are interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping and animal care.

Applications are now open for 2021.

If you or your child are interested in applying, speak to your school careers adviser who will liaise with Taronga on your behalf. 

Work experience undertaken at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo allows students to: 

  • Observe and participate in a variety of work being done in the field of zoo keeping, animal care and education
  • Undertake supervised work appropriate to the student’s skill level 
  • Ask questions about a zoo workplace 
  • Gain skills related to being at work at the zoo 
  • Investigate training and employment opportunities with Taronga 

Students will be exposed to a wide range of duties from the very interesting to the very routine, and may include: 

  • Cleaning (anything from windows to animal poo!) 
  • Preparing and distributing food for the animals 
  • Observing and recording animal behavioural information 
  • Assisting with keeper talks 
  • General administrative duties 

Places in Taronga Western Plains Zoo work experience program are very competitive. 
 

Applications

Applications are now open for 2021.

Please be aware that the selection panel will only accept one application for either Taronga Zoo Sydney or Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Students are advised to apply for their preferred site only. Any duplicate submission will void your application. Priority will be given to NSW residents. 

In the interests of fairness, only one successful applicant per school will be considered for placement 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. 

Please direct all communication about applying to your school careers adviser, as approval is required from the school before Taronga can proceed.

Applications will close Friday 11 December 2020.

Please complete and send your application to:

Taronga Western Plains Zoo - Education Centre
PO Box 831
Dubbo NSW 2830

Meet a Keeper

If Work Experience is fully booked, you may wish to attend Meet a Keeper. This 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. Meet Keepers, hear about their career pathways and learn about the variety of pathways to working in a zoo. Find out more about Meet a Keeper