School Work Experience

School Work Experience


Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo's work experience program is for school students in years 10 - 12 who are interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping, animal care, tourism, education or zoo horticulture.

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 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo may be undertaken in the following divisions:

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

Students with special needs

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


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 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. 

Please direct all communication about applying to your school careers adviser, as approval is required from the school before Taronga can proceed. If you try to contact Taronga directly, we will be unable to proceed with your application.

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.