Work at Taronga

Work at Taronga

At Taronga, employment is more than just a job. Our people develop their appreciation of animals, the natural world and the need for conservation on a local and global level, while contributing their specific skills and talents towards our vision of securing a shared future for wildlife and people.

Lydia Tong, Michelle Shaw and Phoebe Meagher, Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Becoming an employee

A career with Taronga offers unique challenges and exciting rewards. We employ people who are committed to providing the highest standard of service to our visitors and quality of care for our animals, and in return we provide them with an opportunity to make a difference to wildlife conservation, as well as a range of employee benefits. 

Keeper Courtney Mahony prepares to feed the Meerkats
Keeper Courtney Mahony prepares to feed the Meerkats

Current vacancies

View all current vacancies for employment positions with Taronga Conservation Society Australia based in both Sydney and Dubbo. 

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Keeper Courtney Mahony prepares to feed the Meerkats
Reptile keeper Emma Bembrick shows off some newly hatched Veiled Chameleon hatchlings
Reptile keeper Emma Bembrick shows off some newly hatched Veiled Chameleon hatchlings

So you want to be a Zoo Keeper?

If you enjoy being around animals, then there is no better job for you than Zoo keeping.

The process of becoming a Zoo keeper may be more challenging than you think, so here are some tips to get you on your way towards a very rewarding career.

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Reptile keeper Emma Bembrick shows off some newly hatched Veiled Chameleon hatchlings
Volunteers at Taronga

Volunteers

Taronga's Volunteer Programs enable people from all backgrounds, experience levels and expertise to experience the magic of Taronga by contributing to our mission of securing a shared future for wildlife and people.

Taronga’s 600+ volunteers are involved in almost every area of our Zoos and we advertise Volunteer vacancies throughout the year.

Youth at the Zoo
Youth at the Zoo

Youth volunteering

Taronga’s Youth at the Zoo program gives teens the opportunity to learn more about how our Zoos operate, develop skills for the future and spend time with like-minded people who share a passion for animals and conservation.  

Youth at the Zoo is a volunteer program, proudly supported by Boral. 

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Youth at the Zoo
New Zealand fur seal
New Zealand fur seal

School work experience in Sydney

Taronga Zoo Sydney offers school work experience opportunities for students in years 10 – 12 who are interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping, animal care, tourism 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. 

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New Zealand fur seal
Taronga Keeper with Quokka
Taronga Keeper with Quokka

School work experience in Dubbo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo also offers a work experience program for students interested in pursuing a career in zoo keeping, animal care, tourism, education or zoo horticulture.

Work experience may be undertaken in a range of animal divisons, as well as Education and Tourism departments.

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Taronga Keeper with Quokka