Work experience

Secondary school work experience

The online applications for 2016 Secondary School Work Experience placements will be open from Monday 24th August until 5pm Friday 18th September 2015. Only applications submitted between these dates will be accepted.

The Role Description for each property as well as the Proposed Work Experience with Animals Summary of Students' Experience Form are accessible now and can be viewed via the links below.

Students can only apply for one Zoo property (either Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo or Healesville Sanctuary).

Students must be chosen and endorsed by school Careers teachers and only ONE student application will be accepted per school.
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Healesville Sanctuary Role Description (PDF)

Melbourne Zoo Role Description (PDF)

Werribee Open Range Zoo Role Description (PDF)

Proposed Work Experience with Animals Summary of Students Experience Form (PDF)

Tertiary education supervised work based placement

Please read below for information on how to apply in 2015. We will be accepting applications from February to April 2015.

A number of tertiary courses require students to complete a certain amount of hours in practical work placements. Zoos Victoria has established partnerships with many Victorian tertiary institutions to provide a work experience facility to their students.

Students enrolled in relevant courses may be offered placements in the Life Sciences division, but placements are limited and only open to those institutions listed below.

Generally, each placement extends for a period up to 80 hours over a one or two-week period, but can be more or less depending upon the circumstances obtaining at the time.

Students interested in applying for tertiary placements at one of the three Zoos Victoria campuses, do so through their institution and their work placement or course coordinator. They will have an electronic application form for you to fill out and return back to them. The coordinator will then provide Zoos Victoria with a shortlist of applicants and the successful students will be selected by Zoos Victoria.

Applications will be accepted from the start of February to 30 April each year.

Institutions currently in partnership with Zoos Victoria are:

Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Deakin University
Victoria University of Technology
Melbourne Polytechnic
La Trobe University
Monash University

Veterinary students

The Veterinary Department currently offers a clinical externship program for students undertaking the Veterinary Science degree. The program is offered to students completing their final (clinical) years and is advertised within the Veterinary Science faculties each year. A covering letter and CV are submitted 12-18 months in advance of the nominated placement periods, and placements are allocated on the basis of the written application.

For Melbourne Zoo the program is generally advertised during January–February of each year (for placements during the following year). At Healesville Sanctuary applications are accepted all year round. Students should be aware that there is strong competition for these placements, as they are offered to students at all vet schools in Australia. All students are expected to be self-motivated, enthusiastic and clinically competent. A basic knowledge of the principles of wildlife and exotic animal medicine is assumed.