Secondary school work experience

Zoos Victoria has developed a secondary school work experience program to inspire the next generation of youth to work with wildlife.

Each year, a limited number of students are selected to gain experience at one of Victoria’s three zoos; Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo or Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Although the programs are slightly different at each property, we hope that all students finish the week with a deeper appreciation of wildlife, the environment we share with them and how each role within the organisation works towards conservation.

Some key details for applicants: 

  • The program is a full-day, week-long, and all weather
  • Attendance dates for the successful students will be available over each term
  • Successful students will be required to perform physically demanding manual labour duties under supervision

Who is eligible?

Victorian secondary students aged over 15 years are eligible for the program. All work experience students must be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 and provide proof upon acceptance of placement. 

School Careers Coordinators can only endorse one student per school.

Application timelines

The online applications for 2022 Secondary School Work Experience placements are now closed.

Work experience applications for 2023 will open in August 2022. Please keep an eye on this webpage for any updates.