Australia Zoo

Thank you for expressing your interest in the Australia Zoo Volunteer Program. Each year a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers lend their time and efforts, to help Australia Zoo maintain its high standard of animal care and customer service, as well as to help us spread our message for animal conservation.


Our volunteer program options include:

  • Animal keeping volunteers
  • Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital keeping volunteers
  • Customer relations volunteers

Please note, we are unable to accommodate internships and clinical placements.


Please note: All volunteers are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation. Please be advised, there is no guarantee that you will be successful in obtaining a volunteer placement upon submission of your application form and we advise against confirming travel arrangements prior to placement confirmation being received.


Once your application has been reviewed the next step is an online interview. 


Successful applicants will be offered a position and a probationary placement and you will be invited to one of our induction sessions, which are held throughout the year. To ensure all successful applicants can gain an understanding of our volunteers' roles, as well as gain valuable knowledge and experience, volunteers are required to commit to completing 5 probationary shifts within one calendar month of their induction. Flexible rostering of these shifts can be discussed further at your interview.


On completion of this probationary period and pending availability and the achievement of relevant performance requirements, opportunities may exist for an ongoing volunteer placement.


Our volunteer program is not designed to prepare people to enter the Zoo as employees, but rather an opportunity to gain a better understanding of what the industry is like. By completing the volunteer program there is no guarantee of employment at the end of your placement.


At Australia Zoo, our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our guests, team members, animals and larger community is of the utmost priority. Australia Zoo and our guests are required to adhere to all Queensland Health directives, for more information please check out our website.  

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Mission Statement

“Come with me. Share it with me. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save the things that they love. My job, my mission, the reason I’ve been put onto this planet is to save wildlife. And I thank you for coming with me.”

— Steve Irwin  #EarthDay