Wildlife Wonders has developed a week-long work experience program for secondary aged school students who have a passion for wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

Students will gain experience working across the many aspects which encompass Wildlife Wonders, including tour guiding, animal husbandry, hospitality work, community engagement, marketing and social media. 

Students finish the week with a deeper appreciation and understanding of how each component within the business contributes to the conservation of the native flora and fauna living throughout the Otways.

Key information for applicants to consider:

    • The program runs for a full work week in rain, hail or shine.
    • The program is pre-allocated to two set weeks each year. Please refer to the application form to view these dates.
    • A moderate level of fitness is required as students will be performing physically demanding tasks under staff supervision.
    • Accommodation is not provided for this program. We can assist successful applicants in finding accommodation if required.

Eligibility and application timeline

The program is open to any secondary students over the age of 15. We request all work experience students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide their vaccination certificates following acceptance to the program.

Applications are currently OPEN and will close in April 2023. Successful applicants will be notified via email by 15th of May 2023.

How to apply

Download, read and complete the following three forms:

    1. Wildlife Wonders Work Experience Application Form
    2. Guidelines for Working with Animals
    3. Work Experience with Animals Form

Documentation and relevant questions regarding the program are to be emailed through to delaney@wildlifewonders.org.au.

Here's what some past students had to say about the experience:

Harry B.

The work experience program at Wildlife Wonders was fantastic! The team was amazing and their energy and enthusiasm made it a great place to be during the week-long program. We learnt a lot about the native Australian wildlife found in the Otways as well as conservation practices both modern and ancient. We got to interact with the environment firsthand which gave us a newfound appreciation and understanding of the conservation work done in the Otways. I highly recommend Wildlife Wonders to anyone looking for an inspiring place to do their work experience. 

Olivia B.

Wildlife Wonders is an incredible and unique conservation park. Their genuine passion, enthusiasm and dedication made it easy and exciting to be a part of their team. I learnt so much, a highlight for me was seeing threatened species thriving in the Wildlife Wonders environment. This was an experience that I’m grateful for and that I will always remember. 

Molly S., Thornbury High School

I had a great time participating in Work Experience at Wildlife Wonders! There were so many things to do and I felt like I really learnt a lot about the wildlife and plants of The Otways! I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes being around and learning about our native animals.

Ashleigh C., Upwey High School

I was fortunate enough to have done work experience with Wildlife Wonders, and I had a great time! The staff were so welcoming, and we got to do heaps of interesting things that you wouldn’t get to do for work experience anywhere else. I would highly recommend doing work experience with them if you get the chance, I made lots of memories that will stay with me for a long time.

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