Featherdale Wildlife Park - Sydney Australia

Sydney’s Hands-On Wildlife Experience

Volunteers at Featherdale

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become a volunteer

PLEASE NOTE: There are currently NO vacancies in our Volunteer program

Featherdale Wildlife Park provides volunteer opportunities to approximately 25 animal loving volunteers throughout the year! Our volunteer program consists of two tiers as below:

Student Volunteer- Aimed more towards education and providing an entry into the Captive Animal industry, this programme looks to rotate volunteers through the different areas of animal management.


  • Studying Captive Animals or Animal Studies at TAFE
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week
  • Passionate, driven and energetic

Casual Volunteer - Aimed towards anyone with a passion for animals, wildlife and conservation education, this programme allows members of the public the opportunity to work closely with the animals, to learn more about our fascinating native fauna and to talk to and educate visitors.


  • Able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week
  • Passionate and with a friendly, approachable attitude
  • Happy to chat with visitors and answer basic questions, our casual volunteers may be expected to monitor animal interaction areas of the park

As a valued member of the Featherdale animal care team, volunteers will be given all the knowledge and training required to carry out day to day duties and answer questions from visitors.

Positions Available:

  • There are currently NO vacancies in our Volunteer program

If availabilities are listed above and you are interested in applying for either of our volunteer programmes, please download and complete the application form and return via e-mail to jocelyn_hockley@featherdale.com.au 

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only successful applicants will be contacted.

work placement

Please note, our workplacement program in the Animal Care department is FULL for 2016.

Early morning starts, working outside in rainy weather and picking up animal poo is not everyone’s cup of tea but if we haven’t managed to turn your mind off working in the zoological industry, then conducting work placement at Featherdale is one of the best opportunities school students have of determining whether their chosen career path is one they wish to pursue.

Featherdale runs a Work Placement Program that provides a space for students studying in year 10 and 11.  Work placement consists of a 5 day block week where you get the opportunity to learn what it’s really like to lead the life of a zoo keeper.  Business and Tourism students are also welcome to conduct work placement in Featherdale’s retail and administration departments. 

To organise your work placement at Featherdale, please email Penrith Schools Industry Network on kerrie@schoolsindustry.com.au. Please note that spaces are limited fill very quickly.