Featherdale Wildlife Park - Sydney Australia

Sydney’s Hands-On Wildlife Experience

Volunteers at Featherdale

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become a volunteer

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for first semester 2019 are now closed as the program is full. Applications for semester 2 will open in June. Demand for placements is high and spaces fill rapidly so unfortunately we are not able to accept all applicants. You will be contacted for an interview if your application is successful

Featherdale Wildlife Park provides volunteer opportunities to approximately 70 animal loving volunteers throughout the year!

See below for more information:

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

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.

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

All ANIMAL CARE places for 2018 are now FULL. Applications for 2019 will open in January 2019.

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.