Australia Zoo’s ‘khaki crew’ wants you

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The Australia Zoo volunteer program is ready to accept new applicants.

Volunteers at Australia Zoo with a koala

Australia Zoo is calling for hands-on helpers to join its ‘khaki crew’ of volunteers.

Anyone with a passion for wildlife conservation can apply for the volunteer program.

Head of Education and Volunteers at Australia Zoo Alistair Lavers said volunteers played a crucial role at the zoo, supporting keepers and helping create memorable experiences for guests.

Volunteers provide valuable support to our keepers and guests at Australia Zoo and we are immensely proud of their dedication in helping us continue Steve’s mission of ‘conservation through exciting education’,” Mr Lavers said.

“Every volunteer is part of the Australia Zoo culture and contributes to our conservation mission while building their own skillset and career paths.”

Applicants must be 18 or older, although Australia Zoo also offers a high school work experience program for students aged 14–17.

Once accepted into the program, volunteers complete a five-day probation period before applying for an ongoing placement.

Volunteer Margaret Brasseaux was inspired to join the program by the Irwin family’s conservation work.

“It also gave me the chance to confirm my desire to work towards protecting wildlife all around the world through hands-on experiences,” Ms Brasseaux said.

You are able to experience multiple departments and work with professionals that will assist you on your journey.

“You also get to connect with like-minded people, who can further support and motivate you.”

Clicker here to learn more or email volunteers@australiazoo.com.au.

What volunteers do

  • Keeping volunteers help maintain the animal habitats and zoo gardens and assist keepers with wildlife demonstrations.
  • Guest experience volunteers assist with welcoming guests and delivering high standards of customer service.
  • Wildlife Hospital volunteers are involved in animal husbandry duties and support the veterinary team.

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