Australia Zoo - home of the Crocodile Hunter Steve IrwinEdit
This information is taken from the Australia zoo website
Where is it?Edit
Australia zoo is a private zoo situated in Beerwah, southern Queensland, Australia.
Visitors can travel to Australia zoo by car, bus, rail, courtesy coach or as part of day tours departing from the Gold Coast or Brisbane in Queenslad, Australia.
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Volunteers come from all walks of life to join the Australia Zoo crew. Here you can work with dynamic people, from whom you can gain knowledge, developing your own professional and personal skills. Volunteers are an important part of the team, and we welcome their involvement and enthusiasm.
People volunteer for many different reasons: work experience for school or uni, to learn what it’s like to be a zoo keeper, to gain experience to further their careers, or just for the personal satisfaction of their efforts.
There are many benefits to volunteer work. It’s a great way to show potential employers that you are hard-working, dedicated to giving back to the community, and to make a contribution to conservation. You will also learn more about the animals themselves. On top of all these reasons, it’s a fun and rewarding way to spend your free time in the best office in town, surrounded by amazing animals.
If you are enthusiastic, dependable, friendly, out-going, interested in conservation, and you enjoy working outdoors, you may be just what we are looking for. Remember, while you may not be jumping crocs or lounging with tigers, you will get to hang out with some of our other interesting animals.
At Australia Zoo we have volunteers helping out with both our Animal and Customer Relations sections.
Our Animal Volunteers help out with lots of different tasks, including, but not limited to:
- Making sure our enclosures are in tip top condition by Sweeping, hosing, raking, cleaning windows, and of course, poop patrol!
- Preparing the gourmet meals that our animals enjoy
- Making toys for some of our more inquisitive residents
- Helping guests to find the best seat in the house, in our 5000 seat Crocoseum stadium
- Taking our cute farm animals for their daily exercise
Our Customer Relations Volunteers look after the two-legged population at the Zoo. As such a volunteer, you may find yourself:
- Welcoming our visitors, and setting them on the right path
- Providing assistance to anybody looking a little lost, and suggesting how to get maximum enjoyment out of their day
- Getting our guests into the Australia Zoo spirit
- Helping visitors locate our shows and facilities
- Assisting with our disabled guests and occasionally helping with guided tours and VIPs
- Being on hand in some of our walk through enclosures to answer questions, and assisting some of our younger guests with feeding and patting some of our furry friends
- Providing assistance at our regular promotional events and children’s activities
How do I apply for the Australia Zoo Volunteer Program?Edit
Please contact us for a volunteer pack, which contains information about the program and an application. You can contact us on 07 5436 2038 or use our contact form. Please complete the application and return it to us with a copy of your resume. Australia Zoo does not have an international volunteer program therefore applications can only be received from within Australia.
How long can I volunteer for?Edit
The minimum commitment is five consecutive days. The maximum amount of time you can complete initially is a block of up to 4 weeks. After you have completed your initial block there is no guarantee that your volunteer position will be extended. This will depend on your suitability to the program, roster availability and other factors.
How old do I need to be to volunteer?Edit
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
Do you have to volunteer to get a job at Australia Zoo?Edit
No. However volunteer work is a great way to show potential employers that you are hardworking, dedicated and committed to conservation.
Will joining the Volunteer Program lead to employment?Edit
Not necessarily. Joining the volunteer program will not guarantee you employment at Australia Zoo.
Does it cost anything to join the Volunteer Program?Edit
On your first day you are required to hand over a security deposit of $50 for your volunteer shirt. This will be returned to you on your last day when you return the shirt.
Does Australia Zoo provide accommodation for volunteers?Edit
No, Australia Zoo is not able to offer accommodation to volunteers. The volunteer pack contains details of accommodation in the local area. Please note that volunteers are also responsible for their own transport to and from Australia Zoo.
Does Australia Zoo have an International Volunteer program?Edit
Unfortunately Australia Zoo does not have an international volunteer program. Applications can only be received from within Australia.
Does Australia Zoo have a school Work Experience program?Edit
Australia Zoo does not have a separate work experience program for high school students, however local students are welcome to apply to complete their work experience through the Volunteer Program. The same application conditions apply, the student must be 16 years or over, able to attend a face-to-face interview, and able to complete an initial block of 5 consecutive days. If you have further enquiries, please feel free to email us via our contact form and your questions will be forwarded to our Volunteer Co-ordinator.