On Thursday 23 May, Souths Cares took students from their School to Work Transition - Learn Earn Legend Program to Taronga Zoo to participate in a session focused on job opportunities and pathways into various roles within the Zoo.


The group were met by Michelle from the Zoos Career Pathway Team and were taken to the Education Centre where she spoke to the students about the different pathways for employment into the Zoo.


The students learned different employment pathways into a career in Zoology at Taronga Zoo which ranged from volunteer work, work experience, internships, scholarships and accredited training courses.


Courses such as Certificate II in Animal Studies and Certificate III in Captive Animals were pathways often taken by Zoo staff whilst working on site, as well as various other short courses offered by field experts.


During the session Michelle introduced two guest speakers to the students - both Zoo Keepers in different divisions.


They spoke about their journey to arrive at their dream job in the Zoo.


Most of the employees mentioned that they had been volunteers who demonstrated passion and patience for a chance to become part of the Taronga Zoo team.


Students enjoyed listening to the employees and the educational pathways they could possibly pursue.


One of the Zoo Keepers brought around a baby Ringtail Possum for all the students to touch and explained the background history of the possum.


It was great for the students to see a practical example of this branch of the Zoo at work.


Many thanks to Taronga Zoo and staff for organising this special workshop for the students in Souths Cares' Learn Earn Legend Program.