Work Experience & Placements

Interested in completing high school work experience or student placement at the Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary?

TAFE Placements for 2024 open via your TAFE program. High School Work Experience Programs for 2024 open now.

Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary is pleased to offer work experience and student placement opportunities to individuals who wish to gain practical knowledge working with animals. You must share our passion for the conservation of animals, particularly marine mammals, and their environment. 

Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary has been caring for marine wildlife since 1970. We offer a unique and interactive animal experience for our guests.  Visitors who experience our animals up close and discover our conservation programs are inspired to act to protect precious marine animals and their endangered environments.

  • Current job opportunities – vacancies are advertised on the SEEK website.
  • Work experience and student placement opportunities – please email
  • TAFE & Student work placements for 2024 opening via your accredited TAFE program
  • High School Work Experience program for year 10 – 12 students – applications for 2024 open now.

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form below. Applications must be emailed to  

Please note: due to the limited number of spaces in our program we cannot guarantee requested dates.  Work experience programs are not available during the NSW school holidays. Due to the popularity of our work experience program, we may be fully booked up to 12 months in advance.  

Successful applicants for the work experience program will receive hands-on practice working in various areas of Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.  

During your placement, you will have the opportunity to learn about the effort and dedication required to care for our marine animals behind the scenes. This will involve tasks such as preparing animal diets in our fish kitchen, observing husbandry training sessions, as well as a lot of cleaning. 

Your work experience will provide you with a glimpse into the life of an animal trainer, including experience with each shift rotation. Every shift has specific responsibilities, such as learning and assisting in rehabilitating our rescued sea turtles, helping trainers with feeding sessions, daily cleaning duties, and more!  

The work experience placement runs for four days, Monday to Thursday, from 8.30 am to 3.45pm with a one-hour lunch break. 

Apply for work experience here:

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