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National Trust - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are very proud to have been awarded the ‘2018 Gold Coast Business Excellence Award’ in the category of ‘Student Employability’. In addition, we have been State Finalists in the Queensland Training Awards for both 2018 and 2019, based in part upon the success of our School Based Traineeship program. We welcome the energy, passion and skills that high school students contribute to our business operations and have several opportunities on offer.



Over the last 7 years, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has successfully engaged almost 200 School Based Trainees. The trainees work one day per week here at the Sanctuary to learn on-the-job work skills, and theory to gain a qualification at Certificate 3 Level.

The School Based Traineeship Program is open to Year 10 and 11 high school students. These traineeships are paid roles, but are by invitation only, and places are limited. We take great pride in offering this learning opportunity to upskill motivated young school students, so you can ‘Earn while you Learn’ and kick start your career journey. 
In 2020, we are offering School Based Traineeships in BSB30115 Certificate III in Business which includes work in the following departments: Food and Beverage outlets, Retail stores, Visitor & Member Services, Marketing and Admin Support services.

If you are a  current high school student on the Gold Coast, the Career Centre at your school or your Industry Liaison Officer will have details available of our current vacancies. 

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer School Based Traineeships in any animal related roles


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an active supporter of creating employment pathways for Indigenous students within our organisation. We have partnered with Prestige Service Training to offer Year 10 and 11 students the opportunity to “Earn while you Learn”. You can gain a Certificate 3 qualification while still at school, and be paid for the work experience you do. If you are interested in a career within the Tourism, Hospitality, Admin or Retail industries, this could be a dream opportunity for you. 

For more information on any of our traineeships please contact Prestige Services Training, Marikka Wilken, Mobile: 0439 134 293 Phone: 1300 368 097 Email:



tafe course work placEment


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does not provide direct work experience that is required to complete Certificate III Captive Animals. However, we are in partnership with TAFE NSW, Kingscliff campus to deliver this Certificate III qualification. If you are accepted into this course, your work placement may be conducted here at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Please contact TAFE NSW directly for more details.



We have developed partnerships with selected TAFE colleges that offer the opportunity to study to be a Veterinary Nurse (Stage 1 – Cert. 3 in Animal Studies) or Veterinary Nurse (Stage 2 – Cert 4. in Vet Nursing). If you are accepted into these TAFE courses, your vet nursing work experience will be conducted at our Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.



Opportunities exist for unpaid internship opportunities on an ad-hoc basis within a number of the departments at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. These opportunities are arranged on a case by case basis according to our business needs and in partnership with the placement officer from your educational institution. Please email your details directly to


Limited opportunities exist for work experience within our Wildlife Hospital for clinical final year Veterinarian students. Please email your details directly to