Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will be partially open on Sunday (19th January) due to the recent extreme rain and flooding. Koala Photos and limited shows will be operating and visitors will be able to access some of the exhibits. The Western reserve of the Sanctuary will remain closed until Monday 20th January so that our team can ensure the site is safe for visitors. The train will also not be running. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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National Trust - Currumbim Wildlife Sanctuary are very proud to have been awarded the 2018 Gold Coast Business Excellence Award in the category of Student Employability. We welcome the energy, passion and skills that students contribute to our operations and have three levels of student training / work experience opportunities on offer.



Over the last 6 years, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has successfully hosted over 150 School Based Trainees who work one day per week here at the Sanctuary to learn on the job work skills, and learn 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 skill up motivated young school students, so you can earn while you learn and kick start your career. Traineeships are for work within the following departments: Food and Beverage, Retail, Visitor & Member Services, Sanctuary Admin & Support Services.

In 2019, the Sanctuary is offering School Based Traineeships in the following four qualifications 

  • Visitor Operations – Certificate III Business Operations 
  • Business Administration -  Certificate III Business Administration 
  • Retail Operations – Certificate III Business Retail 
  • Commercial Team Operations -  Certificate III Retail Food & Beverage 

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

If you are a  current high school student on the Gold Coast, your school’s career centre or Industry Liaison Officer will have details available of our current vacancies. For more information on any of our traineeships please contact Prestige Services Training, Andrew Henthorn, Mobile: 0488 863 009 Phone: 1300 368 097 Email:


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an active supporter of creating employment pathways for Indigenous students within our organisation. We have partnered with Prestige Service Training (PST) 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.


tafe course work placEment


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does not provide direct work experience that is required to complete Certificate 3 Captive Animal Management. However, we have entered into a partnership with Kingscliff TAFE college to deliver this Cert 3 qualification. If you are accepted into this course, your work placement may be conducted here at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Please contact Kingscliff TAFE 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