2022 Youth Volunteers

Secondary Work Experience

Each year we run a number of weeks of secondary work experience. Work experience opportunities are available for secondary (year 10 and up) students who have a passion for working in the environment. Our unique week-long program allows students to gain hands on experience across our ecotourism and conservation organisation.

Students accepted in our work experience program will:

  • Spend an evening with our Visitor Experience team, learning the ins and outs of the Penguin Parade and how our team provides a high quality tourism experience while putting our wildlife first
  • Get into the field with our conservation rangers and work to maintain our beaches and reserves as excellent habitat for our wildlife
  • Head down to the farm on Churchill Island and spend a day caring for and maintaining this significant heritage site, as well as the adorable farm animals.
  • Join the Barb Martin Bushbank team in propagating indigenous and endemic species to support habitat creation across our island
  • Be inspired by our research team and spend a day assisting with data management and field sites to  support our conservation work

2022 Youth Volunteers Koalas

2023 Work Experience Opportunities are now open!

This year we are able to offer 2 weeks of Work Experience:

  • Monday June 19th -  Friday June 23rd
  • Monday September 18th - Friday September 22nd

Applications for the June dates will close Monday 10th of April, and we hope to notify students of results by Friday 21st of April.

Applications for the September dates will close Monday 26th of June, and we hope to notify students of results by Friday 7th of July.

To apply, please fill out our application form.

This application will ask students to write up to 500 words on 'Why should we select you to be a part of the Work Experience Program?'. You may like to talk about your previous experience, your future career plans, or your values. Places on our program are limited with applications exceeding the places available. Applications will be weighed on their individual merit, and potential students will be offered a phone or online interview. All applicants will be notified of the outcome regardless of whether they are successful or not. If you have any questions in the mean time, or need support with the application process, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@penguins.org.au.

VCAL/VCE Placements

We take on secondary placement students on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in joining our team for your work placement please reach out to volunteers@penguins.org.au. Please include some information about yourself, the duration and times of your placement, and what area of the Nature Parks you are interested in.

Meet our Students!

Brodie has joined the Barb Martin Bushbank team on their journey to rewild the island. Brodie is supervised by James our Nursery Coordinator and is learning all about plant propagation and nursery maintenance. 

2022 Baw Baw and Latrobe LLEN with James and Brodie 

Chloe has joined the Churchill Island team in caring for our farm animals and this significant heritage site. Chloe's supervisor Chloe (that's confusing!) loves having Chloe on the team and is sharing her passion for providing top notch care for our farm animals, including Elfie the donkey.

2022 Chloe VCAL Placement