Youth at the Zoo and Keeper for a Day are back!

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Thanks to Taronga, Girl Guides NSW & ACT are once again offering our Guides some very extraordinary opportunities. For the 13 to 19 age bracket, we will have the opportunity to send four intrepid Guides to Taronga's Boral Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) program. Normally $350, Taronga has generously supported Girl Guides with some scholarships! For the first time Taronga have also offered us a position on the YATZ program at Taronga's Western Plains Zoo. For the 8 to 11 age bracket, there will again be places up for grabs in a special Girl Guides takeover of the Keeper for a Day program in January. 

Youth at the Zoo (YATZ)


YATZ  is for young people aged 13 to 19 years old who love animals. YATZ is designed to give young people the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of how a zoo works, with a focus on the importance of animal conservation. 

Please note that there is very limited interaction with, and no handling of, Taronga Zoo's animals.

Each YATZ member can expect to be rostered on 2–3 days each school holiday period. 

As a new member, all YATZ are required to attend Induction before volunteering. If successful, you will be invited to attend an Induction. For the November 2018 Intake you will be invited to choose one of the dates below with a parent or adult to attend with you: 
Saturday 8th December, 10am—2pm 
Wednesday 2nd January, 10am—2pm

To apply, you are required to create and upload a video application. 

Criteria for your video 
Videos must be between 1 to 2 minutes long. In your video you must include: 
  1. Who you are and some information about yourself
  2. Why you would like to join the Boral Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) program
  3. A description of what experience you have had with animals and what causes you to like them
  4. What things you do in your personal life for conservation and the environment
  5. What you know about Taronga Zoo's conservation campaigns (hint: search the website!)

Applications are now being accepted. Apply by 14 November 2018 using the button to the right

Apply for YATZ!

Keeper for a Day


To apply, Guides must tell us what makes them an eligible applicant and what they know about the conservation of wild animals and zoos. These applications may take any form, such as a letter, a poster, a powerpoint presentation, infographic etc. The more creative the better!

If you are not sure what makes you an eligible applicant, you could consider points such as:
  1. Who you are and some information about yourself
  2. Why you would like to join Keeper
  3. A description of what experience you have had with animals and why you like them
  4. What things you do in your personal life for conservation and the environment
  5. What you know about Taronga Zoo's conservation campaigns (hint: search the website!)
When you've completed your application, you may submit it by email , by post to Lisa Anderson, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, PO Box 950 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012 or delivered by hand or courier to Lisa Anderson, Girl Guides NSW & ACT, Level 2 (Suite 202), 55 Holt Street Surry Hills NSW 2010

Applications are now being accepted. Apply by 14 November using the button to the right to tell us how you're submitting your application


Apply for KFAD!