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Work Experience

We offer week-long work placements for school, college and university students, where you can experience what it’s like to work in a zoo.


Work Experience Placements

During your work experience placement you’ll work with a range of animals in most of our different zoo sections. You’ll help our keepers with everything from feeding the animals, to cleaning enclosures, to providing enrichment. But please remember – not all jobs will involve working directly with the animals! Zoo keeping involves a lot of hard work, outdoors, in all weathers.

Our work experience placements take place over one week, working full days (8:30am to 3:30pm) Monday to Friday. Please note: we may extend work placements to two weeks for university level students. They can be organised through your school, college, or university, but we do also like to hear from you personally. Places are limited as we can only take on one student each week, and we are often booked up months in advance. We therefore urge you to book your work experience placement as soon as possible.

To do a work experience placement with us you must be at least 15 years of age and have your own means of getting too and from the zoo.

If you would like any further information on work experience at the zoo, please email or call the office on 01506 870 000.

How do I apply to do a work experience placement?

If you are interested in doing a work experience placement with us:

1. Please read through our Work Experience Checklist and Dress Code.

2. Download and fill in the Work Experience Application Form and the Emergency Contact Form.

3. Email your completed Application Form, Emergency Contact Form and a copy of your CV to

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

If you would like to dedicate more time to helping at the zoo, we also offer volunteering opportunities for those aged 16yrs and up, and internships for those aged 18 years and up who are doing/have done animal-based studies.

We also volunteering and internships within our education department.

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week! (inc. Bank Holidays; exc. 25th Dec. and 1st Jan.)

1st November 2017 – 28th February 2018 : 10am – 4pm (last admission at 3pm)

1st March – 30th September 2018 : Zoo closes at 6pm

Last entry 1 hour before closing time.

PLEASE NOTE: Leaping Lemurs Soft Play is CLOSED until further notice.

Admission Prices

Child (3-15 yrs): £9.95
Adult (16 yrs+): £11.95
Under 3s: free of charge
Concession*: £10.45
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children): £34.00 + £7.95 for each additional child.

*Concession: applies to pensioners, disabled customers and accompanying carers.

Contact Us

Five Sisters Zoo
Gavieside, West Calder
West Lothian, EH55 8PT

T: 01506 870 000 / 01506 871 111