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Australia Zoo

Location: Beerwah, QLD Position: Reptile Crocodilian/Reptile Keeper

Reports to: Reptile Curator - Zoo Curator - Zoo Director

Position Description: As a Crocodilian/Reptile Keeper, you will have primary responsibility for the care and well being of animals under your supervision. Zoo keepers must also be understanding and sensitive to the needs of the animals under their care. They are responsible for the animal’s exhibits, involved with maintenance and landscaping, and presenting at daily demonstrations.

Australia Zoo Crocodilian/Reptile Keepers are dedicated to conservation issues and animal welfare.

Australia Zoo Keepers continually work toward providing improved facilities and care for their animals. They do this with enthusiasm and motivation towards their individual learning and training.

The main duties include:

  • Undertaking cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures
  • Assist with the planning, development and construction of animal enclosures
  • Conduct animal health checks
  • Prepare food and conduct feeding of animals in accordance with diet requirements, feeding schedule, and procedures
  • Maintain records of observations and reports on animal behaviour and breeding
  • Conduct environmental and enclosure safety checks
  • Undertake animal enrichment programs
  • Provide a high standard of customer service
  • Undertake public speaking and/or delivering shows
  • Work within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure animal, personal and guest security
  • Commitment to Australia Zoo’s confidentiality and privacy policies
  • Participate in performance training and development reviews or programs as requested by the company both on and off the job
  • Attend meetings as requested by Supervisor
  • Other duties as requested by the Reptile Curator, Zoo Curator or Zoo Director

This position requires long term commitment working alongside management to further develop display areas, breeding programs and conservation efforts.

Weekend availability and own transport essential.

Applicants with experience in the Zoological Industry or with suitable qualifications are preferred.

Please forward your resume to Applications close 31st July 2010.

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Australia Zoo - Australian Wildlife Hospital

Location: Beerwah, QLD Position: Wildlife Veterinarian

The Australian Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah is Australia’s largest wildlife hospital admitting approximately 6000 wildlife cases each year. The purpose built hospital, which opened in September 2008, is well equipped with digital radiography, ultrasound, rigid and flexible endoscopy, and orthopaedic surgical equipment. We currently employ 6 full time and one part time veterinarians with broad expertise in the field of zoo and wildlife medicine supported by 24 hour nursing care. The hospital is known for the high standard of veterinary care and welfare provided to its patients and has a strong conservation focus.

We are currently seeking one motivated and passionate veterinarian to join the hospital team as a full-time veterinarian. Successful applicants will demonstrate a history of dedication to wildlife medicine, conservation and welfare, with a minimum of 3 years in veterinary practice, preferably working with wildlife and/or zoo animals.

Veterinarians may perform the following tasks:

  • Examine sick and injured animals and perform diagnostic tests.
  • Examine tissues and samples from sick animals to identify the cause of disease.
  • Treat animals by using drugs, surgical procedures and nursing care.
  • Vaccinate animals to prevent disease.
  • Give advice to wildlife carers on animal health and care.
  • Humanely euthanize animals to end pain and suffering or spread of disease.
  • Notify authorities of outbreaks of animal diseases and certify animals for exportation.
  • Assist in public education programs in the promotion and maintenance of the welfare of animals.

Personal Requirements:

  • Interested in the health and welfare of animals
  • Good analysis and problem solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • An inquiring mind
  • Organisational and supervisory skills

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • A degree in veterinary science and be registered or be eligible to be registered to practice as a veterinarian in Queensland.
  • Have or acquire a current license to use radiation sources from Queensland Health.
  • Have or acquire at least A, B and H category firearms endorsed for animal control/occupational use from the Queensland Police Services Weapons Licensing Branch.
  • Be vaccinated against Australian Bat Lyssavirus and maintain protective titres.

Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Excellent medical and surgical skills.
  • Extensive experience in the field of zoo and wildlife medicine.
  • Prior research experience.
  • Be able to work in a passionate and busy team environment.

Weekend availability, out of hours work, and own transport essential.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Applications close on Friday 9 July 2010.

Alma Park Zoo

Location: Brisbane Position: Keeper

Alma Park is Queensland's longest running zoo, established in a unique rainforest garden habitat setting only 30 minutes from Brisbane. We offer the exciting opportunity to work with a diverse range of species from Australian natives to exotic animals, including primates and carnivores.

We are seeking a Full time Permanent Animal Keeper who meets the following criteria:

  • Minimum 2 years experience working in the captive animal industry
  • Qualifications in Zoo Keeping awarded by an Australian institution, or equivalent tertiary education
  • Good knowledge of specific husbandry for a range of exotic and native species. Experience working with Primates will be considered an advantage.
  • Ability to effectively work as part of a small team of zookeepers without direct supervision
  • Ability to assist with exhibit maintenance and design
  • Prepared to work regular weekends and public holidays
  • Sound understanding of OH&S and working with dangerous animals
  • Physically fit
  • Excellent personal presentation and communication skills
  • Demonstrated customer service ethos
  • Holds a current manual drivers license
  • Holds a senior First Aid Certificate

Please send your resume together with a one page cover letter to: Human Resources Manager, Alma Park Zoo, PO Box 35, Kallangur QLD 4503.

Alternatively, email to: for attention HR Manager.

Applications must be received by c.o.b. 16 July 2010

Biosecurity Queensland

Location: Brisbane CBD Position: Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (Organisation site) Prinicpal Policy Officer

Operating from within Exhibited Animals area of Animal Biosecurity and Welfare, Biosecurity Queensland you will be involved in reviewing and developing legislation, standards and policies for Queensland’s exhibited animal industry which consists of 35 fixed site exhibitors including 11 zoos and 70 mobile exhibitors, including circuses with exotic animals, wildlife demonstrators and magicians. Collectively, these exhibitors boast over 35 exotic species; and 185 native species.

Job details

Key Duties and Accountabilities 1. Lead and manage the exhibited animal function of the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Program to achieve outcomes consistent with Biosecurity Queensland’s strategic direction.

2. Provide leadership to shape national policy in exhibited animals and align Queensland with national and international policy and trends in the animal welfare, pest animal, biosecurity and human health and safety aspects of exhibited animals.

3. Provide specialised and high level advice to the General-Manager, Animal Biosecurity and Welfare, Chief Biosecurity Officer, Managing Director and Associate Director-General on biosecurity issues, particularly in relation to exhibited animals.

4. Lead the development and maintenance of legislation, standards and policy for exhibited animals.

5. Represent Animal Biosecurity and Welfare on high level forums and committees (including being the Chair, Exhibited Animal Risk Advisory Committee (EARAC)) and in community engagement processes to achieve biosecurity goals.

6. Work across the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare program to help manage and build an effective organisation with a particular focus on policy co-ordination.

7. Develop and maintain effective relationships, networks and partnerships with stakeholders, including government, community and industry leaders to facilitate effective program outcomes.

8. Foster an environment that values individual and team performance and continuous improvement and ensure that the Program’s management practices are consistent with contemporary “best practice”.

9. Lead the development and implementation of the exhibited animal engagement and education strategy.

10. Provide leadership in the exhibited animals monitoring and compliance area and prioritise responses.

More information on applying >>

Job ad reference: QLD/EEDI34020/10 Closing date: 28-Jun-2010 Salary per annum: $93945 - $99361 Salary per fortnight: $3600.90 - $3808.50

Contact name: Rick Symons Contact details: Ph: (07) 3239 3242 (07) 3239 3242

Auckland Zoo

Location: Auckland, New Zealand Position: New Zealand Fauna Keeper

This is a great opportunity to join the Life Sciences team at Auckland Zoo and be part of an organisation which aims to focus the Zoo's resources to benefit conservation, and provide exciting visitor experiences, which inspire and empower people to take positive action for wildlife and the environment.

Auckland Zoo has started constructing the new $15 million NZ fauna precinct - Te Wao Nui. Te Wao Nui is a journey through the flora, fauna and culture of Aotearoa/ New Zealand and is the largest single development the zoo has ever undertaken, covering approximately 25% of the zoo's footprint. Te Wao Nui will provide many new opportunities for the zoo to contribute to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife, both directly and indirectly. It will feature six zones displaying over 60 native animal species (including invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) and over 110 native plant species.

The NZ Fauna keeper works as part of the team responsible for the daily husbandry and management of a diverse range of New Zealand species. Experience with implementing training, conditioning and behavioural enrichment is preferred. A certificate in captive wild animals or an equivalent qualification is preferred - a tertiary qualification in biological sciences / conservation is desired.

Public speaking is part of every keeper's role, so we're also looking for a confident communicator. This is a full time role, working on a 7-day rotating roster system including weekends and public holidays. A high level of energy and physical fitness will enable you to meet the daily challenges of the role.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a world class organization, contribute to conservation and progress your career - are you ready to do something wild every day?

Please note: This role is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing. This applies to both external and internal applicants, per the Drug & Alcohol Policy, available on Citynet.

To apply for this role please visit and enter the job code 8139ZAA

Applications close at 10pm 11 July 2010.

China Bear Rescue Centre

Location: Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China Position: Bear Manager

Highly motivated and experienced animal professionals are required to work with rescued Asiatic Black Bears at our China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China or Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre.

This position is responsible for overseeing teams of local bear keeping staff involved in the daily care and management of the bears housed within the rescue centre. It will also involve working alongside and liaising with the Veterinary Director and the resident Vet team plus our Animal Conditioning Consultant to manage various daily operations. Bear Managers report directly to the centre Senior Bear Manager.

Both formal qualifications and proven practical experience are essential for this position.

Accommodation is provided, along with a competitive salary and the opportunity to help these most stoic and beautiful animals.


  • Co-coordinating various daily operations:
  • Animal care and management
  • Maintenance and adjustment of existing enrichment programs
  • Bear food and stock ordering system
  • Operant conditioning and formal bear training programmes for a variety of medical, behavioural and management requirements.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Formal qualification (ideally a university degree) in zoology, biology, conservation, animal behaviour or related field
  • Three to five years work experience in a zoo or similar working environment
  • Excellent communication, organisational and practical skills
  • Strong management skills and the ability to work in a team or independently
  • Patience and willingness to work within a different culture are essential

Appointment is full-time, five (5) days a week with some weekend work applicable.

Applicants must be able to commit for a minimum of one (1) year. Two (2) year contracts are also offered.

The following items are included in your full-time contract:

  • On-site accommodation Subsidised meals
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Medical Insurance

For more information please visit our website

To apply please forward cover letter and CV (stating position you are applying for) and completed Job Application form with expected salary to:

Melbourne Aquarium

Location: Melbourne Job Title: Maintenance Technician (Life Support Systems)

  • Leading State of Victoria Tourism Attraction
  • Be a key player in the provision of world class animal exhibits
  • Fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your specialised LSS expertise

Melbourne Aquarium, is a leading Victorian tourism attraction that delivers an entertaining and educational experience for its visitors. It features four exciting worlds to discover - Weird and Wonderful, River to Reef, Sharks Alive and the incredible Antarctica exhibit featuring Australia’s only King and Gentoo penguins.

This permanent full-time role forms part of the Maintenance team, who are responsible for the delivery of specialised and world class facility management and life support functions. This position works closely with Maintenance and Curatorial staff to deliver amazing animal exhibits.

To be successful in this role, it is essential that you have:

  • A strong maintenance background with excellent problem solving and practical skills
  • Previous experience and working knowledge of curatorial Life Support Systems (LSS)
  • Experience operating computerised BMS (TAC) systems

It is also desirable that you have:

  • Trade qualifications in mechanical, electrical, fitting or similar
  • The ability to work flexibly within any given week (including some weekends) and current drivers license
  • Excellent organisational and decision-making

You will be known for your:

  • Excellent communication
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Problem solving

You will also be well known for your capacity to deliver to expectations, your thorough industry knowledge and outstanding relationship skills.

To apply for this position please send a cover letter and your CV to Mr Gordon White – Venue and Operations Manager, Melbourne Aquarium: