Carnivore/Panda Keeper

Adelaide Zoo

Carnivore/Panda Keeper
Life Sciences AZ

At Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park, we’re proud to welcome more than half a million people through our gates each year and we’re not slowing down. With the roll out of our 20-Year Master Plan and a number of exciting projects on the horizon, we’re thrilled to be expanding and evolving our workforce to position us for continued growth into the future.


Adelaide Zoo is looking for an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic keeper to work within the Carnivores/Panda section in a full time capacity over a 7 day roster. This will be a full time permanent contract. The Carnivore/Panda team works with a variety of exotic mammals and is involved with a number of conservation projects.

The successful candidate will be guided by Zoos SA's values and work with the keeping teams to achieve the goals set out in the Strategic and Business Plans. In addition, they will, under general supervision and within specified guidelines, perform all keeping duties in a safe, efficient and effective manner. Extensive experience is required working with Exotic Mammals in a zoological setting as well as Pandas (preferred) or Bears.

Excellent communication skills as well as the ability to work well within a team and independently are essential. Keeper presentations and guest interactions on encounters and behind-the-scenes tours require the ability to provide engaging and professional connections with our visitors. Training and conditioning skills and basic maintenance skills are highly desirable.
As part of our Life Sciences team, day to day tasks may include:

Undertaking daily operations and husbandry aspects of the Exotic Mammal Sections.
Providing input into exhibit and enclosure planning, development, design and maintenance, ensuring animal husbandry and welfare standards are met and relevant protocols followed.
Liaising closely with the Assistant Curator, Curator, and external partners with regards to conservation initiatives.
Participating in the implementation and monitoring of behavioural enrichment and training and conditioning programs to affect animal behaviour and allow routine examinations and procedures without distress.
Undertaking informal presentations and 'Keeper Talks', which may involve animal handling, presenting to public groups and responding to questions.
Working consistently in accordance with established safety procedures to ensure animal security, personal safety, protection of coworkers and the public.
Working in line with relevant Policy and Procedures/Standard Operating Procedures.


To be considered for this position you will need to meet the following selection criteria:

Have obtained the Certificate III in Captive Animals or other relevant and acceptable Zoo Keeping qualification.
Ability to arrange personal work routines and practices to make optimum use of time
Knowledge and experience in the captive management of a range of native species management systems and conservation programs.
High level of communication and interpersonal skills with external stakeholders, peers, staff, volunteers and public with the ability to deliver public presentations and review visitor experiences


Please complete the requested work history & education information on the application page, attach your resume and any certificates in the education section. This will assist us in assessing your suitability for this role.

If you have a strong passion in animal welfare, species conservation, and an eagerness to support the operation of a major zoo’s keeping team, we would love to hear from you!


For more information click on KEEPER JOB DESCRIPTION

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