General Keeper -Birds

Australia Zoo

Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Zoo Keeper to join the Birds team in a Full Time Capacity!

Australia Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, where we recognise the diversity of our workforce and community – be it on the basis of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or religious belief.  We provide specific workplace programs to support diversity and equal employment opportunities for women, people with disabilities and all cultural backgrounds.

With over 700 acres of land and buildings, our dedicated Keeping departments within Australia Zoo is primarily responsible for the care of all bird residences.  Bird Keepers at Australia Zoo report directly to the Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians and Birds and works alongside an experienced birds crew.

A successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to work in a high performance environment, with a capacity to deliver all requirements of the role, great work ethic and the ability to work to a high standard within a team

As a keeper, you have primary responsibility for ensuring the care and well-being of the animals in your care.  You must also be understanding and sensitive to the needs of the animals in your care.  

You are also responsible for the animal exhibits, maintenance, landscaping and presenting at daily demonstrations where applicable.  Australia Zoo expects all its keepers to be dedicated to conservation issues and animal welfare.  

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

Primary Duties  –

    Undertake cleaning and maintenance of the animal enclosures as required
    Assist with the planning, development and construction of enclosures
    Communication of Australia Zoo’s Conservation efforts to guests 
    Must communicate well with others and effectively share information as required
    Conduct animal health checks
    Prepare food and conduct feeding of the animals in your care in accordance with dietary requirements, feeding schedules and procedures
    Maintain records of observations and reports on animal behaviour and/or breeding
    Conduct environment and enclosure safety checks
    Undertake hands on care of animals
    Undertake animal enrichment programs
    Provide a high level of customer service at all times
    Undertake public speaking and/or delivery of demonstrations
    Knowledge of basic husbandry requirements
    Ensure knowledge of all relevant conservation programs Australia Zoo contributes to
    Take responsibility for skill development and progression / training sign off
    Work within guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure security and safety of animals, staff and guests
    Have an understanding of all aspects of emergency responses i.e.: fire, dangerous animal escape procedures 
    Have an understanding of the location and use fire extinguishers and all safety equipment within the facility
    Commitment to Australia Zoo confidentiality and privacy policies
    Must represent Australia Zoo to the highest standard at all times
    Have an understanding of WH&S Standards 
    Participate in performance training and development reviews as requested by the company both on and off the job
    Attend meetings as requested by your Supervisor/HOD
    Other duties as requested by your Supervisor/HOD, Curators or Zoo Director

Essential Criteria  –

    2-3 years of experience in a similar role, including husbandry, keeping and training experience along with the willingness to learn new animal handling techniques and follow instruction 
    Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an animal training plan utilising operant training and conditioning techniques. Please provide video with application.
    7 day a week availability and flexibility, including weekends, public holidays and school holidays 
    High level of motivation and long-term commitment 
    A broad interest in avian species
    Willingness to offer suggestions and accept constructed feedback 
    Confident at delivering multiple public demonstrations/keeper talks a day of different formats
    Strong written and verbal communication skills including being familiar with report writing, animal health and behaviour records, preferably ZIMS
    Knowledge and understanding of Australia Zoo’s Mission and Vision Statement
    Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of hygiene and biosecurity (including zoonosis and containment elements) 
    Understand the principles the 5 domains model of animal welfare and how to apply it to create positive welfare 
    Applicants must be fit for physical work, enthusiastic, mature minded, confident, well-presented and able to demonstrate a high level of work-ethic and initiative
    Hold current Driver’s Licence (Manual) and own transport 
    Proof of Coronavirus Vaccination (unless otherwise exempt) 
    Proof of Q-fever Vaccination (unless otherwise exempt)

Preferred Criteria  –

    Current First Aid and CPR Certificate
    Any associated licenses; training, workplace health and safety, 
    Leadership experience

Here is a checklist of information you will need to have ready before you start to complete the employment application form:

    Education history
    Employment history
    References
    Any qualifications you may have eg First Aid
    Any achievements you may like to tell us about
    Your availability (what hours can you work)
    A resume in .pdf or .doc format
    Any other info that may support your application

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