Leaf Cutter - Casual

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo has an exciting opportunity available for an experienced Leaf Cutter within the Food Operations Department!

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.

Our dedicated Leaf Cutting department at Australia Zoo is primarily responsible for the collection of leaf and browse for koalas and other species. Leaf Cutters are employed predominately to ensure that all leaf cutting and browse collection takes place in a safe and ethical way. They are required to be multi-skilled and may, in some cases have certificates or have specialised backgrounds.

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

Key Responsibilities 

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Browse and leaf collection as required
  • Mowing and Whipper-snipper use
  • Operation and general maintenance of machinery associated with browse collection
  • Maintain records of observations and reports on stock levels and maintenance logs.
  • Conduct environment and enclosure safety checks where appropriate.
  • Communicate with Supervisor regarding ideas to apply to section, and problems occurring within the section.
  • Be competent in all aspects of Zoo emergency responses ie: fire, dangerous animal escape etc.
  • Maintain correct cleaning procedures for all enclosures/areas assigned
  • Clean, feed and maintain insects and associated rooms as necessary
  • Maintain Keeper office / fruit room and other buildings and surrounding grounds (including routine gutter cleans)
  • Maintain relevant vehicles and trailers
  • Provide a high standard of customer service


Essential Criteria

This position requires:

  • Available to work weekends, public holidays, and school holiday periods
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Satisfactory & suitable level of fitness & wellbeing to safely perform the duties
  • Ability to work well as a team and unsupervised
  • Previous grounds/maintenance experience
  • Experience operating machinery, such as 4WD’s and other vehicles
  • Hold current Manual Driver’s Licence
  • Available to work weekends, public holidays, and school holiday periods
  • Proof of Coronavirus vaccination (unless otherwise exempt)

Preferred Criteria

  • Current 1st Aid qualifications
  • Any other relevant certificates/licenses


Apply for this job here.

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 e.g. 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