Keeper, Mammals

Billabong Sanctuary


Permanent position for Keeper in Mammals Department

Billabong Sanctuary is a privately owned and managed wildlife park being established and operated by the present owners for 36 years.

Billabong Sanctuary is customer focused, delivering the best interactive wildlife experience in Australia.  The Sanctuary has Advanced Accreditation with the Eco Tourism Association and is involved in captive breeding programmes for endangered species.

We pride ourselves on our family culture where you are valued, supported and empowered to contribute, and where high performance and innovation is encouraged.


About the role

Billabong Sanctuary has an exciting opportunity to join our small and dedicated team.

The ideal candidate will have documented and proven experience with: 

Environmental and behavioural requirements of mammals
Understanding of animal welfare
Management of visitor experience with koala and wombat interactions.
Koala reproduction

Primary duties;

Liaising with Curator, you will be required to meet “Key Accountabilities”
As Mammals keeper, you will be responsible for working alongside other keepers with the Sanctuary’s collection of native animals.
Ensuring a high standard of daily cleaning, maintenance of enclosures, conducting animal health checks
Overseeing the optimum diet of koalas and nutrition of all mammals
Shared fauna presentations of mammals, birds and reptiles with other keepers.
Lessons to school groups and group tours with visitors

To succeed in this role, you will need:

Certificate 111 in Captive Animals, tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience.
Minimum of 2 years’ experience with Australian mammals
Be fit for physical work in a North Qld environment, enthusiastic, mature-minded, confident, well presented and able to demonstrate a high level of work ethic and initiative
Excellent public speaking and visitor services skills
Computer skills with record keeping on Species 360
7 day a week availability including weekends, public holidays and school holidays
Hold a manual driver’s licence and own transport
Current first aid certificate, hold a blue card and vaccination against zoonotic diseases – hep a, hep b and Q fever
Be a resident or have a work permit to work within Australia.

What we offer:
Billabong Sanctuary recognises the importance of diversity with the opportunity to experience working with a wide range of Australian native fauna
A workplace that promotes our core brand values to our customers, employees and fauna.

To apply:

Email your resume and a separate letter outlining how you meet all the above criteria.

Email to the Curator:
Applications close 31st May, 2021.