Head Keeper

Hamilton Island Wildlife Park

Looking for that next step into a leadership role or looking for an awesome change?

Under the new ownership of Hamilton Island Enterprises, 2020 will be an exciting year for the Wildlife Park.  Steering the Animal Keeper team and taking the leadership role in achieving ZAA Accreditation, being an integral part of the development of our awesome new Saltwater Crocodile exhibit as well as planning the upgrades of our parrot exhibits to name a few.

Responsible for delivering best practice animal husbandry and welfare.  Maintaining the highest quality live animal exhibits, public presentations and interactive opportunities. Engaging the public and educating guests on native Australian Fauna.  Assisting the Director of Operations with innovative exhibit development to enhance overall guest experience at the Wildlife Park

About The Role

  • Ensure collection management plan is adhered to and ensure team carry out high quality animal husbandry and welfare
  • Building relationships with relevant external organisations to position and promote Hamilton Island Wildlife Park
  • Provide critical species knowledge relative to each species kept on premises and work closely with the animal keeping team
  • Update and maintain all records relevant to the care and husbandry practise of all the animals held in the WLHI collection
  • Maintain and develop diet sheets for all species held at the park
  • Assist Director of Ops with permit and legislative matters in line with animal collection, movements and transactions
  • Ensure the safety of animals, guests and staff at all times by following company OH&S policy and procedures
  • Collection of Koala Leaf and Macropod browse as and when needed and ensuring other sufficient feed supplies
  • Report any animal welfare or illness concerns
  • Coach and mentor fellow members of the team on clinical and animal care procedure
  • Maintain operating costs in line with budget

About You

  • QLD Driver’s Licence
  • Cert 4 in Captive Animal with Vet Nursing an added advantage
  • Minimum 4 years animal keeping experience with experience caring for Australian Native Animals, Koalas and added advantage
  • Exceptional interpersonal and team building skills
  • Must demonstrate a passion for promoting awareness of native Australian fauna and flora
  • Ability to satisfy the requirements of a QLD Working with Children Check
  • Ability to train others in handling/presentation of lethal hazardous animals where appropriate
  • Q- Fever and Tetanus Vaccines a prerequisite.

Culture & Benefits

  • Save money with subsidised furnished staff accommodation
  • Accredited training provided via the Robert Oatley College
  • Staff perks - discounts on restaurants and activities!
  • Fantastic work culture and supportive community
  • Walk to work - forget city traffic
  • Enjoy living and working on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef!

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