Head Animal Keeper

Hamilton Island Wildlife Park

Hamilton Island is the Whitsunday’s Premiere Island resort with 4 resort options, over 15 different dining and restaurant establishments, a championship golf course, a luxury Yacht Club and  myriad of activities to ensure our guests can do as much or as little as they like.

The Hamilton Island Wildlife Park is an island favourite particularly for the many visiting families.  Here our guests can get up close and personal with our native wildlife from the friendly Koalas, Wallabies and Kangaroos to the not so friendly Dingos, Crocs, Reptiles and Cassowaries.

Head Animal Keeper

A rare opportunity is now available for an experienced and qualified Head Animal Keeper to join and lead of team of dedicated keepers who love spending their time looking after our wildlife and sharing their knowledge with our guests.

Your Benefits

$1500 Qld Government Work in Paradise initiative
Competitive salary and  subsidised furnished sole staff accommodation
Staff perks - $10 gym membership, discounts on restaurants and activities!
Fantastic work culture and supportive community
Walk to work along palm fringed paths- forget city traffic
Enjoy living and working on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef!

About The Role

As Head Keeper reporting directly to the Operations Manager you will be 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 and assisting the Director of Operations with innovative exhibit development to enhance overall guest experience at the Wildlife Park.

You will also:
Ensure collection management plan is adhered to
Building relationships with relevant external
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 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 brows 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

You are an enthusiastic and natural leader, physically fit and have strong communication and time management skills.  You are passionate about native wildlife and love sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge with visitors.

In addition you will have:
QLD Driver’s Licence
Previous experience in similar role
Tertiary qualifications in animal husbandry/zoology or have relevant experience or qualifications in captive animal management with a strong background in Australian Mammals
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
Current Q Fever vaccination and Tetanus shot    

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