Herpetology Keeper

Melbourne Zoo

2 x Herpetology Keeper - Melbourne Zoo

  • 1 x 1.0 Full-time Fixed-term until 30th June 2024
  • 1 x 0.5 Part-time Fixed-term until 30th June 2024
  • Roster includes working 4 weekend days every 4 weeks
  •  Salary from Pre-trade $66,016 p.a. or Trade $76,637 p.a. full-time equivalent weekend loadings included + 10.5% superannuation

Zoos Victoria operates world-class zoos on four sites: Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Kyabram Fauna Park. Our Moral Purpose is - Fighting Extinction and creating a future rich in wildlife. Our vision is to be a world leading zoo-based conservation organisation, working locally and globally to deliver tangible conservation outcomes.

Melbourne Zoo has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, ambitious and highly motivated Keeper to join the Herpetology Precinct. Melbourne Zoo's Herpetology Precinct maintains a diverse array of reptile and amphibian species and is directly involved in a number of active captive conservation programs for Southern Corroboree Frog, Baw Baw Frog, Spotted Tree Frog, Watson's Tree Frog, Southern Giant Burrowing Frog and Grassland Earless Dragons. Reporting to the Life Science Manager, the Herpetology Keeper will be responsible for providing daily husbandry and ensuring the health and welfare of all animals under their care, as well as maintaining excellent condition of their exhibits, workspaces and participating in various projects and other activities as needed.

Candidates must have a genuine interest in conservation and ecology, and possess prior experience working with amphibians in a zoo environment, along with knowledge of Zoo Victoria's philosophy and vision. The Herpetology Keeper will have experience working in a fast-paced team environment as well as confidence in working independently. A positive, mature attitude and enthusiasm to learn and develop your career and capacity to continually progress the Precinct is essential. The Keeper will utilize evidence-based husbandry techniques to ensure the positive welfare state of animals in their care and take a lead role in ex-situ amphibian conservation programs at Melbourne Zoo.

The candidate will have:

  • Qualifications in a zoological related discipline and demonstrated experience and familiarity with the husbandry of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Substantial professional experience working in a zoo environment with reptiles and amphibians.
  • Accomplished in the environmental management of small display microhabitats and generally an up to date understanding of captive life support systems for reptiles and amphibians.
  • Proven working knowledge of Biosecure hygiene management and exceptional procedural standards.
  • A keen interest in involvement in conservation recovery programs for reptiles and amphibians
  • Demonstrated technical skills in the area of basic exhibit design and construction.
  • Demonstrated understanding of venomous reptile behaviour together with extensive previous experience and exceptionally competent safety skill-sets, when working with venomous reptiles.
  • Open-mindedness and a willingness to accept new ideas and perspectives and a desire to learn through collaboration, reading, and experimentation. 
  • A strong focus on safety and identifying hazards in the workplace.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage and work closely with a diverse range of stakeholders and agencies.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and well-developed problem solving skills.
  • Research and report writing experience.
  • Preferred- experience working with Native Mammals in a zoo environment.
  • Up to date COVID 19 vaccination status
  • An Employee Status Working with Children Check card


For more information on the role, please refer to the attached position description attached.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume via the Zoos Victoria Careers website zoo.org.au/hr

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Alex Mitchell, Life Sciences Manager [email protected] 

Applications close 6th June 2023

At Zoos Victoria we value diversity, celebrate difference and work to be inclusive in everything we do. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people with disability and people from the LGBTIQA+ community. In addition, Zoos Victoria will provide reasonable adjustments for individuals with disability, illness or injury. If you require adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process, please advise via [email protected] or visit https://www.zoo.org.au/about-us/careers/inclusion-and-diversity/ for more information.

Melbourne Zoo

Job Category

Work Type
Fixed Term Full Time & Part Time

Application Close Date
06/06/2023 17:00:00

Contact Name
Alex Mitchell

Contact Email
[email protected]