Carnivore/Ungulate Keeper - Full Time

Monarto Safari Park

Rare Opportunity - Full Time Permanent Role Available

As one of the largest open range zoos in the world, spanning more than 1,500 hectares of fauna and flora, we're excited to be transforming from Monarto Zoo into Monarto Safari Park, the largest safari park that will exist outside of Africa.

Complete with a first-of-its-kind luxury resort and glamping facilities, by 2022 Monarto Safari Park will offer longer visits and a range of new and wild safari experiences in an area known as Wild Africa including incredible tours through herds of roaming animals and a huge walk-through lemur habitat. Not to mention, we're also building a brand-new $16.8m Visitor Centre, funded by the Federal & State Governments, which will provide a world class entry to the park.

ABOUT THE ROLE...

The team at Monarto Safari Park are looking for an experienced and committed keeper to join the Ungulate and Carnivore sections in a full time permanent capacity. Whilst the role is currently required to work across the Carnivore and Ungulate sections, the successful candidate may be required to work in other sections of the Life Sciences department, should operational needs require it. This role is responsible for the daily husbandry aspects on a range of carnivore/ungulate rounds and the successful candidate must be motivated, organised, have great time management and show a desire to encourage this section to strive for corporate goals and objectives.

As part of our Life Sciences team, day to day tasks may include:

  • Obtaining, preparing and providing food to animals in accordance with established diets, feeding schedules and procedures.
  • Cleaning food and water vessels, holding areas, exhibits and food preparation and storage areas to required standards, ensure animal areas are maintained free of debris and hazardous materials.
  • Providing animals with items required to meet their behavioural requirements
  • Observing and reporting on animal behaviour and changes to the condition of animals.
  • Maintaining diaries and animal records and report matters of interest to the Senior Keeper.
  • Participating in the implementation and monitoring of behavioural enrichment and training and conditioning programs to affect animal behaviour and allow routine examinations and procedures without distress
  • Undertaking formal presentations and ‘Keeper Talks' responding to questions, whilst presenting to public groups as well as the media.
  • Working consistently in accordance with established safety procedures to ensure animal security, personal safety, protection of co-workers and the public.
  • Working in line with relevant Policy and Procedures/Standard Operating Procedures and providing feedback and proactive suggestions for change as required.

ABOUT YOU...

To be considered for these positions you will need to meet the following selection criteria:

  • Have or be working towards Certificate III in Captive Animals preferably with practical Zoo Keeping experience.
  • Proven experience in a practical animal related role, preferably with carnivores and ungulates.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Workplace Health & Safety principles and process.
  • Hold a firearms licence (or be willing to obtain).
  • Have a MR licence (or be willing to obtain).
  • Able to deliver informative and engaging presentations that relay our conservation messaging.
  • Experience in training and conditioning including an ability to establish and continue established training plans.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills with peers, staff, volunteers and public.

 

HOW TO APPLY...

Please complete the requested work history & education information on the application page, attach your resume and any certificates in the education section. This will assist us in assessing your suitability for this role.

If you have a strong passion in animal welfare, species conservation, and an eagerness to support the operation of a major Safari Park’s Life Sciences team, we would love to hear from you!

Please visit the Careers section of the Zoos SA website to apply.