Head Keeper

Oakvale Wildlife Park

Oakvale are committed to providing inspiration and education through interaction that inspires generations. Oakvale is also committed to the development of conservation initiatives through research programs and supporting the development of threatened and endangered species breeding programs.

The right applicant must possess a professional and positive approach, the right personality to fit with our team coupled with the passion and knowledge to make improvements to the Wildlife Park.

The aim of this position is to bring further growth and development to Oakvale Wildlife Park and to assist the Curator and Management throughout the process.

The successful candidate will lead and inspire our existing team of 13 keepers, overseeing all aspects of the care and management of our diverse collection of both Native and Exotic animals. Taxa includes Primates, Canids, Reptiles, Hoof stock, Mammals, and Birds.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include:

At all times, working within the guidelines of health and safety procedures to ensure animal, staff, and visitor security.
Overseeing the day-to-day care and welfare of the animals held at Oakvale Wildlife Park, adhering to Oakvale’s Policies and procedures and the guidelines of the ZAA Accreditation Program.
Comply with NSW DPI permits/licences, exhibit guidelines.   
Perform daily security checks and ensure best practice regarding animal husbandry routines/management, environmental enrichment, and veterinary interventions.
Collecting data and maintaining up-to-date animal records.
Contribute to the development, implementation, and revision of collection plans.
Supervision and coordination of all members of the husbandry team, including volunteers & students.
Oversees treatment, preparation of food, feeding of animals, and maintenance and repair of animal enclosures.
Awareness of Ethical, Population Management, and Animal welfare policies and procedures.
Supporting staff competency, via regular training, practical exercises and the keeping of all necessary records.
Forecasting, ordering, and managing supplies & equipment for use by Husbandry team.
Contribute to education, media, and marketing initiatives to help encourage public understanding of animals and conservation; this may include representing Oakvale at external events.
Co-ordinate site activity on a day-to-day basis; assisting & deputising for the Curator.
Contribute to team recruitment processes & selection, staff, volunteers & students.
Co-ordinate & lead team meetings and oversee completion of agreed actions.
Identify development opportunities for self & team, attending formal & informal training as required.
Other duties as required to support effective and efficient site working.

This Job Description provides a general account of duties and responsibilities, which may be subject to variation and change, as necessary.

Key Objectives:

Ensure and maintain the highest level of care for animals, enclosures, and surroundings.

Ensure effective day to day supervision and motivation of the keeping staff and maintain adequate staffing levels.

Actively promote training and development of keeping staff.

Report to the Curator on all areas of operation.

Provide excellent customer service.

Understand, operate, and ensure that all keepers work in accordance with the Zoo Health and Safety Policy and procedures.

Qualifications & Skills:

Minimum of 5 years’ paid experience with the zoo industry; 3 of which should be in a senior role.
Full, clean driving licence.
Academic qualification in animal care and husbandry.
Excellent customer service skills.
Be able to work efficiently and effectively, independently and as part of a team. 
Excellent communication skills
Excellent presentation skills          
Strong computer skills.
Excellent understanding of Species 360 and CPOS.
Strong leadership skills. 

Possession of a Firearms licence.
Ability to be flexible, cope with frequent and unpredictable changes to daily routine and workloads, and to work, at times under high pressure.
Ability to take initiative, work unsupervised, assess tasks, and set priorities.
Working with Children & National Police Check.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, to curator@oakvalewildlifepark.com.au

Closing date for applications 31st July 2021.