Zoo Keeper (Carnivores)

Sydney Zoo

Located in the heart of Western Sydney, Sydney Zoo strives to showcase a broad range of native and exotic animals using technology and advanced exhibit design, with a strong focus on animal welfare, conservation, and educating our visitors about animals and their habitats. Environmental and social awareness play a vital role in our message that highlights the indigenous culture and human influence on the environment.

The Position

This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of an exciting new zoo in the role of Carnivore Keeper, utilising your skills in an area that you are genuinely passionate about. This role will commence as soon as possible and includes some weekend and public holidays.

The Carnivore Keeper will be responsible for ensuring the extensive carnivore collection is managed to the highest level of husbandry and welfare, as well as maintaining carnivore habitats to a world-class standard.

Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ carnivore experience in a zoo or relevant/equivalent industry, including experience with dangerous (protected-contact) species.
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintaining safe working practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in the Five Domains of Animal Welfare and how it is applied in husbandry of the wide range of species in a Zoo’s care.
  • Strong focus and skilled in Visitor Engagement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Conservation and Sustainability.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and positively contribute to a team environment.
  • Proven ability in carrying out daily keeping duties to a high standard ensuring all husbandry and welfare needs are met.
  • Valid and current driver’s license with the ability to drive a manual vehicle (desirable).


Why should you join the Zoo Crew?

By joining the exciting Sydney Zoo Crew, you will not only be in close proximity to some of the most incredible animals native to Australia and across the world, but you will also join an amazing team of dedicated people! Our team are passionate, devoted and heavily inspired by Sydney Zoo’s values and mission to deliver a world-class visitor experience that encourages the community to make a difference, and all with a smile!

We are very proud of our diverse team of staff that represent all the different backgrounds and cultures that call Western Sydney ‘home.’ We love the individuality across our team of people as much as we love the collection of animals we so proudly care for. Whether you are looking for your first job, wanting to jump back into the workforce, or simply need a stimulating change to shake up your career, we encourage you to take the next step and join in our vision to make a difference.

Sydney Zoo is committed to providing a positive workplace and fostering employee engagement and wellbeing. We know how important it is to recognise and thank our staff for making Sydney Zoo great and we do this by providing our team with free annual flu vaccinations, workplace massages, monthly staff BBQ’s, training opportunities and fulfilling fundraising events, just to name a few! If you would like to become part of an amazing team that does all of this and so much more, then look no further… Sydney Zoo is for you!


Please apply directly via the Sydney Zoo Website Careers Page https://sydneyzoo.com/about/careers.

Applicants will be required to provide a current resume and a covering letter outlining your ability to meet the above selection requirements. Applications close at 9am, Thursday, 14th September 2023.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply for all Sydney Zoo positions.
Sydney Zoo is a fully COVID-19 vaccinated workplace. We will require proof of your vaccination status prior to commencement. Please contact us for general enquiries, including if you have any queries regarding our policy or to obtain a copy of the Sydney Zoo Vaccination policy.

You can contact us by email [email protected] or by phone to 1800 843 966.

Sydney Zoo is committed to the principles and practices of Equal Employment Opportunity and Cultural Diversity.