Australiana Senior Zoo Keeper

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 fulltime Senior Zookeeper, primarily assigned to the Australiana department, utilising your skills in an area that you are genuinely passionate about.

The Senior Zookeeper will work with the Animal Care Manager relevant to their department on efficient and integrated daily operations for the section and the team.

The Senior Zookeeper will be responsible for supporting the Animal Care Manager by assisting all teams in applying high standards of animal husbandry skills across their section, maintaining the high level of animal welfare for the animals in their team’s care and recruitment initiatives.

Sydney Zoo is open every day of the year and this position will require the successful candidate to work some weekends and public holidays.

Skills, Knowledge, and Relevant Experience

  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in relevant animal human-care husbandry and animal management.
  •  Experience in habitat maintenance and the ability to review habitats and to assess their visitor appeal.
  •  Demonstrated experience or potential to coordinate, lead, develop, and motivate staff.
  •  Demonstrated experience in species management.
  •  Strong focus and skilled in visitor engagement.
  •  Good written and oral communication skills and an ability to deal with the media.
  •  Problem-solving skills.
  •  Ability to adapt to changing operating environments.
  •  Thorough understanding of the World Aquarium and Zoo and Aquarium Association (WAZA)
  •  Conservation and Animal Welfare Strategies and demonstrated knowledge of implementation thereof, with the emphasis on the Australasian region.
  •  Valid and current driver’s license with the ability to drive a manual vehicle.
  •  Native browse knowledge and experience in cutting browse highly regarded.
  •  Experience working with international tourist groups and native animal encounters highly regarded.


 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 BBQs, 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

Applicants will be required to provide a current resume and a covering letter outlining your ability to meet the above selection requirements. Applications close 9am, Monday 6th March 2023.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply for all Sydney Zoo positions. If you require assistance, please be sure to contact us by email to [email protected] or by phone to 1800 843 966.

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.

Please direct any requests for further information to [email protected].

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