Zoo Keeper

Tasmania Zoo

TITLE:    Zoo Keeper
EMPLOYMENT  CONDITIONS:    Permanent Full Time
AWARD:    Amusements, events and recreation
WAGES:    Salary based on level of skills and experience
HOURS:    76 hours per fortnight; includes rostered weekend work
DIRECT REPORT:    Head Keeper
SUPERVISOR:    Wildlife Operations Manager


Responsible for sound husbandry practices and attending to the physical and psychological health needs of appointed animals. Teamwork must be well met, including providing assistance and support to other staff and volunteers.  Undertake public presentations that provide effective zoo visitor education and conservation messaging.  Practice health and safety of animals and people through attention to biosecurity and the workplace environment.  Adhere to Tasmania Zoo’s policies and procedures in all areas of work and conduct including standards for performance and behavior.


Provide a sound standard of husbandry and care to all animals under charge; including provision of appropriate nutrition, thorough cleaning and upkeep of enclosures and following The Zoo’s Policy and Practice

  • Daily monitoring and tending of animals and their environment ensuring all needs are met (health, behaviour, shelter, nutrition)
  • Diet preparation and provision
  • Practice hygienic methods of food preparation, presentation and overall cleaning
  • Ensure animal exhibits are well presented and maintained in a safe, bio-secure manner
  • Undertake approved, species-appropriate environmental enrichment activities
  • Perform basic animal health care and administer routine and preventative treatment and medications as directed
  • Assist with manual restraint and handling of animals for monitoring, movements and veterinary procedures

Ensure timely and accurate recordkeeping in relation to animals, routines, husbandry outcomes, environments and activities / events

  • Maintain detailed animal husbandry and health records in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.  Record keeping as in-house notation
  • Undertake daily animal presentations to the public; ensuring any species interactions are in accordance with local authority requirements and follow Standard Operating Procedures for the Zoo.  Ensure talks are factual, represent up-to-date information, hit key messages and meet a professional standard.

    Teamwork and Liaison
  • Provide assistance and information to public in a professional and courteous manner
  • Actively participate as a team-member; demonstrate respect for and support of, other staff at all times
  • Attend to reporting needs in relation to animal health, security and workplace safety matters



  • Follow feeding, care and maintenance schedules of Zoo animals as per written and verbal directions
  • Assist with exhibit refurbishment and renovation as required to meet animal health and wellbeing, and effective / aesthetic visual interpretation of species
  • Participate in behaviour/conditioning and undertake training as required
  • Assist with or undertake capture and restraint of Zoo animals under direction
  • Liaise  with  supervisors  regarding  animal  health  matters,  and  veterinary  or  health requirements
  • Administration of oral and topical medications and preventative treatments with attention to associated record-keeping
  • Use of relevant safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) relating to animal care and enclosure maintenance
  • Follow reporting requirements for all animal health, WH&S and injury, hazard / incidents
  • Comply with WH&S requirements for all aspects of husbandry, enclosure maintenance and grounds upkeep (animal handling, use of vehicles/chainsaws, waste disposal, PPE etc.)

Probationary and Performance Note:

All part-time and full-time positions are subject initially to a 3 month probationary period with formal review by management at the end of this period.

Continuation of instatement will be determined by the outcome of the probation performance reviews; to be aligned with Position Description Role Responsibilities / Result Areas.

A further performance review for staff is scheduled at 6mo and 12mo; thereafter subject to annual review


Animal Husbandry and Welfare 

  • Provide routine husbandry and dietary requirements.
  • Understand and practice hygiene and biosecurity
  • Implement behavioural enrichment activities for a range of species.
  • Implement effective and timely animal treatment requirements
  • Maintain accurate information and record keeping.
  • Recognise and report animal safety /health /behaviour concerns promptly

People and Customer 

  • Teamwork
  • Communications with Zoo staff and public
  • Public presentations and interactive programs
  • Report workplace hazards
  • Demonstrate and follow safe work practices


  • Demonstrate understanding of record-keeping needs in different areas (animals, environment, interactive programs)
  • Take accurate records of animals and their environment including maintenance of health, behaviour and security


  • Certificate III Captive Animals
  • Minimum of one (1) year paid experience in a husbandry role within the zoological or captive animal industry (e.g. shelter, agricultural, laboratory background)
  • Husbandry experience with a range of different animal taxon
  • Experience in public speaking, delivering presentations and educational messages
  • Understanding of Workplace Health, Safety and Environment needs
  • Full manual car licence
  • Current First Aid Certificate (desirable)


If you are a hard-working person with a genuine interest in making a difference for animals and conservation, we would like to hear from you.

Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining skills and experience to [email protected] by c.o.b Friday 29th July 2022.

Please note that only applicants short listed will be contacted.