Avian Zoo Keeper

Territory Wildlife Park

Primary objective

Under the leadership of the Specialist Keeper - Monsoon Forest - assist with general zoo keeping duties associated with the daily animal husbandry and welfare of the Park’s avian collection and exhibits, and assist in the implementation of conservation-based visitor experiences and presentations to achieve environmental awareness, education and visitor appreciation.

Context statement

The Monsoon Forest section of the Park maintains a 1km walking trail through a section of natural Monsoon Forest habitat. It includes a series of aviaries which culminate in a large domed walkthrough aviary. It also covers the Park’s Billabong which is home to pelicans and other water birds, fish and turtles. The section also displays snakes and water monitors and has a large avian breeding capacity.

Key duties and responsibilities

  1. Assist in the day-to-day husbandry, rearing, rescue, breeding and welfare of birds and reptiles and the maintenance of naturalistic exhibits.
  2. Assist with the section maintenance, general landscaping and improvement of the section including use of small machinery.
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage Park visitors through “hands on” wildlife experiences and daily presentations.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work within a small dynamic team, support productive working relationships, apply initiative and use common sense.
  5. Sound written and oral communication skills and an ability to prepare daily section reports and spreadsheets.
  6. Operate within a strong safety culture and follow defined Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures.

 

Selection criteria

Essential

  1. Possess a thorough understanding of the key components of aviculture including: diets, aviculture husbandry, compatibility, managing and breeding, observation and producing naturalistic displays in a zoological environment.
  2. Understand the principles of capture, restraint, transportation and acclimatising birds and integrating new individuals into established groups.
  3. Possess a sound understanding of the ZAA requirements of animal welfare and the principals of captive aquatic husbandry.
  4. Demonstrated ability to engage Park visitors through “hands on” wildlife experiences and daily presentations.
  5. Demonstrated ability to follow instruction, work within a small dynamic team, support productive working relationships, apply initiative and use common sense.
  6. Sound written and oral communication skills and an ability to prepare daily section reports and spreadsheets as required.
  7. An ability to interact and work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  8. Current NT ‘C’ class driver’s licence and Working with Children Clearance Notice (Ochre Card) or ability to obtain one

Desirable

  1. Possess a zoo keeping or relevant qualification from a recognised institution.
  2. Venomous snake handling experience.

 

Download the full position description

For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the  OCPE website.