Under the direction of the Supervisor, Conservation and Animal Welfare, provide day-to-day leadership to the Monsoon Forest section on all matters relating to avian husbandry, interpretation and display of a variety of species of birds and some reptiles, including snakes. This position provides expertise in bird keeping.
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, turtles, and several freshwater crocodiles. The section also displays venomous snakes, small fish, water monitors and other reptiles.
Key duties and responsibilities
- Provide day-to-day leadership and guidance to avian zoo keepers to ensure the health and welfare of the Park’s avian collection to ensure the exhibits and husbandry is of the highest standards.
- Assist with the capture, handling, transportation, rehabilitation and training of captive and wild animals (reptiles and birds) and complete reports as required.
- Breed, rescue and rear birds as required for the Park’s collection.
- Represent the Territory Wildlife Park in public forums such as conferences, visual and print media and daily public presentations and contribute to Park development planning sessions and other administrative activities.
- Operate within a strong safety culture and contribute to defined Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures.
- Demonstrated experience in the captive husbandry and management
of native avian species including knowledge of biology, behaviour,
incubation, hand rearing, capture and handling, multi-species
compatibility, identification techniques, captive diets and transport
- Possess a sound understanding of the ZAA
requirements of animal welfare and the principals of captive animal
management within a zoo environment.
- Proven experience in
leading and negotiating within a small diverse team, providing staff
development and supporting productive working relationships with
- Possess excellent communication, organisational
skills including time management, small project management, reporting
and an understanding of industry record keeping programs.
experience in providing informative and diverse public presentations
with a passion for research, conservation and knowledge sharing.
a current C class driver’s licence and possess or have the ability to
obtain a Working with Children Clearance Notice (Ochre Card).
- An ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.
Certificate in Captive Animals, Zookeeping or training in another relevant discipline.
- First Aid Certificate or ability to obtain.
- Experience working with reptiles.
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For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the OCPE website.