Zoo Keeper Woodlands

Territory Wildlife Park

Primary objective

Under the leadership of the Specialist Keeper – Woodlands - assist with general zoo keeping duties associated with the daily animal husbandry and welfare of the Woodland’s animal collection and research projects and deliver formal and informal encounters to achieve environmental awareness, education and visitor appreciation.

Context statement

The Woodlands section is one of the primary attractions of the Territory Wildlife Park – providing an immersive macropod experience, animal encounters and maintaining a diverse range of taxa for breeding, conservation programs and display.

Key duties and responsibilities

  1. Assist with the day-to-day section requirements of the Woodland section including animal welfare and husbandry, rearing of rescued animals, animal rehabilitation, breeding and research programs.
  2. Assist with section maintenance and general landscaping of large and small scale areas.
  3. Assist with the capture, handling and transportation of captive and wild animals.
  4. Demonstrated ability to engage Park visitors through “hands on” wildlife experiences and daily presentations.
  5. Demonstrated ability to 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.
  7. Operate within a strong safety culture and follow defined Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures.

Selection criteria

Essential

  1. Proven experience working with a range of native animals in a habitat-based zoological environment, an understanding of hand-rearing implications and a passion for research and breeding programs.
  2. Possess a sound understanding of the ZAA requirements of animal welfare and the principals of captive animal husbandry and small exhibit design.
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage Park visitors through “hands on” wildlife experiences and daily presentations.
  4. Demonstrated ability to follow instruction, work within a small dynamic team, support productive working relationships, apply initiative and use common sense.
  5. Sound written and oral communication skills with ability to use spreadsheets and complete daily reports.
  6. An ability to interact and work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds, volunteers and students.
  7. Possess a current ‘C’ class driver’s licence and Working with Children Clearance Notice (Ochre Card) or ability to obtain one

Desirable

  1. Possess a certificate in captive animal management from a recognised institution.
  2. Venomous snake handling

Further Information
Australian Bat Lyssavirus vaccination is required for this position as the incumbent will be handling bats.
 

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