Animal Trainer - Flight Deck

Territory Wildlife Park

Information for applicants – inclusion and diversity and Special Measures recruitment plans
The NTPS values diversity. The NTPS encourages people from all diversity groups to apply for vacancies and accommodates people with disability by making reasonable workplace adjustments. If you require an adjustment for the recruitment process or job, please discuss this with the contact officer. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the OCPE website.

Under the agency’s Special Measures recruitment plan eligible Aboriginal applicants will be granted priority consideration for this
vacancy. For more information on Special Measures plans, go to the OCPE website.

Primary objective
Under the Leadership of the Specialist Keeper – Flight Deck – assist with the training and conditioning of animals within the Flight Deck section, (mainly raptors), provide daily animal husbandry and welfare, and deliver formal and informal free-flight daily presentations to achieve environmental awareness, education and visitor appreciation.

Context statement
The Flight Deck Section is one of the primary attractions of the Territory Wildlife Park – delivering daily free-flight bird presentations.  Staff are required to deliver formal and informal presentations and understand animal behaviour, animal training principals and be capable of using operant conditioning.

Key duties and responsibilities

1. Assist with the day-to-day section requirements of the Flight Deck section including care, maintenance training, manning and animal husbandry of birds for the delivery of formal and informal free-flight presentations. 
2. Assist with the section maintenance and general landscaping of the presentation area.
3. Engage park visitors through “hands on” wildlife experiences and daily free flight presentations.
4. Work within a small dynamic team, support productive working relationships, apply initiative and use a common sense approach.
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
1. Experience and an understanding of raptors and other birds, aptitude to understand the principles of animal behavioural training, shaping and animal husbandry standards.
2. Possess a sound understanding of the ZAA requirements of animal welfare and the principals of captive raptor husbandry.
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 visitors, 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. 

Selection criteria

1. Possess a certificate in captive animal management from a recognised institution.
2. Possess or have the ability to obtain a Senior First Aid Certificate.

Further Information

Immunisation for Lyssa virus will be required to fulfil all aspects of this role. 

Salary: $52,728 - $62,697

Location: Berry Springs

Applications close 13th September 2022

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Quote vacancy number: 4501