Animal Attendant

Tree Roo Rescue & Conservation Centre

Grade 2 Animal Attendant (Amusements, Events and Recreation Award 2020)

Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre Ltd. 

Tree Roo Rescue and Conservation Centre Ltd is a non-profit organisation that is committed to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned, injured or displaced Australian tree kangaroos and returning them to the wild, or if that is not possible, for life in captivity as breeding animals in zoos for education and conservation purposes.  Their vision is to assist in the prevention of the extinction of Australian tree kangaroos, help to educate the public and increase awareness of Australian tree kangaroo conservation and the threats that bring them into care.   

TRRACC is the very first and only dedicated tree kangaroo rescue and rehabilitation centre in Australia and probably the world. 

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated Animal Attendant to join our team, on a fulltime basis. 

The work site is situated in a relatively remote part of the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland, the heart of Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo country. The area is surrounded by a huge variety of landscapes and attractions – from ranges and waterfalls to spectacular national parks, wineries, and coffee plantations. Simple accommodation can be provided on request. 

About the role: 

The primary responsibility of this role is to provide the highest standard of animal care for our rescued tree kangaroos and maintain enclosures. 

Key responsibilities include daily food preparation, cleaning, and all aspects of general animal husbandry, browse collection, maintenance of enclosures and facilities, and maintenance of areas of plantations; assist with landscaping, including weed control, slashing, mulching, and planting. 

For a full position description, click here. 

About you: 

Animal husbandry qualifications and/or progressive study towards a zoo keeping certificate would be well regarded. Experience with animal husbandry and handling, coupled with a good general knowledge of Australian native fauna is required. A current manual driver’s license is also necessary. 

Flexibility with working hours across a 7-day roster is essential as weekend work will be involved.  

Employment offers a minimum of 35 hours per week and will accrue leave entitlements on a pro-rata basis. 

This is a physically demanding role that involves animal husbandry tasks and manual handling; therefore, a high level of energy and physical fitness is required to perform manual handling tasks and physically demanding work. 

Essential Skills and Experience: 

  • Current manual ‘C’ class QLD driver’s licence 
  • Previous hands-on experience working with Australian wildlife. 
  • Ability to identify individual characteristics and behavioural patterns in animals with accuracy. 
  • Demonstrated involvement and understanding of wildlife welfare and conservation. 
  • Demonstrated ability to react swiftly and appropriately during complex situations, whilst remaining calm and composed. 
  • Demonstrate well developed communication and teamwork skills. 
  • Possess a good level of physical fitness to perform physically demanding work. 
  • Ability to effectively and safely use equipment, machinery and tools required to perform animal husbandry and maintenance tasks. 
  • Ability to perform basic minor maintenance tasks incidental to the role. 
  • Previous browse collection experience. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a cohesive and productive team. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively in an environment with competing demands and multiple objectives. 
  • Demonstrated ability to remain self-motivated, positive, and enthusiastic in the workplace. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with a diverse range of people and cultures. 
  • Knowledge of hygiene and safety standards, WH&S regulations, and principles. 
  • Ability to read and comprehend MSDS documents and comply with specifications. 

Desirable Skills and Experience 

  • Working knowledge of native plant species for browse including suitable tree kangaroo species and appropriate collection methods. 
  • Knowledge of feeding requirements for tree kangaroos. 
  • Certificate II Animal Studies. 
  • Certificate III Captive Animals. 
  • Vet nursing certificate. 

To apply: 

Send a current CV of no more than 3 one-sided pages to Dr Karen Coombes, addressing all essential skills and experience to before COB 06-08-2021.   

Please ensure the subject line contains your full name, contact number, and start date availability (eg: JOE BLOGGS, 0123 445 678, available to start 24.07.21) 

Please include contact phone numbers and emails for 3 referees

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.