WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo


At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo we are passionate about Australia’s native fauna. In the heart of Sydney, we deliver engaging experiences and encounters to thousands of guests daily. We are on the lookout for a Curator who can lead the curatorial team to deliver world class animal welfare and memorable guest experiences. 

About the Opportunity

Reporting directly to the General Manager and working closely with the curatorial department managers and supervisors, you will deliver the highest quality animal welfare standards, live animal exhibits and interactive activities in line with the business’s goals.

Main responsibilities include:

·        Develop and implement the 5 year display development plan in conjunction with the Regional Head of SEA LIFE Marine Programs and Engagement, General Manager and curatorial department.

·        Implement and develop rigorous Health and Safety procedures that meet the requirements of Merlin Entertainments Workplace Health and Safety policies and local authority legislation

·        Ensure a progressive, science-based approach to animal welfare using the Five Domains Model and conduct regular audits of the displays ensuring compliance.

·        Drive the team to deliver high quality live animal exhibits and educational, engaging experiences that drive a greater understanding of Australia’s natural world.

·        Responsible for accurate record keeping, using ZIMS, as required by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Merlin Entertainments

About You

This is an opportunity to really take ownership of the zoo’s collection plan, animal welfare and standards and the guest experience through leading a highly engaged curatorial team

Holding a formal qualification, you will have strong, demonstrated experience in animal husbandry/zoology or equivalent and have significant experience in captive animal management. You will be passionate about Australian fauna and love nothing more than imparting this passion to staff, guests and the wider community.

You will be an exceptional communicator, who enjoys developing teams. You are to use your vast experience to achieve set targets and KPI's. High attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines and have demonstrated planning, organisational and time management skills are desired.

About Us

Merlin Entertainments Limited is a business built on fun. We are the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator. Merlin operates over 100 attractions, 8 hotels and 3 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. We aim to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to our 54 million visitors worldwide, through our iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of more than 26,000 employees. Why do we do it? For the love of FUN!

Merlin currently has 9 attractions in Australia and New Zealand including WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo; Madame Tussauds, Sydney; Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures & Zip Line; the Sydney Tower Eye, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, Queensland and SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium in Auckland, NZ. Visit for more information.

About the Benefits

In addition to a fun and friendly environment and a competitive annual salary, you can enjoy a great benefits package including free entry to all of our Merlin attractions worldwide  - which also extend to family and friends, and much more. Perhaps the biggest benefits of joining us, however, are the outstanding opportunities for career development across the expanding group.


For more information and to apply follow the link: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - Curator