Join the Zoo Team

Zoos SA is a charitable conservation society dedicated to the preservation of some of the world’s most threatened species. Its vision is to lead and achieve long-term conservation change through education, breeding and research programs at its world renowned sites, Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, and in the wild.

Adelaide Zoo, one of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions, is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings. It’s the second oldest zoo in the nation and represents a significant part of South Australia’s heritage.

Monarto Zoo is one of the largest open range zoo in the world spanning more than 1,500 hectares of fauna and flora. Monarto Zoo opened in 1983 as a closed special purpose breeding facility. Since officially opening to the public in October 1993, Monarto Zoo has evolved into a true biopark, representing a unique blend of a conservation and wildlife park. Its principle purpose is to provide a place for the conservation of Australian and exotic wildlife, public recreation and education.

Zoos SA represents an important part of South Australia’s heritage and social history with more than 30,000 members. Since Adelaide Zoo opened to the public in 1883, six generations of South Australians have passed through its gates.

Securing long term populations of species in natural ecosystems and habitats is one of the key aims of Zoos SA, and to do this the organisation works at a variety of levels, including maintaining insurance populations, educating the community, influencing policy, restoring habitat and protecting wild animal populations. Approximately 250 full, part time and causal staff members and more than 500 volunteers at our not-for-profit society work towards these goals.

Joining the Zoos SA team is unique and wonderfully fulfilling opportunity.


Retail Team Leader (2IC)

  • Take your career from retail to corporate!
  • Opportunity to lead a committed team and give back to a worthy cause
  • Are you seeking career development and further training opportunities

This is a fantastic opportunity for a driven retail professional who is looking to secure a career path within an highly regarded SA organisation.

Do you enjoy empowering a team to deliver fantastic customer service? Take your retail leadership experience into a corporate setting and be rewarded with career progression and further skills development.

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature. They provide conservation education, as well as supporting and conducting many conservation, breeding and research programs. As part of their conservation efforts they run Adelaide and Monarto Zoos.

Working within the retail store of the Adelaide Zoo, you will report to the Retail Manager, and have responsibilities around visual merchandising, staff management of a medium sized team and stock management. You will enjoy providing top level customer service as this well rounded position will see you hands on in the retail store while balancing your operational and administrative responsibilities.

Previous experience across these areas is required however professional development and ongoing training will be provided.

You will possess flexibility to work across a roster and a drivers license as travel between locations may be required.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a driven retail professional who is looking to secure a career path within an highly regarded South Australian organisation.

How to Apply

Davies Stewart welcomes applicants on behalf of Zoos SA via the link below, or direct to Phone enquiries are welcome to Amelia on 8232 8008.


Volunteer Programs Manager

Are you a passionate Manager with a strong volunteer management background? Use your extensive strategic development skills to work with this iconic SA organisation.

  •  Develop, co-ordinate and support volunteers
  • Join an organisation that is dedicated to conservation and education
  • Combine your strategic development, policy writing and volunteer management skills

Zoos SA is a non-profit charitable organisation who are committed to education and conservation of animals. To assist them across the organisation, they have a team of volunteers that help with everything from mixing feeds, to guiding conservation tours and supporting major events.

Are you an experienced Volunteer Program Manager who can embrace future change with excitement and develop volunteer programs that maximise the effectiveness of Zoos SA Volunteer Program? Do you enjoy engaging, educating and liaising with a diverse volunteer base, whilst using your strategic development experience? This is a rare opportunity to work in a unique environment with a fantastic South Australian charitable organisation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the strategic development of Volunteer Programs, including retention, training and recruitment
  • Oversee the management of Volunteer programs across Adelaide and Monarto sites
  • Liaise with supervisors to co-ordinate volunteers required
  • Manager, develop and review training programs
  • Co-ordinate and attend monthly Committee meetings
  • Manage a budget and achieve targets
  • Ensure that all programs comply with WHS Standards and policies

You will be an excellent communicator and a strategic thinker who is able to develop and grow the unit and bring innovative ideas to the team. Prior experience as a volunteer program manager or similar is essential as is the ability to deal with people from all walks of life in challenging and busy situations. Due to the nature of the role and the business, there will be out of hours and weekend work commitments required. The role is full time and based at the Adelaide Zoo, although regular trips to Monarto will be required.

How to Apply

Davies Stewart welcomes applicants, on behalf of Zoos SA, with previous experience in a similar Volunteer Management role.

Short listed applicants only will be contacted by phone to further discuss your experience. Enquiries can be made to Amelia Moritz on 08 8232 8008. Resumes must be directed to Davies Stewart via the link below or direct to


(Permanent Part Time – 1 day per week)

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with experience in horticulture for permanent part time work to provide assistance to the Horticulture department as required.

The successful candidates will be required to undertake duties which will include undertaking landscaping, maintenance and general care of exhibits and grounds and any other tasks associated with the role of the Horticulture Department.

Successful candidates must met the selection criteria as follows:

  • Experience in tree surgery and shaping skills
  • Ability to identify plant species
  • Awareness of horticultural techniques and practices.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent team working abilities,
  • Commitment to and knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety.

Certificate III in Horticulture would be advantageous.

How to apply

APPLICANTS: For consideration please submit a cover letter addressing the selectria criteria and resume.

Please forward your applications to by 10 August 2015 12:00 noon

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