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.

Are you an experienced Finance and Administration Manager motivated by leading a team to success, meeting strategic and business objectives and developing key relationships? Are you driven to work for a community focussed organisation where your analytical skill set and compliance experience is utilised within a corporate setting?


Join the Corporate Services team of Zoos South Australia. Based at Adelaide Zoo, as an experienced accountant you will be required to oversee the day-to-day accounting functions and work closely with the Director of Corporate Services to ensure business and strategic objectives are met.


Reporting to the Director of Corporate Services, your key responsibilities will include:


  • The preparation of monthly financial reports
  • Coordination of the year-end audit function
  • Assistance with budgeting and cash flow projection
  • General ledger reconciliation
  • The preparation of quarterly BAS and annual FBT returns
  • Management and oversight of reception, accounts payable, accounts receivable, fixed asset register and the administration function of the Corporate Services Department


Utilising your strong customer service and management skills, the successful applicant will be dynamic, enthusiastic and self motivated. Analytically focused and system savvy, your strong attention to detail and proven ability to build key relationships with both internal and external contacts will be highly regarded. You will lead by example, demonstrating exceptional time management skills and excellent team work.


Key Requirements:

  • Demonstrated recent experience in a commercial accounting environment especially in respect of compliance and reporting
  • Tertiary qualifications in accounting or a related field
  • Completion or working towards membership of a professional accounting body (CA or CPA)
  • Experience in dealing with accounting and related issues
  • Knowledge of banking and cash management processes
  • Knowledge of appropriate technical, legal and accounting standards.


This is a Fantastic position to lead a hardworking and dedicated team of professionals in a unique environment.

Applications for this vacancy must be directed to Davies Stewart via the link below, or direct to Phone enquiries are welcome to Amelia on 8232 8008.


1 x permanent full time position

1 x permanent 0.3 position

Two new permanent roles have become available within the Keeping team at Monarto Zoo.

These roles will primarily work within the Carnivore Department but may also assist with Ungulate tours or train and cover other duties as required. This role was developed to allow for increased safety considerations within our large carnivore round as well as to assist with encounters, behind the scenes tours and keeper talks.  Thus, the successful candidate must have a strong and proven safety ethic as well as a keen desire to host visitors, give engaging presentations and assist with developing new presentations and experiences.  Training and conditioning skills are highly desirable to further enhance our visitor experiences and improve animal care and monitoring.

In addition this keeper will be involved in the day to day husbandry and breeding programmes of the hyena, lions, cheetah and African painted dogs; so experience working with large and preferably, small carnivores is essential. Public presentations are a significant part of the Carnivore and Ungulate teams’ daily duties, so a passion for conservation and public interaction is essential.  Ungulate husbandry knowledge and keeping skills are also desirable.

Work Health and Safety is at the forefront of this department and must be considered in every way; including behind the scenes tours; keeper and visitor safety; and daily operations.

Applicants must be willing to obtain a currents SA firearms licence.

Although this position is based within the carnivore department, there will be some requirement to assist the Ungulate team with tours and presentations and the successful candidate may be required to work on other sections if needed.

How to apply

ALL APPLICANTS: Please forward your resume, cover letter, and Application Form addressing the required criteria.

Selection Criteria:

  • Carnivore and ungulate husbandry skills
  • Knowledge and experience in animal training, conditioning & enrichment
  • Solid Communication skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Development of presentations/visitor experiences

Applications to; by 12 noon Monday 4 July 2016

Keeper RSZZA JD October 2013

Thanks @powerfmsa for this great article about Reuben, our Tasmanian Devil, chosen for wild release in Tasmania.

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.


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