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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.


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

Team Leader – Ungulates and Carnivores

 1x Full Time Maternity Leave Cover Position (1.0FTE)

Commencing early December 2015 through to end December 2016.

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature. We support and conduct many conservation, breeding and research programs. As part of our conservation efforts we operate Adelaide and Monarto Zoos. The successful applicant will be guided by the Zoos values and work with the keeping teams to achieve the goals set out in the Strategic Plan and Life Sciences Business Plan.

We are seeking a motivated and organised Team Leader based at Monarto Zoo, however some travel to Adelaide Zoo will be required. The successful candidate is required to safely, efficiently and effectively lead and manage the Carnivore and Ungulate teams including staff, animals and exhibits. They will promote excellent animal husbandry and welfare and be required to support and develop exciting visitor experiences.

This role requires a forward planning individual who can meet deadlines and has excellent communication skills. We are seeking a proven team player with established people management skills; overseeing the development of staff, rostering and leave management as well as ensuring a high standard of health and safety among staff. The role will assist the Curator with departmental budgets and capital expenditure planning, accomplishing strategic goals and implementation of ASMP recommendations. Experience in small scale project management and organizing animal transfers would be a requirement.

The Ungulate and Carnivore teams consist of approximately 12 staff and the successful applicant will work closely with the Team Leader of Natives and Primates to ensure consistency across the whole keeping department and may provide oversight to these sections at times. The Team Leader role is approximately 80% administration and 20% animal husbandry although flexibility is required. This role works on a 7 day roster working every second weekend. Zoo keeping skills in an open range setting would be advantageous. Knowledge and experience in training and conditioning is desirable.

To be considered for this position you will need to meet the following selection criteria:

  • Completed Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • Administration skills including Excel and ZIMS
  • Work Health and Safety knowledge
  • People management Skills
  • Animal husbandry experience
  • Training and Conditioning experience/knowledge
  • Visitor Experience
  • Customer Service skills

Qualifications in Management and a valid firearms license would be advantageous.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to forward your cover letter, resume and application form addressing the required selection criteria to: by 12:00 noon, Monday 12 October 2015

Team Leader Ungulates & Carnivore MZ Mat Leave Application form

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