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.


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

Desktop Support Technician

(Part time 3 days per week)


We are seeking a highly motivated and results driven Desktop Support Technician, working three days per week. This role will assist in the providing support to staff on the information technology infrastructure at Zoos SA sites.


The successful candidate will be self-motivated, show initiative and have strong interpersonal skills. You will have strong customer service and developing information technology skills and bring a positive attitude to help and assist the team. You will demonstrate good time management skills, attention to detail and excellent team work


You will be responsible to the ICT Manager and duties will include but not limited to:

  • Install, Move, Add, Change activities related to the support of IT equipment
  • Providing onsite support for standard hardware, software and operating systems to PC and Laptops.
  • Perform file backup and restore operations in accordance with ICT Managers instructions.
  • Diagnose performance issues on Desktop systems and seek solutions
  • Maintain technical and compliance IT documentation as required
  • Undertake IT induction training of new starters and training on Microsoft Products


To be considered for this position you will need to meet the essential criteria, including:


  • Proven experience in a client facing Desktop Support role ,onsite across multiple OS and software environments
  • Basic understanding of physical networking and server equipment
  • Exceptional time management and communication skills
  • Strong technical knowledge
  • Troubleshooting experience with a range of IT products.
  • Customer service experience


Additional experience that would be advantageous includes:

  • Experience with VMware virtual server technologies (V5.1,V5.5);
  • Experience with Active Directory, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2010
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Windows XP/7/8, Mac OS X and Office 365/2010/2013, MS Windows Server 2008R2/2012
  • Strong understanding of Client PC connectivity – Ethernet, TCP/IP and VPN


How to Apply

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


Please forward your applications to by

31 August 2015 12 noon.

Desktop Support Technician Job Description ZSA August 2015

Kid’s Zoo Keeper & Presenter

 (1 x permanent Full time)

Zoos SA are seeking an individual with animal husbandry experience, animal training awareness and presentation skills to work at their Adelaide Zoo site. Candidates must possess experience in caring for, presenting and training animals in a work setting.

This role is within the Kid’s Zoo area of the Nature Theatre Section. The successful applicant will be responsible for daily duties and will have proven husbandry experience.

Skills and experience with a wide range of taxa would be advantageous due to the diversity of animals within this section. This role will also provide assistance to the Nature Theatre team for training and scheduled presentations.

Excellent team working abilities, dynamic and engaging presentation skills, animal training awareness, a flexible approach to work and a commitment to Work Health and Safety will be highly regarded.

This is an area where there is significant exposure to and interaction with the public and where the collection can change regularly, so excellent customer service, communication and time management skills are essential.

Candidates with or undertaking Certificate III in Captive Animals will be highly regarded.


How to Apply

Please complete a cover letter, Resume and Application Form Kids Zoo Keeper & Presenter 2015 addressing the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria:

  • Mammals (Native, Exotics & Domestic), Reptiles & Amphibians & Birds husbandry skills & experience
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Knowledge and experience in animal training
  • Solid Communication skill
  • Strong customer service skills

Applications to: by 12 noon, Monday 7 September 2015

Kids Zoo Keeper & Presenter Job Description August 2015

Want to learn more about how to land your dream job as a zoo keeper?  Being such an amazing job it’s not always that easy, but check out some of our feedback below to help guide you.

How do I become a zoo keeper? What qualifications do I need?

Zoos SA employs around 50 keepers on a full-time, part-time, contract and casual basis at its two sites, Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo. The turnover of staff in this field is quite low and competition for jobs is fierce.

It’s extremely difficult to get work in this industry in SA. While we do not require any formal pre-requisites as such, any animal related study demonstrates to us your interest in this field of work. In Years 11 & 12, look to study biology or a related area. Other relevant studies include Certificate and Diploma courses in Animal Technology run by the Torrens Valley Institute of TAFE , a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Zoology at University or studies in Environmental Management may also be useful.

Any voluntary work for a sustained period in an animal-related area is also indicative of your interest in the field. Zoos SA members can apply to do voluntary work at  both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos. The areas available for voluntary work do not include zoo keeping. Further information on this program can be obtained by contacting the Manager of Volunteer Programs on 8267 3255 or

If you gain permanent employment with us, you will be asked to complete studies which are zoo-specific and only available to people working in the industry.

What does a zoo keeper actually do?

Zoo keepers look after the general health and wellbeing of animals and also assist in the upkeep of their exhibits. Animals include mammals, birds or reptiles, both exotic and native. The job involves a lot of physical work including lifting, raking, shovelling, scrubbing, hosing, food preparation and pushing wheelbarrows or sulo bins, as well as assisting in the capture and restraint of animals. Zoo keepers also need to keep accurate records on their animals’ health and behaviour and present talks to visitors, therefore good communication skills, both written and verbal are also required.

What other qualities do you look for in a zoo keeper?

Animal related studies may play one part in the recruitment process, but we always look for the right attitude in potential staff. People looking for a career in zoo keeping must be passionate about animals and conservation in general, be willing to work in all weather extremes, have a team-friendly approach to working and be willing to convey information to visitors. As we are open every day of the year, you will need to work regular weekends and public holidays according to a 7-day roster.

Do you offer traineeships or internships relating to zoo keeping?

Unfortunately, we currently do not have the capacity to offer these programs.

Besides zoo keeping, what other areas of employment are available at the Zoo?

There are many sorts of jobs which contribute to the success of Zoos SA. These include:

  • Conservation management
  • Collection development
  • Horticulture trades
  • Building / Maintenance trades (welding, carpentry, plumbing, concreting, painting)
  • Education
  • Veterinary Science
  • Research Science
  • Retail
  • Visitor Services
  • Administration
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Marketing, Events and Tourism
  • Media and publications
  • Memberships / sponsorships
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Resources

When vacancies occur we may place advertisements on websites (such as or Zoo industry websites such as ZAA & ASZK). On occasions we may also be using Davies Stewart recruiting agency.

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