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.


Event Coordinator (full time)

2 year contract

We are seeking an experienced Events Coordinator to join our Visitor Experience team, focussed on delivering events and fundraising activities across Zoos SA properties.  Your objective will be to deliver income growth through the development and delivery of an event program that is engaging and of a high quality.

This is a perfect role for someone who is enthusiastic and is an outcome-driven forward thinker, with experience in coordinating multiple events. You will need to be highly organised, creative, familiar with prioritising conflicting deadlines and strong attention to detail is essential.

To be eligible to apply for this job, you must be able to provide evidence of your entitlement to lawfully work in Australia.


How to apply

Davies Stewart welcomes applicants on behalf of Zoos SA direct to . Phone enquiries are welcome to Amelia on 8232 8008.

All applications are received in the strictest confidence. You will receive a response to indicate your resume has been received and applicants with suitable experience will be phoned within 4 working days of receipt of application.

Retail Team Leader (2IC)

(1 x Full-Time, Permanent Role)

We are looking for an experienced Team Leader to join their Adelaide Retail team in a Full Time role. Reporting to the Retail Manager, you will be responsible for leading, managing, coaching and developing the Retail Team through assisting the Retail Manager on day-to-day operations.


Your highly developed retail experience, communication and visual merchandise skills, and management experience in conjunction with your capacity to share your knowledge will prove your success in this position.


The suitable candidate will possess:

  • Certificate III in Retail
  • Previous supervisory and/or management experience
  • Previous people management skills
  • Prior retail sales & stock management experience.
  • Proven visual merchandising skills
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team to achieve business goals and objectives.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • High level of autonomy

To be eligible to apply for this job, you must be able to provide evidence of your entitlement to lawfully work in Australia.


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.

All applications are received in the strictest confidence. You will receive a response to indicate your resume has been received and applicants with suitable experience will be phoned within 4 working days of receipt of application.



Monday 6 July 2015 12 noon

Nature Theatre Presenter

(1x Permanent Full Time to commence November 2015)

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our newly developed Nature Theatre Team. The Nature Theatre Presenter, based primarily at Adelaide Zoo, will deliver fun, entertaining, and educational presentations to visitors, students and community groups at both Zoos SA’s properties. There may also be a requirement for off-site presentations.


Under the direction of the Manager of the Nature Theatre Team, the Presenter will provide care in the areas of well-being, husbandry and training requirements of all presentation animals. Duties will also include providing assistance in the care of animals in the Children’s Zoo which may not directly feature in scheduled presentations.


The role will also include participating in the development, implementation and maintenance of interactive animal training programs that ensure a growing and sustainable collection of Nature Theatre animals.


Presentations in the area of Roving Encounters, Scheduled Shows, Bird Show, Mobile Zoo, School Holiday and Quarterly-themed Programs will be core duties. Assisting animal keepers in their roles as presenters for animal encounters will also be required.


Advanced skills in animal husbandry, training, program development and engaging, energetic presentation delivery are essential. Documented experience in bird training will be highly regarded. Theatrical and musical skills and educational experience with children and young adults will be considered favourably.


How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume and complete the Application Form which outlines your suitability for the role.

Selection Criteria:

  • Animal husbandry skills
  • Knowledge and experience in animal training
  • Educational experience
  • Solid Communication skill
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills

Applications are to be forwarded to by the closing date of:

Monday 6 July 2015 12 noon

Nature Theatre Presenter Job Description

Native Keeper Monarto Zoo

1 x permanent full time position

The Native Department, in line with Zoos SA’s Strategic Plan and the Life Sciences Business Plan, have a number of conservation and insurance population programs; ranging from Tasmanian devils, yellow-footed rock wallabies, and Mainland tammar wallabies to brush-tailed bettongs, bilby and planned recovery efforts for the Mallee emu wren.  In addition to other native marsupials this section is also responsible for a number of reptile species and additional bird species.

The successful candidate for this position must be a motivated, hardworking and an adaptable keeper with proven experience working with an array of native wildlife within a captive environment and experience with captive breeding programmes.  They must be prepared to take up the opportunity to be a round keeper on the native section and thus must have administrative skills including excellent record keeping, knowledge of ZIMS and ability to draft SOPs, and reviewing procedures.  Proven experience in enclosure design, basic maintenance and problem solving skills are highly desirable.

As a round keeper excellent communication and customer service skills are crucial.  Experience in training and conditioning and enrichment are also required for this role. Public presentations are part of the native’s team daily duties, so a passion for conservation and public interaction is essential.  Working towards or completion of the Certificate III in Captive Animal will be highly advantageous.

Work Health and Safety is at the forefront of this department and a safe-minded work ethic is required; including behind the scenes tours; keeper and visitor safety; and daily operations.

This position is the ideal opportunity to support our mission to ‘Save Species from Extinction and Connect People with Nature’.


How to apply

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

Selection Criteria:

  • Australian mammal, husbandry skills
  • Knowledge and experience in animal training, conditioning & enrichment
  • Experience in enclosure design and basic maintenance
  • Problem solving skills
  • Solid Communication skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • WHS awareness
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Administrative skills: including record keeping, drafting standard operating procedures, reviewing procedures, knowledge of ZIMS


Closing date 

Monday 13 July 2015 12 noon

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