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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 1,000 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.


Current job opportunities


Full-time permanent position

The carnivore team at Monarto Zoo require an experienced and committed Senior Carnivore Keeper, with extensive carnivore husbandry, people management, and staff development skills. Knowledge and experience in training and conditioning is desirable. The incumbent must be motivated, organised and have great time management and show a desire to encourage this section to strive for departmental goals and objectives; guide the team in accomplishing its strategic and business plan objectives; and uphold and demonstrate the Society’s values.

The applicant must have the ability to work well in a team, have excellent communication skills and the ability to deliver public presentations and encounters, as well as managing the husbandry aspects of the collection within the carnivore section which includes Lions, Spotted Hyena, Cheetah, African Painted Dogs and Fennec Foxes.  This is a hands-on role with approximately 80% of time spent on keeping rounds.

At times there is a requirement for the incumbent to supervise in absences of the Team Leader. The successful applicant will also be responsible for daily operations, including managing numerous aspects of staffing and animal transactions. As the Senior is required to assist and advise their team in the progression of their Certificate III in Zoo Keeping, achievement of Certificate III is required.

Selection Criteria:

  • Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • Carnivore husbandry skills
  • Entry level people management skills
  • Knowledge and experience in animal training & conditioning
  • Solid Communication skill
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills

How to apply

Please forward your resume, cover letter, and application form addressing the required criteria.

Applications to by closing date of
17:00 Tuesday February 10th 2015

Job Descriptions will be available by emailing

Senior Carnivor Keeper Monarto Zoo Application Form

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