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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.

2 x 0.3FTE Permanent roles


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.


The successful applicant will work within the life science team and be responsible for the daily duties and husbandry aspects of a range of species. Experience with native species in a captive environment as well as involvement in ex situ breeding programs preferred. Experience with any species is desirable as there will be the requirement to work on other animal teams.


Candidates must possess a wide range of Zoo Keeper skills including the highest possible standards of welfare, husbandry, species management and enrichment. An understanding of work health and safety requirements; the ability to work well in a team and independently; and the ability to deliver public presentations are all requirements for this position. Basic maintenance and training and conditioning skills are desirable.

The roster for the role will be every second Saturday & Sunday plus one weekday, however flexibility is required.

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

  • Husbandry experience(Natives and other species experience )
  • WHS understanding
  • Enrichment
  • Presentation skills
  • Customer Service skills
  • Administration (Zims, record keeping , SOP’s)
  • Training and conditioning experience/knowledge

Applicants who have, or are working towards, their CERT III in Captive Animal Management are preferred.

How to apply

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

Applications to; by 12noon, 24th of October 2016



Part time contract (0.2FTE) plus additional shifts available during Summer and all school holidays


Zoos SA’s Membership team provides one of the main sources of funding for Zoos SA. This role will support the Membership team in the delivery of Membership services to Zoos SA, including memberships and animal, adoptions.. This role will be responsible for the processing of memberships and attending to membership and supporter queries.


This part time position will primarily be rostered to work two weekends in four, plus two weekdays per month. Additional shifts may be available during leave periods and peak promotional times.


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

  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service principles and practices
  • Previous proven experience in customer relations.
  • Flexible attitude and possess the ability to deal with competing priorities and prioritise workloads.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • High level numeracy and able to keep accurate and detailed records.
  • Excellent computer skills and ability to work with a variety of software packages.
  • Data entry level of greater than 9,000ksph


How to apply

Applicants are required to forward your cover letter, addressing the selection criteria, and resume to: by 12:00 noon, Monday 31 October 2016



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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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