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.

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.  They provide conservation education, as well as supporting and conducting many conservation, breeding and research programs. As part of their conservation efforts they run Adelaide and Monarto Zoos.

Since 1878, they have long been established as a treasured part of the community representing a significant part of South Australia’s heritage and social history.  Since Adelaide Zoo first opened to the public in 1883, generations of South Australians have shared the wonder of the zoos.

Zoos SA is lead by an engaging and highly innovative Chief Executive and Leadership team. They have undergone major change over the past years and this position offers the incumbent the opportunity to be a part of major new developments that will be of major interest to stakeholders.

The Role

As a conservation charity, fundraising activities are critical. The Fundraising Manager role has a focus to increase fundraising income through the hands on management of a team who cover the corporate sponsorship, membership, regular giving and donation income streams for the organisation. Along with this management function, the role will be active in the acquisition of major donors and the deepening of relationships with them. The expansion and hands on management of the bequests program is also a critical aspect of this position.

The Zoos SA’s Fundraising Manager will have:

  • Solid business planning and a strategy based approach to building the income base obtained via fundraising
  • An ability to innovate and develop new income streams
  • A knowledge of fundraising systems and tools
  • Proven budget and people management experience
  • The ability to develop and leverage key stakeholder relationships and networks, both internally and externally
  • Be willing to promote Zoos SA’s image through attendance at meetings, functions and community activities

Key to your success in this role will be your experience building and engaging with the community and stakeholders and your ability to focus on fundraising activities. You will have previous experience managing a successful fundraising team and enjoy thinking outside the square and using your initiative to encourage others.

Due to the nature of the business, there may be some out of hours work commitments. Salary expectations will be discussed with shortlisted applicants. The role is based at the Adelaide Zoo but there will be a requirement to visit the Monarto Zoo on a regular basis. This role is offered on a 3 year fixed term contract basis.

Degree qualifications are desirable but not essential. Experience working within Tourism, the Not for Profit sector or a similar industry will be highly regarded. The successful applicant will be required to undergo Police Clearances and a functional capacity assessment.

To Apply

Davies Stewart welcomes applicants, on behalf of Zoos SA, with previous proven experience in a similar fundraising role.

Shortlisted applicants only will be contacted by phone to further discuss your experience. Enquiries can be made to Trudy Dickson on 08 8232 8008. Resumes must be directed to Davies Stewart via the link below or direct to



Keeper Positions, Monarto Zoo

Maternity Leave contract 0.3 FTE to January 2018, and Casuals required


Monarto Zoo requires 0.3 keeping position to cover alternate weekends through to January 2018 as well as Casual Keepers to assist in filling occasional shifts.  The successful applicant(s) will work within the Life Sciences keeping team and may be responsible for the husbandry aspects of a range of species. Experience working within a zoo or wildlife park is essential and knowledge of any variety of taxa is acceptable.

Candidates must possess a wide range of Zoo Keeping skills including the highest possible standards of welfare and husbandry. The role is three days a fortnight (weekend plus one weekday) and therefore excellent communication and organisational skills will be required to maintain currency within the role.  This includes excellent record keeping and basic knowledge of ZIMS.  An understanding of workplace health and safety regulations and a safe work ethic is necessary for the successful candidate. The ability to work well in a team, as well as independently, are key attributes of this role. As public presentations are a significant component of weekend duties, excellent customer service; engaging public speaking skills; and training and conditioning knowledge are required of this position. Basic maintenance skills are desirable.

Internal and external applicants who apply for the 0.3 maternity leave cover must be able to work a weekend each fortnight.

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

  • Husbandry experience
  • WHS understanding
  • Communication and Organisational skills, ZIMS
  • Training and conditioning experience/knowledge
  • Presentation skills
  • Customer Service skills

How to apply

ALL APPLICANTS: Please forward your resume, cover letter, and application form addressing the required criteria, to by 12 noon, Wednesday 24 May 2017.

Application Form Keeper Mz Mat Lve & Casuals May 2017


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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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