Senior Keeper Native Mammals & Herpetofauna
Permanent Full Time – Starting as soon as possible
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 Native’s Team at Adelaide Zoo require an experienced and committed Senior Keeper of Natives Mammals and Herpetofauna, with extensive native mammal and reptile husbandry experience, people management, and staff development skills. Previous experience in handling venomous reptiles is desirable. The incumbent must be motivated, organised, have good 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 native mammal and herpetofauna section which includes Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies, Koala, Tasmanian Devils, Bilby, Stick Nest Rats, Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroos, Inland Taipan, Aruba Island Rattlesnakes, Anaconda, Alligators, Poison Dart Frogs and Aldabra Giant Tortoises. This is a hands-on role with approximately 80% of time spent on keeping rounds.
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.
To be considered for this position you will need to meet the following selection criteria:
- Certificate III in Captive Animals
- Native Mammal husbandry skills
- Herpetofauna husbandry skills, with venomous handling skills desirable
- Entry level people management skills
- Solid Communication skill
- Strong customer service skills
- Presentation and public speaking skills
How to Apply
Applicants are required to forward your cover letter, resume and application form (no more than 4 pages) addressing the required selection criteria to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 noon, Monday 5 December 2016