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Zoos SA’s 450 strong volunteer team is an important part of the Zoos SA family and supports a variety of program activities across our two sites at Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.

As a conservation charity, our volunteers play a vital role in supporting our work and helping us to achieve our purpose to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

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Adelaide Zoo Volunteer Guides, Boo at the Zoo Volunteers and Monarto Safari Park Mallee Minders

Our Zoos SA volunteers love the outdoors, animals and interacting and engaging with people. Our generous volunteers contribute across Zoos SA through a range of people-facing and behind the scenes roles. Often they are  the public face of Zoos SA and key connectors with guests to our animal and conservation stories.

As a volunteer you’ll gain knowledge, develop skills and utilise the strengths and experiences you already possess, to contribute positively to our programs.

Please note: Our volunteer roles DO NOT involve working directly with  animals.

 

To become a volunteer you must:

  • Be 18 years of age to apply.
  • Have a current National Police Check or WWCC or be willing to undergo a screening;
  • Be a current financial member of the zoo;
  • Commit to regular service of about 180 hours per year of service. A weekly or at least fortnightly shift is expected so you can remain engaged and up-to-date with our organisation.
  • Have your own email address and are comfortable using phones, tablets or PCs to access email, our online roster system, undertake e-learning and communication updates.
  • Undertake our volunteer training and refresher training.
  • And agree to act in accordance with our values, policies, procedures and processes.

You can apply anytime via the online form. Check out the different roles in ‘General Interests’ and select those which are most of interest and you feel you are best suited to.

If your interests match our current recruitment needs you will be invited to attend a short ‘matching workshop or interview’ so we can see if you fit our program, values and organisational culture, and that we also match to your expectations!

NOTE: We receive a high number of applications and selection to be a volunteer is a competitive process due to the limited places available. We recruit for roles on an as needs basis with some roles only advertised internally.

We are seeking passionate, committed, curious, adaptable, positive and cheerful volunteers who desire to serve our organisation and conservation efforts.

Adelaide Zoo volunteers engage in a variety of roles that form an integral part of assisting with the day to day running of the zoo and help our visitors to have an enjoyable experience.

Community Engagement Roles

Welcome and Assist Guides

This position requires volunteers to:

  • Be positive, helpful and provide a friendly welcome to our visitors.
  • Know Adelaide Zoo, its services, facilities, venues and experiences available to visitors.
  • Help our visitors get the most out of their experience at Adelaide Zoo.
  • Interact with visitors and share our stories.
  • 7 day roster

Zoo Tour Guides

  • Lead groups on walks around the zoo.
  • Tell engaging stories about our collection.
  • Provide information to visitors about our conservation efforts and how it relates to our animals.
  • Help our visitors make the most of their visit.
  • 7 day roster.

Information Desk

  • Provide information and directions to visitors within the zoo.
  • Manage Zubaru hire and return.
  • 7 day roster.

Events, Membership support

  • Help behind the scenes with major events, set up, admin, membership support services as required.

Life Sciences Roles

Children’s Zoo

  • Help Keeping Staff to maintain Children’s Zoo animals through handling and feeding;
  • Supervise visitor interaction with some animals;
  • Inform visitors about the animals and the work done in the Variety Children’s Zoo.
  • Only offered internally to existing volunteers.

BEEZA

Behavioral and Environmental Enrichment for Zoo Animals

  • Volunteers work closely with Keepers to produce and provide a range of enrichment foods and products for the animals.
  • Weekdays only

ZooWatch

  • Observation and data collection of animal behaviour
  • Safety watches to support animal wellbeing
  • Only offered internally to existing volunteers.

Animal Health Centre Assistants

  • Administration, Clinical or Vet nurse support of our Vet Centre.
  • Specialist qualifications required.

Property & Development Roles

Pot a Zoo

  • Assist staff in keeping our beautiful gardens in good order.
  • Cultivate plants for sale in our Zoo Shop.
  • Physically active role on Wednesdays.

Education

Library Assistant

  • Supporting our archival team with digital skills. Training provided.
  • Only offered internally to existing volunteers

A to Zoo & Zoocation

  • Support early learning activities for young children
  • Support our vacation care program during school holidays
  • All volunteers need a DHS WWCC clearance.
  • Only offered internally to existing volunteers.

Corporate Services

Administration and Event Support

  • Assisting staff with a range of general or specialised business activities or tasks.
  • Only offered internally to existing volunteers.

All of our volunteers can choose to be involved in our annual events program which include Boo at the Zoo, Twilight Zoos in Summer and other great events throughout the year.

Monarto Safari Park volunteers engage in a variety of tasks that form an integral part of assisting with the day to day running of the park and help our visitors to have an enjoyable experience.

As a Monarto Safari Park volunteer you’ll get the chance to support a variety of activities including;

Community Engagement roles

Platform Host, Walking Track Guide, Rover

These Guiding roles:

  • Provide visitors with engaging stories and facts at set locations within the park.
  • Provide commentary and information about the park and our wildlife conservation efforts.
  • Assist visitors to plan and enjoy their day.
  • Walking Track Guides engage visitors in enjoying and learning about the landscape, flora and fauna through short walks across our almost 10 kms of walking tracks.
  • 7 day roster.

Zuloop Guide

  • Play a key role connecting our visitors with nature and Zoos SA.
  • Lead safari bus tours around the park.
  • Tell engaging stories about the Park, our animals, Behind the Scenes experiences and wildlife conservation efforts.
  • Help Visitors plan and enjoy their day.
  • 7 day roster.

Life Sciences Roles

BEEZA 

Behavioural and Environmental Enrichment for Zoo Animals.

  • Make food treats and items requested by keepers.
  • Develop ideas for animal enrichment activities.
  • Build and install approved enrichment activities.
  • Assist in collecting approved items required for food treats and environmental enrichment.
  • BEEZA operates Monday through Friday only

ZooWatch

  • Observation and data collection of animal behaviour
  • Safety watches to support animal wellbeing
  • Only offered internally to existing volunteers.

Animal Health Centre Assistants

  • Administration, Clinical or Vet nurse support of our Vet Centre.

Property & Development Roles

Mallee Minders

  • Re vegetation, plant watering, plan nursery work.
  • Care of existing mallee scrub.
  • Maintenance and light repairs.
  • Monday through Wednesdays only

Wild Africa 

  • Support of a range of Wild Africa projects.
  • Maintenance and light repairs.
  • Painting, gardening, property maintenance.
  • Fencing, light mechanical.
  • For people with trades backgrounds or equivalent skills.
  • Wednesdays or other week days as negotiated.
  • Applications welcome throughout the year!

All of our volunteers can choose to be involved in our annual events program which includes Boo at the Zoo, our popular volunteer-run events and other events across both sites.

The type and length of training required for any of our roles depends on the position with a focus on on-the-job learning, being flexible and adaptive to change and continual knowledge-seeking.

Training may include group-based sessions, on the job learning with mentors as well as online e-learning modules.

We are committed to lifelong learning, providing regular professional development and refresher opportunities with an expectation that all volunteers will actively stay up to date with any information about our animals and organisation.

 

Click here to apply!

 

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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