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

As a conservation-based 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.

Volunteering for Zoos SA is a wonderful opportunity to make a lasting contribution to our important wildlife conservation work while helping the zoo and its unique animal residents. Volunteers also experience some amazing moments, make new friends and create life-long memories.

    Monarto Safari Park Mallee Minders

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

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

As a volunteer you’ll gain knowledge, develop skills and use the skills and experiences you already posses, to contribute positively to our Zoo programs.

Please note: Almost all of our roles DO NOT involve working directly with our animals.  In the rare instance when these types of roles are available, they are offered to suitable candidates from within our existing volunteer pool.

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 or willing to learn, to use smart phones, tablets or PCs to access email, so you can use our online roster system, e-learning and access communication updates.
  • Undertake our volunteer 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 you are interested in and feel you would match well to so your application will be identified when we are recruiting for these roles.

If your interests match to our current recruitment needs you will be invited to attend a short ‘matching meeting’ via Zoom so we can see if you match to our program, values and culture, and that we match to your expectations!

NOTE: Selection to be a volunteer is a competitive process due to the limited places in our programs, compared to the number of applications we receive.However, applications are retained on our database unless you ask us to remove it.

We are seeking passionate, committed, curious, adaptable, positive & cheerful people who desire to serve our organisation as volunteers.

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 (Level 2)

Our entry level guiding role:

  • Be a positive, helpful and a friendly welcome to our visitors.
  • Know the Zoo, its services, facilities, venues and experiences available to visitors.
  • Help our visitors get the most out of their experience at our Zoo
  • Interact with visitors, sharing ours stories about the creatures in the Envirodome and Panda Forest.

 Specialist Zoo Guides (Level 3)

Must complete Level 2 Guiding first and 3 months of experience at Level 2 before commencing training at Level 3.

  • 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.

Information Desk

  • Provide information and directions to visitors within the zoo.
  • Be knowledgeable on other attractions within the city and state so that further information can be provided to our guests.
  • Manage Zubaru hire and return.

Events, Membership support

  • Help behind the scenes with major events, set up, admin, membership support services
  • Not offered every intake

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 Children’s Zoo.
  • Not offered every intake

BEEZA AZ

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
  • Not offered every intake

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.
  • Not Offered every intake

Property & Development Roles

Pot a Zoo

  • Assist staff in keeping our beautiful gardens in good order
  • Physically active role on Wednesdays
  • Not offered every intake

Education

Library Assistant

  • Supporting our archival team with digital skills. Training provided.
  • Not offered every intake.

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.
  • Not offered every intake

Corporate Services

Administration and Event Support

  • Assisting staff with with a range of general or specialised business activities or tasks.
  • Not offered every intake

All of our volunteers can choose to be involved in our annual events program which includes Boo in the Zoo, Twilight Zoos in Summer and other great events during 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 zoo 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 (Level 2)

Our entry level guiding role:

  • 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.
  • Optional extra: Walking Track Guide to engage visitors in enjoying and learning about the landscape, flora and fauna through short walks across our almost 10 kms of walking tracks.

Zuloop Guide (Level 3)

Must complete Level 2 Guiding first and 3 months of experience at Level 2 before commencing training at Level 3.

  • Lead safari bus tours around the park;
  • Tell engaging stories about our collection;
  • Provide static guiding at set locations within the park;
  • Provide commentary and information about the park and our wildlife conservation efforts.
  • Act in Platform Host, roving role if required during your shift.

Life Sciences Roles

 BEEZA MZ

Behavioural and Environmental Enrichment for Zoo Animals

  • Make food treats requested by zoo keepers;
  • Develop ideas for animal enrichment activities;
  • Build and install approved enrichment activities;
  • Assist in collecting items required for food treats and environmental enrichment.
  • BEEZA operates Monday through Friday only
  • Not offered in all intakes

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.
  • Not Offered every intake

Property & Development Roles

Mallee Minders

  • Re vegetation, plant watering, plan nursery work
  • Care of existing mallee scrub
  • Maintenance and light repairs
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays only
  • Not offered in all intakes

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
  • Tuesdays 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 in the Zoo, our popular volunteer run events and other events across both zoos.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Zoos SA.

Due to the changes brought about by Covid-19, we have smaller intakes, more often (Feb, May, July), primary focused on Visitor facing roles at this time.

AN INVITE TO PROGRESS TO A MATCHING MEETING IS OFFERED TO APPLICANTS BASED ON MEETING OUR RECRUITMENT NEEDS (based on your General Interests in the application).

Attendance to commence training with Zoos SA will be by invitation. Those who match our recruitment needs will be contacted and invited to  attend a matching interview via Zoom, to ensure that we are a match for each other, before an invite is offered.

NOTE:

Applications will be retained for future intakes unless you notify us to archive your application.

All applicants who are interviewed will be notified if they match to our programs or not.

Click here to apply!

 

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