Overview

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Zoo Keeper

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

  • Awarded the Inland NSW Tourism Award for Best Tourist Attraction (Dubbo)
  • Ongoing Full Time Positions Available
  • Taronga Conservation Society Australia Salaried Employee Award, Trade level 1-4
  • Located at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

 

Looking to secure a shared future for wildlife and people?

Taronga is looking for experienced, driven and motivated Zoo Keepers who are interested in joining a leading organisation in conservation, education, animal management and transformational guest experiences.

 

About us…

Taronga Zoo officially opened in October 1916, with Taronga Western Plains Zoo officially opening in February 1977!  We believe in a shared future for Wildlife and People. Taronga is working in partnership with wildlife conservation organizations and communities to develop ways to protect species and habitats. Taronga. For the Wild!

Our employees enjoy generous employment conditions including:

  • Complimentary family and friends passes
  • A wide range of discounts on our award winning accommodation
  • Discounted food and beverage purchases across the site
  • Reduced rates for other services including animal encounters
  • To discover more about the benefits of working at Taronga, please visit our website here.

 

 

We value diversity…

Taronga is an equal opportunity employer, where we recognise the diversity of our workforce and community – be it on the basis of gender, age, culture, religion, language or personal circumstances.

Taronga is also committed to building on the perspectives, experience, knowledge and skills that this diversity brings to our organisation.

Taronga provide specific workplace programs to support diversity and equal employment opportunities for women, people with a disability and people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

 

About the role…

Deliver high quality animal husbandry and management practices for the Taronga animal collection and convey environmental and conservation messages to provide inspiring and educational messages to our visitors.

 

Key accountabilities…

  • Work without supervision to safely provide high quality animal husbandry and management techniques in line with Taronga policies and procedures to assist Taronga in meeting WHS and animal care and welfare targets and in complying with all relevant legislation.
  • Comply with Taronga’s Animal Welfare Charter to ensure industry leading standards of animal welfare are maintained and animals in our care are assured of Taronga’s 5 Freedoms.
  • Communicate Taronga’s education and conservation messages both internally and externally, ensuring all communications align with Taronga’s values to inspire behavioural change in accordance with Taronga’s vision and strategic pillars.
  • Deliver high quality customer services experiences in order to provide excellent guest experiences and promote repeat visitation.
  • Work effectively as a member of a high performing team including peers, volunteers and students to assist Taronga in its achievement of strategic outcomes.
  • Comply with sustainability practices in the workplace to help achieve Taronga’s sustainability targets and reduce environmental impact.

 

 

About you…

We are looking for candidates that have:

  • 4 – 7 years of paid animal husbandry related experience
  • NSW C Class Drivers Licence (or ability to transfer current unrestricted licence)
  • Obtain and maintain vaccinations against Zoonotic disease (in accordance with Taronga’s Zoonotic disease vaccination matrix) at own expense.
  • Obtain and maintain a current paid NSW Working with Children Check at own expense.

 

 

About applying….

 Applications must be completed via https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/ using the reference number 00008DKD or searching the word Taronga.  For more information in relation to the vacant position please contact Glenn Sullivan at gsullivan@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

To apply for this position please submit a current version of your resume and address the above key accountabilities in a cover letter no more than two pages. You are also required to answer the two target questions as part of the application.

  1. Outline your relevant experience in Zoo Keeping, specifically with Large Ungulates and Exotic Fauna. Include at least two examples of how you have provided high levels of husbandry and positive welfare to the animals in your care.
  2. When you’re in a team situation, what role do you usually play and what is your communication style?

 

To review a copy of the role description, please visit the careers page of the Taronga website http://www.taronga.org.au/

Applications close: 11:59pm, Tuesday 3 August 2021

 

Responsibilities

 

Key accountabilities…

  • Work without supervision to safely provide high quality animal husbandry and management techniques in line with Taronga policies and procedures to assist Taronga in meeting WHS and animal care and welfare targets and in complying with all relevant legislation.
  • Comply with Taronga’s Animal Welfare Charter to ensure industry leading standards of animal welfare are maintained and animals in our care are assured of Taronga’s 5 Freedoms.
  • Communicate Taronga’s education and conservation messages both internally and externally, ensuring all communications align with Taronga’s values to inspire behavioural change in accordance with Taronga’s vision and strategic pillars.
  • Deliver high quality customer services experiences in order to provide excellent guest experiences and promote repeat visitation.
  • Work effectively as a member of a high performing team including peers, volunteers and students to assist Taronga in its achievement of strategic outcomes.
  • Comply with sustainability practices in the workplace to help achieve Taronga’s sustainability targets and reduce environmental impact.

 

Key Application Responses

  1. Outline your relevant experience in Zoo Keeping, specifically with Large Ungulates and Exotic Fauna. Include at least two examples of how you have provided high levels of husbandry and positive welfare to the animals in your care.
  2. When you’re in a team situation, what role do you usually play and what is your communication style?