Monday, July 30, 2012



Summary of Responsibilities

Adelaide Zoo requires an experienced, dedicated and committed Senior Primate Keeper with extensive Primate husbandry, people management and staff development skills. Experience working within recognized Zoological institutions is essential, along with involvement in relevant captive breeding programs. The applicant will play a vital role in development of this section, providing training to staff, assisting with collection development, and exhibit design. The incumbent must be motivated, and show a desire to encourage this section to strive for institutional and team goals and objectives. A major focus will be on breeding of key conservation species such as the Orang-utan, Golden-lion Tamarins and Gibbons, improved educational/presentation initiatives, behavioural enrichment and training and conditioning.

Experience and Qualifications

The successful applicant will be responsible for the daily operations, including managing numerous aspects of staffing and animal transactions, as well as the husbandry aspects of the collection within the Primate section. At times there is a requirement for the incumbent to supervise in absences of the Team Leader and other Senior keepers within the Primate and Carnivore team. This is a hands-on role, with approximately 80% of time spent on keeping rounds. Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and excellent communication skills are essential. 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 essential and a willingness to work towards Certificate IV is required.

How to Apply

Candidates are required to submit a CV and a covering letter, outlining;

  • The date of qualification to Certificate III in Captive Animals or equivalent
  • An outline of their primate experience, with particular emphasis paid to experience gained with the named species listed.
  • Details of experience in successful primate breeding programmes

Applications to; by Monday 13th August 2012

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