There is an enormous amount of interest in this field of employment. However, there are a number of things you can do to increase your chances of future employment.
Most successfully employed zoo keepers have gained experience in the animal care industry as volunteers or as part of an animal society or study group. Practical experience at a veterinary surgery, wildlife park, animal welfare organisation, dog training business, wildlife rescue agency or as a kennel/stable/farm attendant, animal breeder or animal groomer is also useful.
Zoo keeping staff are required to have experience in the animal care industry or to have completed ACM20117 (Certificate II in Animal Studies). They are also expected to complete ACM30317 (Certificate III in Captive Animals) prior to or early in their employment. Having the Certificate III before applying will increase the chances of being employed.
There are a number of institutes offering courses in the required qualifications. As a student of the Taronga Training Institute you are placed as an intern keeper at Taronga Zoo (or one of its national partner zoos) to complete the required practical component of the course.
Visit Taronga Zoo’s careers page for the Taronga Conservation Society Australia’s current job vacancies.
The Australasian Society of Zookeeping is a good source of jobs available in zoos, parks and aquaria.