Casual Zoo Keepers, Taronga Zoo Sydney

Casual Zoo Keepers, Taronga Zoo Sydney

Applications Close: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 23:59

Casual Zoo Keepers, Taronga Zoo Sydney

Casual Zoo Keepers, Taronga Zoo Sydney

  • Casual Zoo Keeper positions available
  • Located at Taronga Zoo, Mosman
  • Taronga Conservation Society Australia Salaried Employees Award - Trainee Keeper Level 1 ($24.81 per hour, inclusive of casual loading)

Looking to secure a shared future for wildlife and people? Want to pursue a career in Zoo Keeping?


Taronga is looking for driven, passionate and motivated casual Zoo Keepers to join a leading organisation in conservation, education, animal management and transformational guest experiences.

There are multiple casual positions within all precincts at Taronga Zoo Sydney:

  • Exotic Fauna Precinct - Includes Carnivores (Sumatran Tigers, Sun Bears, Meerkats), Asian Elephants, Primates (Chimpanzee, Squirrel Monkey, Lemur, Leaf Monkeys) and Ungulates (Giraffe, Hippo, Bongo).  The team delivers our Sumatran Tiger Trek, Meerkat and Elephant Encounters and various keeper talks. Soon to launch the new African Savannah.
  • Australian Fauna Precinct - Includes Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Australian Mammals (Monotremes, Marsupials, Rodents, Bats).  This team delivers our Koala encounters and our Australian Fauna ‘behind the scenes’ tours. The team also delivers some of Australia’s most awarded breed for release conservation programs.
  • Animal Presentation Precinct - Includes Great Southern Ocean (Seals, Penguins), Free Flight Birds, Backyard to Bush (including Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Marsupials, Monotremes, Small Primates, Hoofstock and Rodents). This team delivers our daily Seal and Bird Shows and other 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…

The successful individual will deliver high quality animal husbandry and management practices for Taronga’s animal population and convey environmental and conservation messages to provide inspiring and educational messages to our visitors.


Key accountabilities…

  • Work under the supervision of others 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 experience 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:

  • NSW C Class Drivers License (or ability to transfer current unrestricted license)
  • TB Screening & vaccinations against Zoonotic disease (in accordance with Taronga's Zoonotic disease vaccination matrix) or willing to obtain these at own expense.
  • 0 – 4 years of paid animal husbandry related experience
  • Current paid NSW Working with Children Check or willing to obtain at own expense.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team, proven experience providing high quality care for animals, have effective communication and strong presentation skills. 
  • Work experience (this may include volunteer work) with animals in a commercial or not for profit operation, be available across weekdays and weekend shifts as well as public and school holiday periods, and have worked in a role responsible for working with customers and/or members of the public.


While the availability of casual hours is subject to operational needs, our preference is for candidates that have a minimum availability of multiple days per week, including at least one weekend day.  Preference will be given to candidates with more availability, spread across weekdays, weekends and school holidays.


About applying…

We value your safety, and the privacy of your information. Please only apply for this position via This is the only legitimate website to apply via, and the only website whereby applications will be accepted.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter of one page.  You are also required to complete the two target questions as part of your application. 

  1. In dot point form summarise your relevant skills and experience and explain why you have selected your preferred Precinct (maximum word limit: 200 words). 


  1. The following qualities are key to success in a Casual Keeper role:
  • Ability to follow Work Procedures and work with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to Work Health Safety.
  • Ability to work in a team and demonstrate emotional intelligence and communication skills.
  • Presentation skills and strong desire and ability to engage with our guests and convey Taronga’s conservation messages.
  • Understanding of and experience implementing training and conditioning principles.
  • Flexibility and ability to cope with highly dynamic changing environments.
  • Ability to innovate and make suggestions to improve husbandry practices and animal welfare.
  • Positive attitude towards Taronga Conservation Society Australia and its direction as an organisation.

Select two of the above qualities and describe how you have demonstrated those qualities via your past experiences or achievements (maximum word limit: 250 words). You may draw from your previous work, volunteer or schooling experience in order to respond.


Applications must be completed via using the reference number 000074CM or searching the word Taronga.

To review a copy of the role description and FAQs, please visit the careers page of the Taronga website 


After reading the RD & FAQs, should you require more information in relation to the vacant position please contact Nikki Boecker, HR Officer at


If you are experiencing technical difficulties in applying, please contact “I work for NSW” support team on 1800 562 679 or


Applications close:   Midnight 28th July 2019. No late applications will be accepted.