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Trainee Keeper (Indigenous Identified) – Australia Farm Job Vacancy

Trainee Keeper (Indigenous Identified)

Trainee Keeper (Indigenous Identified)

  • 2 opportunities, 2-year full time temporary contract.
  • Taronga Conservation Society Australia Salaried Employees Award, Trainee Keeper level 1 or 2 to commensurate with experience.
  • $50,324.65 – $53,676.87. Package includes salary ($45,402 – $48,427), employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Located at Taronga Zoo, Mosman


Taronga is looking for two experienced, driven and motivated Trainee Keepers (Indigenous Identified) who are interested in joining a leading organisation in conservation, education, animal management and transformational guest experiences. One position will be in the Australian Fauna Mammals & Birds team, and the second position will be in the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga team.


About us…

Taronga respects Indigenous culture and people as custodians of the land and waters, and traditional knowledge-holders. Taronga is providing opportunities for Indigenous employment with the goal of attracting and employing Indigenous staff and developing new ways to engage and retain our people. Taronga is committed to ensuring the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are heard and that our Indigenous staff are given the opportunity to be influential at the highest level.


Taronga Zoo, Sydney 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!


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 individuals will deliver high quality animal husbandry management practices for the Taronga animal population and public presentations, including environmental and conservation messages to provide inspiring and educational experiences to our guests.


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.
  • Respectfully sharing content for interpretive and encounter experiences across the wider site, including the delivery of engaging public presentations that convey Taronga’s education and conservation stories.
  • Engaging with Community and Cultural Programs team to learn and share cultural experiences and perspectives.
  • Communicate Taronga’s vision of ‘securing a shared future for wildlife and people’ both internally and externally, ensuring all communications align with Taronga’s values and strategic goals to inspire behavioural change.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • An interest in wildlife, in particular birds and native mammals
  • A desire to present information to the public and develop presentation skills
  • 0 – 4 years of paid animal husbandry related experience
  • Obtain and maintain a current paid NSW Working with Children Check at own expense.
  • NSW C Class Drivers Licence (or ability to transfer current unrestricted licence) (desirable)

Candidates will need to satisfy the Aboriginality criteria (Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under Section 14 of the Anti-discrimination Act of 1977). You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application, preferably a written statement from your community elders or a description of your region and language group


Information sessions:

To find out more about this position you can attend either of the below information sessions:

  • Thursday, 11 July 10am
  • Tuesday, 16 July 3pm


To RSVP please email [email protected] call Jackie King on 02 9932 4303.

Meet at the Taronga Centre Reception, Taronga Zoo Mosman.


About applying…

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. Outline your experience in delivering engaging presentations to an audience. If you have not presented before, please explain the steps you would take in preparing for a public presentation?
  2. The Australian Fauna Precinct works in small teams across the wider site to achieve daily goals. Please describe a time you have worked in a small team, what was your involvement and how did you contribute to the team.


We value your safety, and the privacy of your information. Applications are to be completed via using the reference number 000074FK or searching the word Taronga. For more information in relation to the vacant position you can attend the information sessions described above or please contact Nikki Boecker, HR Officer on 02 9932 4277 or [email protected]


Should you require an alternative way of applying, please contact Nikki Boecker as per the above contact details.


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


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

Apply NOW

Applications close:   Midnight Sunday 21st July 2019

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