Position Description

Head Keeper
Location Hamilton Island - QLD
Department Wildlife Hamilton Island
# of openings 1
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Hamilton Island's Head Keeper is responsible for delivering best practice animal husbandry and welfare.  Assist the Director of Operations with innovative exhibit development to enhance overall guest experience at the Wildlife Park.

Culture & Benefits

  • Pick up extra shifts and develop your career through our multihire program
  • Save money with subsidised furnished staff accommodation
  • Accredited training provided via the Robert Oatley College
  • Staff perks - discounts on restaurants and activities!
  • Fantastic work culture and supportive community
  • Walk to work - forget city traffic 
  • Enjoy living and working on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef!


About The Role

  • Ensure collection management plan is adhered to and ensure team carry out high quality animal husbandry and welfare 
  • Building relationships with relevant external organisations to position and promote Hamilton Island Wildlife Park 
  • Provide critical species knowledge relative to each species kept on premises and work closely with the animal keeping team 
  • Update and maintain all records relevant to the care and husbandry practise of all the animals held in the WLHI collection
  • Maintain and develop diet sheets for all species held at the park
  • Assist GM with permit and legislative matters in line with animal collection, movements and transactions
  • Ensure the safety of animals, guests and staff at all times by following company OH&S policy and procedures
  • Collection of Koala Leaf and Macropod browse as and when needed and ensuring other sufficient feed supplies
  • Report any animal welfare or illness concerns
  • Coach and mentor fellow members of the team on clinical and animal care procedure
  • Maintain operating costs in line with budget 


About You

  • QLD Driver’s Licence 
  • Previous experience in similar role 
  • Must hold or able to obtain Q-Fever vaccination
  • Must possess tertiary qualifications in animal husbandry/zoology or have relevant experience or qualifications in captive animal management with a strong background in Australian Mammals
  • Exceptional interpersonal and team building skills
  • Must demonstrate a passion for promoting awareness of native Australian fauna and flora
  • Ability to satisfy the requirements of a QLD Working with Children Check 
  • Ability to train others in handling/presentation of lethal hazardous animals where appropriate


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