Volunteers come from all walks of life to join the Symbio crew. Here you can work with dedicated people, from whom you can gain knowledge, developing your own professional and personal skills. Volunteers are an important part of the team, and we welcome their involvement and enthusiasm.People volunteer for many different reasons: to learn what it’s like to be a zoo keeper, to gain experience to further their careers, or just for the personal satisfaction of their efforts.
There are many benefits to volunteer work. It’s a great way to show potential employers that you are hard-working, dedicated to giving back to the community, and to make a contribution to conservation. You will also learn more about the animals themselves. In addition, it’s a fun and rewarding way to spend your free time in the best office in town, surrounded by amazing animals from all over the world.
If you are enthusiastic, dependable, friendly, out-going, interested in conservation, and you enjoy working outdoors, you may be just what we are looking for. You will get to hang out with some of our amazing and interesting animals.
Our Volunteers help out with lots of different tasks, including, but not limited to:
- Making sure our enclosures are in excellent condition by Sweeping, hosing, raking, cleaning windows, and of course, cleaning up poo (and there is no shortage of it)
- Preparing food and treats that our animals enjoy
- Making toys for some of our more inquisitive residents
- Helping guests as they wander through the park
- Performing public presentations/keeper talks to the visitors and to school groups
- Roving walks with certain animals like our dingoes, possums and reptiles
To be a Volunteer at Symbio you must meet the following commitments:
- You must be 18 yrs or older.
- Do the same hours as our keepers, 7:20 – 4:30 and work in all weathers (rain or shine).
- It is a minimum requirement that you have an up to date tetanus vaccination. It is desirable that volunteers have their hepatitis A & B vaccinations, this is compulsory before volunteers can work with primates.
- It is a minimum one day per week commitment (you choose which day, and you can change your day if needed). Special arrangements may be considered if completing a relevant course where more hours are required.
- 2 passport photos are to be attached to your application
- We will require a $100 donation (cash only) on your trial day as a conservation contribution and to cover your training. This is non-refundable.
- The process for applicants will be as follows:
- Once we receive your application, you will be contacted by one of our Zookeepers to organise an interview time – generally only for 5-10 minutes, if we both think it is worthwhile to proceed you will have a trial day at the Zoo.
- if accepted into the Volunteer Program you will be expected to reach a level of competency in your first 4 weeks which are compulsory days.
- if you reach that level of competency in that time you can become a fully fledged member of the program and wear a volunteer uniform and enjoy further benefits as you progress.
Please note that volunteer applications for 2016 have now closed. If you have submitted an application we thank you for your interest and will be in contact with applicants who are successful in progressing to the interview stage.
Applications will re-open on this page when future positions become available.