If you are currently studying an animal based vocational course such as, but not limited to (Cert III in Captive Animals or Bachelor of Science – Zoology) are enthusiastic, dependable, friendly, out-going, interested in conservation, and you enjoy working outdoors, you may be just what we are looking for. In return you will get an opportunity to spend your time with some of the worlds most amazing and interesting animals, be part of an amazing team, all whilst meeting the key practical requirements to complete your studies.
Work placement participants who embark on their Zoo Keeping journey here at Symbio are recognised upon completion of the program as some of the highest skilled and most employable within the industry.
What does a day in the life of a Work Placement Participant look like?
They help out with a variety of different tasks that are tailored to ever growing industry skills. These include but not limited to;
- Maintaining the enclosure standard and ensuring they are in excellent condition by sweeping, hosing, raking, cleaning windows, and of course, cleaning up after the animals.
- Preparing food, treats and enrichments for our animals
- Engaging with visitors to help them further understand the importance of our role in conservation and educating the public around each and every animal.
- Public speaking during Animal Presentation and keeper talks in front of visitors and school groups
- Handling of animals both on and offsite and assisting keepers with their daily tasks.
To be a Work Placement Participant at Symbio you must meet the following commitments:
You must be 18 yrs or older.
- Do the same hours as our keepers, 7:50 am – 5:00 pm 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 Work Experience Volunteers have their hepatitis A & B vaccinations, this is compulsory before they can start working with our 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.
- Currently studying a vocational animal based course (Tafe/University)
- 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 senior Zoo Keepers 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 Work Placement 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 Work Placement Participant uniform and enjoy further benefits as you progress.