Ranger Assistants / Animal Keepers
Looking to gain experience for a career in animal care
Walkabout Park, a unique wildlife sanctuary on 80 acres of natural bush with ancient Aboriginal sites, is just off the M1 (F3) at Calga on the border between Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.
The Walkabout Park team provides various levels of care for different animals depending on their captive status and level of humanisation.
Completely wild animals live independently in the fox-proofed bush; semi-wild macropods and emus require a certain amount of monitoring and ranger intervention; human dependant animals in naturalistic camps require a balance of maintaining natural features of their environment while tending to their daily needs; farm animals as introduced species require close management; and small reptiles and mammals in fully artificial enclosures require the highest level of attention.
Walkabout Park’s volunteer trainees learn how to perform all aspects of animal husbandry and habitat management for over 60 species of Australian native and small farm animals, do presentations for visitors on the animals, the bush and local Aboriginal history, and keep the visitor facilities clean and well presented.
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
- Age 18 years or over.
- Current or pending enrollment in Certificate II or higher in Captive Animal Care, or significant experience taking care of animals in a commercial or agricultural setting.
- A high level of physical fitness to perform physically demanding work in all weather conditions.
- Commitment to at least 2 full days every week including during school holidays.
- Availability to attend staff information and training sessions outside of normal working hours.
- A valid driver’s license and own reliable vehicle to get to and from work.