25 May 2018
Australia Zoo is celebrating the hundreds of volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to help care for all of the beautiful animals at the Zoo and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
As part of National Volunteer Week, Australia Zoo is recognising the more than 300 volunteers each year who come from all walks of life – from high school through to retirement – who share the common goal to help Australia Zoo in its commitment to conserving and protecting all things wild.
Terri Irwin, Owner of Australia Zoo praised all the volunteers who play such a pivotal role within the Zoo environment, providing valuable support to our keepers and guests.
“All of our volunteers do their part to ensure the greatest level of care for our 1200+ animals that call Australia Zoo home and the more than 76,000 patients that have been treated at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
“We are so grateful for all of our wonderful volunteers, they are part of our family here at Australia Zoo and their motivation and dedication is so inspiring.”
Volunteering at Australia Zoo is a fun and exciting way to learn new skills and gain a thorough understanding of what it’s really like to be a zoo keeper, working alongside experienced zoo keepers as they care for an array of amazing animals.
“We are always looking for enthusiastic, reliable and passionate people to volunteer at Australia Zoo and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital,” said Terri.
“If you enjoy working outdoors and share our unwavering passion for conservation then we’d love to hear from you!”
Additional information about Australia Zoo’s Volunteer Program
At Australia Zoo we have volunteer positions which encompass both our Animal Keeping Departments and our Customer Relations sections.
Our Keeping Volunteers assist with a variety of different husbandry and customer service tasks, including, but not limited to:
- Enclosure cleaning and maintenance e.g. raking, scrubbing, sweeping, mulching, weeding, cobwebbing, cleaning ponds, gardening, etc.
- Assisting with food preparation for a variety of species
- Preparing and assisting with animal enrichments for a variety of species
- Animal observations and monitoring
- Interacting with Zoo guests, including assisting visitors during our daily Wildlife Warriors Crocoseum Show
- Assisting keepers and gaining an understanding of a zoo keeper’s role
Our Customer Relations Volunteers (CRV) look after the two-legged population at the Zoo. As a CRV, the role entails:
- Welcoming our visitors at the front entrance and assisting them with planning their day
- Getting our guests into the Australia Zoo spirit and answering any questions they may have
- Helping visitors locate our shows and facilities
- Assisting with guided tours
- Being on hand in some of our walk through enclosures to help guests when needed
- Providing assistance at our regular promotional events and children’s activities
To find out more about volunteering for Australia Zoo or Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, contact our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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