Primate Keeper
Life Sciences MSP


As one of the largest open range zoos in the world, spanning more than 1,500 hectares of fauna and flora, we're excited to have transformed into Monarto Safari Park, the largest safari park that will exist outside of Africa.


Complete with a first-of-its-kind luxury resort and glamping facilities, by 2023 Monarto Safari Park will offer longer visits and a range of new and wild safari experiences in an area known as Wild Africa including incredible tours through herds of roaming animals and a huge walk-through lemur habitat. We have also just opened a brand-new $16.8m Visitor Centre, funded by the Federal & State Governments, which offers our visitors world class entry to the park.



The Primate team at Monarto Safari Park currently require an experienced and committed Primate keeper, with experience working with Great Apes in a captive environment and a proven background in training and conditioning of primates. This is a full time 13 month fixed term contract worked over a 7 day roster, to cover a period of leave.


The successful applicant will be responsible for the daily husbandry aspects of the current chimp troop and will be involved in the planning, management and introduction of lemurs.


Our ideal candidate must be motivated, organised, have great time management and show a desire to encourage this section to strive for corporate goals and objectives.


As part of our Life Sciences team, day to day tasks may include:

  • Obtain, prepare and provide food to animals in accordance with established diets, feeding schedules and procedures.
  • Clean food and water vessels, holding areas, exhibits and food preparation and storage areas to required standards, ensure animal areas are maintained free of debris and hazardous materials.
  • Provide animals with nesting and bedding materials and other items required to meet their behavioural requirements
  • Observe and report on animal behaviour and changes to the condition of animals.
  • Maintain diaries and animal records and report matters of interest to the Senior Keeper.
  • Participating in the implementation and monitoring of behavioural enrichment and training and conditioning programs to affect animal behaviour and allow routine examinations and procedures without distress
  • Undertaking informal presentations and ‘Keeper Talks', presenting to public groups and responding to questions.
  • Participating in PR including television, radio and print media.
  • Working consistently in accordance with established safety procedures to ensure animal security, personal safety, protection of coworkers and the public.
  • Working in line with relevant Policy and Procedures/Standard Operating Procedures and providing feedback and proactive suggestions for change as required.

Please note that in the event that this role is filled from within the organisation, there may be subsequent back-fill roles available in other sections of the Life Sciences department. If this is the case, applicants who have applied for this role will be considered prior to advertising again.



To be considered for these positions you will need to meet the following selection criteria:

  • Have or be working towards Certificate III in Captive Animals (Cert III in Wildlife and Exhibited Care) preferably with practical animal husbandry experience within a zoological setting.
  • Proven experience in a practical animal related role, specifically with primates. Experience with tortoises is also advantageous.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Workplace Health & Safety principles and process.
  • Hold a firearms license (or be willing to obtain).
  • Able to deliver informative and engaging presentations that relay our conservation messaging.
  • Experience in training and conditioning including an ability to establish and continue established training plans.
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills with peers, staff, volunteers and public.
  • Proven ability to problem solve, especially with complex social species.


Please complete the requested work history & education information on the application page, attach your resume and any certificates in the education section. This will assist us in assessing your suitability for this role.


Zoos SA is passionately committed to equal employment opportunity. We believe diversity, inclusion and reconciliation are fundamental to our rich organisational culture and values, and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices so that our people continue to reflect the local communities in which we work.


If you have a strong passion in animal welfare, species conservation, and an eagerness to support the operation of a major Safari Park’s Life Sciences team, we would love to hear from you!


Please visit the Careers section of the Zoos SA website to apply.  




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