SEA LIFE Sydney, 1-5 Wheat Rd; Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW 2000 AUS

Are you passionate about conservation and creating incredible guest experiences for our multitude of visitors? Do you want to be an integral part of our dedicated team of penguin keepers, working in our multi-faceted penguin exhibit which houses a waddle of King and a raft of Little penguins? These state-of-the-art exhibits feature many world-first components. If interested, we have a fintastic opportunity for you to join our dynamic Curatorial team as a Full-Time Penguin Keeper.

About the Role

The Penguin Keeper is responsible for assisting the Penguin Supervisor in the effective daily management of the Sub Antarctic and Little Penguin collection and ensuring best practice animal husbandry for the animals under the team’s care. This includes acquisition, quarantine, and daily care, in addition to conducting internal /external research, monitoring activities, and implementing public talks, presentations, and guest interactions. You will maintain consistently high standards of displays presentation throughout all public and behind scenes areas of displays and be fully versed in the exhibit’s life support systems operation.

About You

You are an enthusiastic, motivated, energetic and suitably experienced animal keeper. You are observant and pay attention to detail, with particular reference to monitoring a colony of penguins. You are a good and professional communicator, have sound planning, time-management, interpersonal and organisational skills, and know how to identify and solve problems independently. You will have:

  • Ability to execute behavioural management plans for animals.
  • Experience in penguin/bird breeding behaviours, artificial incubation and all aspects of chick hatching and rearing. Experience with other terrestrial or aquatic species would also be helpful.
  • Experience in first aid care of penguins/birds and supporting veterinary inspections.
  • Experience in general aquatic husbandry and experience in diving to maintain display, maintaining life support systems and water quality.

You have prior experience in maintaining living collections, and will have worked extensively with penguins or similar species, with a proven ability to work alone and in a team environment, with peers and supervisors alike. You also perform well under duress typical of dealing with living organisms. You have an affinity for working with guests and customer service comes naturally.

You hold a minimum of Rescue diver certification with a valid dive medical, or be able to achieve this within a short time frame.

You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology or Biology or an equivalent Animal Care Diploma, or a minimum of 3 years relevant animal husbandry experience. An alternative of expertise in penguin/bird husbandry is also given much consideration.

Typical Physical demands

Able to lift 50 lbs. to shoulder height, can carry materials, transport boxes, buckets, and frozen fish throughout the facility.

You are able to work on a roster.

Standing, walking and working for long periods in a cold environment, and in close confines.

This role carries diving responsibilities.

About the Benefits

The hourly rate is $25.99 and other perks include:

  • Corporate benefits including free access to all our attractions worldwide
  • Birthday leave and 3 volunteer days to give back to a social cause you care about
  • Autonomy to introduce disruptive thinking in your profession
  • Global opportunities to develop and progress your skills and career
  • Being part of a business built on fun

About Us

We are MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS, Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator. Merlin now operates 130 attractions, 20 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its c.28,000 employees (peak season). Why do we do it? For the love of FUN!!!!!!

So, whether it’s meandering through our Great Barrier Reef exhibit, touching Sea-Stars at our rock pool or coming face to face with the only dugong on display in Australia, these world class experiences are only made possible by the care, passion, dedication and commitment of our fantastic husbandry team, of which you will be an integral part of. These SEA LIFE teams are all built on the foundation of an incredible commitment to conservation and a need to share the beauty of our aquatic ambassadors with the world in an engaging and interactive way.

If you are a team player, and the thought of delivering this magic to over a million guests a year makes you smile, you are vibrant and passionate about educating guests and creating memorable experiences in a great company and team who Love What We Do, we want to hear from you!

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