Zoological Parks Authority
PSCA, Specified Calling Level 2, $96,548 - $106,179 p.a. plus 10% superannuation

Note: The selection criteria was modified on 19 May 2022. Applicants who meet the modified criteria are encouraged to apply. Applicants should note these amendments when reading the Job Description Form.

Perth Zoo gets hands-on in wildlife conservation, at home and beyond our borders. This is what makes us one of the world’s best inner-city zoos. One simple vision inspires and directs our work – a world where diversity of species and habitats is secure.

Similar appointments may be made from this process within a 12-month period to positions that may be permanent or contract, including contract appointments with the possibility of subsequent permanency.



Job Description

Under the supervision and direction of the Veterinary Manager, this position provides veterinary care to Perth Zoo animals as well as wildlife in line with the zoo’s established priorities and objectives.

Works collaboratively with Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses to provide high quality medical care to animal patients, training for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and participates in scientific research.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should address the following three (3) essential criteria in a written application. These should be addressed in no more than two (2) pages in total.

  1. Significant demonstrated knowledge and experience in the provision of veterinary care for wild animals in a zoo or similar environment, including husbandry, management, medicine, surgery, disease investigation and chemical restraint of a range of Australian and exotic species.

  2. Demonstrated planning and organisational skills including the ability to manage priority conflicts and arrange work routines to make optimum use of time and resources.

  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proven ability to establish effective working relationships with other veterinary and animal keeping staff, and external contacts.

Note: The successful applicant will be required to possess or obtain a current (issue date not older than 6 months) and satisfactory National Police Check prior to commencement.


The successful applicant will be required to undertake a pre-employment medical and Zoonosis vaccination program prior to commencement.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for WA Workforces: An approved COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory for appointment to this position. The successful applicant will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status before they can commence in the position. Please refer to the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces (www.wa.gov.au).

For the full role description, detailed responsibilities and a full list of selection criteria, please refer to the attached Job Description Form. The documents attached to this advertisement are available in alternative formats upon request.

Eligibility: To be eligible for permanent appointment, it is essential to have Australian citizenship, New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency status. To be eligible for fixed-term appointments, it is essential to have a visa with entitlement to live and work in Australia for the term of the contract.

For Further Job-Related Information: Please contact Dr Simon Hollamby on (08) 9474 0326, or for further information about Perth Zoo, please visit www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au.

Application Instructions:

To allow the selection panel to make an accurate assessment of your application, please submit the following:

  • A written response addressing the above three (3) requested criteria (in no more than two (2) pages).
  • Evidence of your registration with the Western Australian Veterinary Surgeons Board or a primary veterinary degree eligible for registration.
  • A current resume.

To ensure that you submit the required and appropriate information in your application, please read the attached Job Application Kit carefully. All documents attached with your application must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. To avoid last minute congestion of the system, please endeavour to submit your application well before the closing time.

No late or proforma applications will be accepted.

A search for additional applicants may be conducted for this position where necessary in order to provide a more diverse and/or competitive field.

Substantive Equality Statement

The Zoological Parks Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages Indigenous Australians, young people, people with disabilities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and women to apply for positions within our agency. The Department also promotes flexible working arrangements. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

Applicants with a disability who require adjustments in the recruitment process can contact the Recruitment Officer on (08) 9219 9879 or recruitment@dbca.wa.gov.au. Do not send applications to this email; they will not be accepted.

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Attachments: - DBCA Application for Employment.pdf
- DBCA Job Application Kit.pdf
- Job Description Form ZPA3137838.pdf

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