Life Sciences Manager (Carnivores and Ungulates) - Melbourne Zoo

Posted: 17 June 2022   |   Full-Time   | Melbourne, Australia 


  • Ongoing Full-Time
  • Melbourne Zoo based managing the Carnivores & Ungulates team
  • Salary from $103,892 p.a. + 10% superannuation

Zoos Victoria operates world-class zoos on three sites: Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Our Moral Purpose is – Fighting Extinction and creating a future rich in wildlife. Our vision is to be a world leading zoo-based conservation organisation, working locally and globally to deliver tangible conservation outcomes.

Melbourne Zoo has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, ambitious and highly motivated leader to drive the strategic direction and operations of the Carnivores & Ungulates precinct. Reporting to the Senior Manager Animal Care and Conservation, the Life Science Manager is responsible for the leadership of keeping staff within the precinct, particularly shaping the culture, staff management and skill/career development, animal management and planning, maintaining relevant assets, and ensuring a high standard of health and welfare of animals in the precinct and maintaining excellent presentation of exhibits.

Candidates must have a genuine interest in conservation and ecology, possess prior leadership experience working with Carnivores & Ungulates in a zoo environment, along with knowledge of Zoo Victoria’s philosophy and vision and utilize evidence-based husbandry techniques to ensure the positive welfare state of animals. The candidate will be experienced in management of a fast-paced team and have the capacity to continually progress the Precincts conservation, operational and cultural outcomes.

The candidate will have

  • Qualifications in a zoological related discipline and/or demonstrated experience 
  • Prior leadership experience in managing a large team of zoo keepers.
  • Exceptional knowledge of husbandry requirements of Carnivores & Ungulates
  • Substantial professional experience working in a zoo environment.
  • Outstanding time management skills and capacity to prioritize tasks and workload.
  • Experience in project management, managing medium to large projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage and work closely with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders and agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills and well-developed problem solving skills.
  • Research and report writing experience.
  • An employee status Working with Children Check for all external candidates
  • Willingness to attain a National Police Check
  • Under directions from the Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from declared state of emergency, successful applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to provide evidence of this.

For more information on the role, please refer to the position description.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume via the Zoos Victoria Careers website

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Justine Felix, Senior Manager Animal Care & Conservation 

Applications close COB 29th June 2022

Zoos Victoria welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disability.
In addition, Zoos Victoria will provide reasonable adjustments for individuals with disability, illness or injury. If you require adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process, please advise via or visit for more information

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