Jobs in Wildlife Tourism

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  • links to other pages that advertise relevant vacancies
  • samples of currently available vacancies in wildlife tourism, ecotourism, wildlife conservation and related fields
  • courses in wildlife and tourism related fields.

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Australia-wide
Victoria
New South Wales
Queensland
Western Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
World Jobs
Research Jobs
Scholarships
Various Job Sites
Courses and Training
Volunteering
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Positions vacant

WORLD

The email newsletter Wildlife Extra regularly lists wildlife vacancies.  Contact them at Wildlife Extra <editor@wildlifeextra.com>

WILDLIFE JOB SEARCH:   www.pherkad.com/jobs.html

This is a great search engine with regular eco tourism jobs: Ecotourism jobs  

AUSTRALIA WIDE

 

QUEENSLAND

NEW  General Manager Tourism.  Outback Queensland Tourism Association.  Longreach  Closes 5.5.14

NEW  Wildlife Presenter/Keeper – part time.  Wildlife Habitat.  Port Douglas.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Volunteers:  www.derm.qld.gov.au/about/employment/volunteerprograms.html

Jobs:  www.derm.qld.gov.au/about/employment/workingatderm.html

Job Centre:  www.jobs.qld.gov.au

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

NEW  Zoofari Lodge Duty Officer.  Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.  Closes 29.4.14

Trainer & Assessor – Tourism & Travel.  Open Colleges.

Trainer & Assessors for Travel & Tourism.  Open Colleges.

OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE

Volunteers:  www.environment.nsw.gov.au/volunteers

Jobs:  www.environment.nsw.gov.au/jobs

Jobs Centre   jobs.nsw.gov.au

 

VICTORIA

NEW  Veterinary Resident.  Healesville Sanctuary. Closes 31.5.14

Casual Teachers – Tourism & Guiding.  The Gordon Tafe.  Geelong. Closes 25.4.14 

DEPARTMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Volunteers:  www.dse.vic.gov.au/about-dse/volunteers

Jobs:  www.dse.vic.gov.au/about-dse/careers-and-employment-at-dse

Job Centre:  www.careers.vic.gov.au

Current vacancies at Zoos in Victoria – see www.peoplestreme.net/zoosvictoria

PARKS VICTORIA

Job Centre: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/about-us/employment/vacancies

 

TASMANIA

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, PARKS, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

Jobs:  www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/ThemeNodes/SSKA-7EZVQ6?open

Job Centre:  www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/WebPages/RJEH-7DA7V3?open

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Operations Manager or couple. Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat.  

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Volunteers:  www.environment.sa.gov.au/Work_With_Us/Volunteering_with_DENR

Jobs:  www.environment.sa.gov.au/Work_With_Us/Working_at_DENR

Volunteering Opportunities:  www.environment.sa.gov.au/Work_With_Us/Volunteering_opportunities

Job Centre:  www.environment.sa.gov.au/Work_With_Us/Working_at_DENR/Vacancies

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

NEW  Senior Ranger (Marine). Dept Parks & Wildlife. Broome. Closes 28.4.14

NEW  Wildlife Officer – Northern Pilbara. Closes 5.5.14

NEW  Zookeeper.  Peel Zoo.

NEW Safari Camp Tour Staff (2).  Tours to the Mitchell Plateau

NEW  Senior Wildlife Park Officer.  Bunbury Wildlife Park.  Closes 29.4.14

NEW  Wildlife Park Officer.  Bunbury Wildlife Park.  Closes 29.4.14

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION

Wildlife Park Officer. Bunbury Wildlife Park  Closes 29.4.2014

Volunteers:  www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/category/16/183/341

Jobs:  www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/category/29/744/1564

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

NEW  Driver Guide.  AAT Kings.  Ayres Rock

NATURAL RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT, THE ARTS AND SPORT

Volunteers:  www.nretas.nt.gov.au/plants-and-animals/programs/volunteers

Jobs:  www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/volunteers/ranger.html

Job Centre: www.notes.nt.gov.au/dcis/RMS.nsf/NTGEmploymentHome?OpenForm

Also check out these links for wildlife job postings:

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

NRM Jobs

www.environmentaljobs.com.au/jobs

envirocruit.com/en which has a wildlife section, marine conservation etc.

 

General sites for job seeking:

www.seek.com.au

employment.byron.com.au

www.jobseeker.com.au

www.careerjet.com.au

 

Research:

NEW  The Tourism Research Entity at North West University, South Africa has a vacancy for a post doc. The position is for one year but can be extended up to 3 years. For further information contact Mrs Hanneri Borstlap at hanneri.borstlap@nwu.ac.za

Scholarships:

50 Partial Scholarships ($6,000) are now available to study IWC programs in integrated water management, which is available via distance learning. Get more info here.

Courses:

This is a new section – please advise if you would like your courses to be included here

TAFE – Brisbane

  • Certificate III in Animal Studies. Includes native wildlife rescue, care and  rehabilitation
    Program content includes rescuing animals and applying basic first aid, capture and restraint, providing nutritional requirements for various wildlife and monitoring animal health and wellbeing.
  • Certificate II in general animal studies which covers the broader animal care industry including domestic animal care.  For information on the Cert II see www.msit.edu.au/csu/factsheets.aspx?pid=ACM20110_418

Griffith University

  • Bachelor of Science (Gold Coast campus)  majoring in ecotourism

University of Queensland

  • Associate Degree in Applied Science  (Gatton campus) - the wilderness reserves and wildlife option covers the management of national or marine parks, conservation or recreation areas, or nature reserves.

Charles Sturt University

  • Graduate Diploma of Ecotourism
  • Graduate Certificate in Ecotourism
  • Master of Ecotourism

Southern Cross University, Lismore

  • Bachelor of Environmental Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Coastal Management, Environmental Resource Management, Fisheries and Aquaculture Management) – includes topics relevant to natural area management and environmental education

Eco Training Australia

  • Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture)
  • Certificate III in Tourism (Guiding)

Visit their site to find out about the new Kakadu training, and free courses for Tasmanian residents

Tourism and International Cooperation for Development – University Course.
This intensive course trains university graduates and professions in subject areas related to international cooperation and development through tourism.
Course runs 19th August to 17 October 2013 in Washington, USA. This is definitely worthy of consideration. Click here for more info.

This is a new section – please advise if you would like your courses to be included here

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering can serve a useful purpose in raising awareness of our wildlife, and also give you valuable experience and something to add to your cv.

Conservation Volunteers Australia always has a variety of exciting projects to join in with, giving you the opportunity to  do your bit for conservation while travelling through the country.

Many wildlife tourism operations such as Australia Zoo, David Fkeay Wildlife Park, Underwater World and others employ volunteer guides and offer training. Some natural history and conservation associations (e.g. Lamington Natural History Association) are also involved in nature interpretation, and welcome enthusiastic volunteers

Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills (South Australia) is seeking volunteers.

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32 Responses to “Jobs in Wildlife Tourism”

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  1. Paige Matthews says:

    Hey!!

    I am currently completing my final year of a Bachelor of Zoology, major in Ecology at the University of New England. Over the past 3 years I have been gaining experience and a skill set in the field of zoo keeping at a number of organisations including Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia Zoo and Friends of the Koala Care Centre. During that time my duties included crowd control, assisting with food preparation for a variety of species, assisting with morning and afternoon feedouts, preparing and assisting with animal enrichments, assisting with animal observations, enclosure cleaning and maintenance, gardening with Zoo grounds, interacting with Zoo guests and aiding in the rehabilitation and release of wild koalas.

    I would love to be considered for any employment opportunities in the future.

  2. Hariom Goel says:

    Dear Sir/Ma’am

    Greetings !!!!!!!!!

    This is Hariom Goel from New Delhi, INDIA.
    I have done PGDM/ MBA in international Tourism business from Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (An Organization of Ministry of Tourism ). I have worked with Thomas cook company.

    I am very much interested in doing work for your organization in Wildlife Tourism.
    I would be happy in doing work for your organization .

    Sincerely
    Hariom Goel
    09896669270
    hariom_gl@yahoo.co.in

  3. Terrence says:

    HI
    I am 30year old male currently a Nature Reserve Manager in South Africa Western Cape Province, doing Fire Management, Alien Vegetation Management, Infrastructure Management, Ecological Monitoring, etc ..looking for a similar or any related to conservation management.
    kind regards
    terrence

  4. Johan Human says:

    Dear Sir,

    We conduct Safaris and Volunteer Projects in Southern Africa in Wildlife areas and Other.

    Regards
    Johan Human

    You are doing GREAT Work.

  5. onyiko says:

    i am onyiko from uganda ,i studied certificate in wildlife tourism management from uganda wildlife training institute i am looking for a casual job in this sector thank you

  6. Nancy says:

    Hi,

    I would like to advertise for a casual position vacant in our Turnstile/Admission area at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside NSW. Must have bookings & admission experience in a fast paced environment. Must be friendly and customer service focused.Hours are varied

    • onyiko says:

      hey nancy i am pleased to contact you for the post avilable in the organization where you are,i will be greatful for any consideration taken
      thank you
      denis

    • Kate says:

      Hi Nancy, I’m a couple of months late so I’m guessing you’ve already filled this position, but I was wondering if you have any other positions available at Featherdale at the moment?

  7. vasant says:

    hello sir
    i am associated with animal saving society state Gujarat India.(Reg.no.f-529./Guj/314/Nav for the last five years i have deep interest and respect for animal.i feel if i can serve these beautiful creatures of nature the purpose of my life shall be accomplished. I am always ready for any kind of animal related work if you give me one opportunity to work with animal my dream is success i want to long time animal related work/job please help me Thanks my email and my mobile no below
    email.vasantrichi@gmail.com
    +91 9925011679
    please give me reply

  8. belayneh abebe says:

    my name is Belayneh Abebe. I am 21 years old and graduated from Mekelle university in wildlife and Eco-tourism management. now i am looking for Msc scholarship. if you opening please makes me knowledgeable in this interested discipline(wildlife.

    yours sincerely Belayneh Abebe

  9. Zeta says:

    This is a very useful site for those seeking work in the Australian wildlife tourism industry – and thank you for posting current job availabilities. :)

  10. Joshua O'Donnell says:

    Hello everyone

    My name is Joshua O’Donnell and I live on the Far North Coast of NSW. I’m extremely passionate about wildlife, conservation, the environment and outdoor recreation. I’ve just completed a bachelor degree in Environment Tourism Management which combined tourism business education with environmental science studies at Southern Cross University and I’m about to commence study of a Certificate III in Captive Animals at TAFE which commences in July 2013 this course involves a minimum of 8 hours work experience in the industry.

    I’m trying to gain full time work in the wildlife tourism industry and I prepared to start at any level just to get my foot in the door which seems to be the hardest part. I’m prepared to travel or move and my studies can be transferred or carried out via distance. In the future I would love to incorporate further studies such as honours and potentially my PhD into my work/career.

    I’m currently an active volunteer at the Animal Rights and Recue Group in Lismore where care and rehabilitation for abandoned and neglected animals are the main duties. During university I volunteered at the local Australia Seabird Rescue Centre, where the rehabilitation and care of sea turtles and sea birds were the main duties carried out and I also helped out on a Dolphin Acoustic and Ecology Research Project in Byron Bay which involved data collection and observations for extended periods of time.

    I can be contacted via email: joshua_odonnell@outlook.com

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thank you for your time
    Josh

  11. Alexandra Mora Buvinic says:

    Hello!!,
    My name is Alexandra Mora Buvinic, from Chile, South America!!, 23 years old. Im a veterinary student, 4th year. Today in my country Im proceeding my visa to Australia because I would love to do a volunteer on January 2014 up to February (2 months), this are my summer vacations on Chile. I want to ask you if it is possible to realize this opportunity !!. I ve just realize diferents practice during my carrer. For example one of my profesional practice I made was in the Zoo of my city, here is the link: http://www.zooquilpue.cl/ (if you need any paper that I´ve made my practice I can send you), also I worked with police horses, worked in a recognized veterinary clinic called “Clínica Veterinaria Hermanos Meneses”. Nowadays I´am working on a Foundation of dogs in adoption where I realize surgery (sterilizations) and this is another practice in my resume. Pleeease!! I need to know more about animals that do not exist in my country, only Australia, that’s why its so important for me.
    I will wait for your answer, thanks!!
    And Im good at teamwork!!

  12. Yogesh says:

    Respected Mam,

    I am Yogesh Bokade from india, I have done my MBA from Department of Business & Industrial Management, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University,Surat,Gujarat,India having specialization in Tourism & Hospitality Management.

    I have completed my study last year. I have done research project titled “Customer satisfaction towards the services at Hotel Ritz” & “Ecotourism in Goa.” Currently i am working with Yatra.com as a trainee.

    I would like to do further study in tourism & hospitality and if any job vacancy please let me knois there .If there is any funding in your institute then please let me know.

    I eagerly want to do further study in my subject and for that i want scholarship for that. So please let me know about scholarship programme in also any other institute for indian students.


    Thanks & Regards

    Yogesh

  13. Sarah Hibberd says:

    Good afternoon,

    My name is Sarah, and I want to be the best at what I want to do. I am a mature age (29) BAppSci student studying through UQ Gatton (Wildlife Major). I am seeking a career in the wildlife industry, particularly in Behaviour and training. I love the avian world, but I am certainly open to any experience you may have. I have already made enquiries to other associations to gain qualifications to prove how dedicated I am to this career and hopefully (finances permitting) I will be attending an intensive training course at “Natural Encounters” with Steve Martin in America in January/February next year. I know how competitive the job market is for wildlife positions as I have applied for many over the last couple of years, however I am always pipped at post by someone who already has experience in the industry. It’s quite hard to get a foot in the door to get experience to beat them which is why I undergo any training and courses to be the best at what I do.
    I will of course consider anything that may be available. To be the best, knoweledge in many areas is a must!

    Appreciate your time

    Sarah

  14. Nicole says:

    Hi all, my name is Nicole and I’m extremely close to gaining a bachelor of health science from Flinders university, south Australia. Im 23 and have always had a keen interest in science. However, my real passion is wildlife, conservation and animals and am looking to expand my knowledge of the sciences to include these areas. A traineeship would be perfect. However, any offers are greatly appreciated. I’ve looked into such areas as vet nursing all the way through to zoology. Please help!
    Thanks guys, this is a great and useful site and will recommend to others.

  15. poonam says:

    hello i m from india and i am very much interested in nature tourism i love to work for that but i m not getting the path to serve this beautiful world and do the things for nature plz provide me an opportunity to serve our mother.
    thaks

  16. Mthwesi A says:

    I’m Mthwesi A from South Africa would love to pursue my career in wildlife species.. I have a passion towards environment as i just completed my Degree in Environmental Studies am fascinated about whats happening on the environment.. Would love to do anytraining pertains environment sustainability
    my email is:

    amthwesi@gmail.com

  17. Becky Gwilliam says:

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I have just moved to Melbourne from the United Kingdom for 6months and I am currently seeking work with animals. I have for the last 5years been working at Longleat Safari Park within the department of animal adventure which houses many species e.g anteater, snakes, meerkats, ferrets, bats and red panda. I have also worked with parrots and did bird shows to the public. I have learnt many skills here but would like to widen my knowledge further. I am reliable, hard working and pick things up quickly. I don’t mind what job and would love to hear off you!
    Please contact me at blueberry_becky@hotmail.com. Thank you

  18. Jon Cole says:

    To whom it may concern

    My name is Jon and have just finished a honours degree course in Environmental Science from The University of Plymouth where i spent three years studying on everything from anatomy to renewabe resources. While doing my degree i led a university expedition to Malaysia where we researched epiphyte distribution in mountain rainforests.

    While in university i volunteered in the National Marine Aquarium for two years where I took tours both on intimate levels and did large scale talks to Several hundred individuals.I also workd in Dartmoor Zoological Park assisting in teaching, research and host possitions. Also at times taking a leading possition in the host department ensuring the department runs smoothly.

    I am a very enthusiastic individual with a passion for wildlife and would like to take part in an organistation working with animals, environmental torrism and conservation role. I am a quick learner, capable of doing many different roles ranging from research and ong term study to energetic tours. I am available to take long term possitions and internships and am eager to be part of something that actually helps the environment where I feel I would be a benifit to any organisation.
    Please contact on joncole01@hotmail.co.uk for more information about myself and how i could fit in with your company

  19. Muluken Mekuyie says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am looking for phD scholar ship in wildlife and Eco tourism. If you have openings please help me.

    Regards!

  20. Daniel Frederic says:

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is Daniel and I am a Tourism Management student currently in my final year at Victoria University, Melbourne. I am seeking a position within any organisation to complete my work integrated learning program (work placement) with the possibility of leading to a permanent position. I would like to be given the opportunity to receive some hands-on experience to apply what I have learned throughout my towards my course, to network with those within the tourism industry and grow as a person with a new set of skills.

    I am young, eager to learn as much as I can, a hard worker, a team player who can also work autonomously to complete tasks and achieve maximum results, and I possess a can-do attitude who embraces challenges. It would be ideal for me to get as much as experience in the field of wildlife tourism due to the diversity that tourism has to offer me and I hope my experience and knowledge as a student can benefit those in the wildlife tourism industry. My availability is flexible as I am willing to devote myself to an organisation from 1 month to 12 months and I am willing to relocate to learn more about an organisation, the environment and maintaining sustainable future.

    My email is daniel.frederic@live.vu.edu.au and would like to find out more information on how I can apply for a position within the field of wildlife tourism.

    Kindest regards.

  21. Liane Collins says:

    I completed a Cert IV and more recently a Diploma in Conservation & Land Management earlier this month in Darwin NT and am currently seeking employment either in Cairns QLD or Port Macquarie NSW. I work part time in a retail plant nursery but require a full time position and with Government job cutbacks and the high cost of living in Darwin it is necessary for me to relocate my family to more affordable and sustainable living. My profile including experience and skills is available to view on linkedin.com.au

    Liane Collins

  22. Ronda Green says:

    Also received December 2012:

    I am a current first year student at Leeds Metropolitan University in
    England. I am studying International Tourism Management and therefore have
    the option of participating in a placement for six months to a year. I am
    particularly interested in wildlife and ecotourism and would therefore
    ideally like to gain some experience in this sector.

    Kind regards,
    Kirsty Alexander

  23. Ronda Green says:

    Received December 2012::

    My name is Abby Stevens and I am moving to Brisbane in February this coming February and am very interested in working for your company so wondered if you had any job opportunities. I have been working in Dahab, Egypt as a Research Assistant at a Marine Research Centre for the past two years and during this time have led many tours of the surrounding National Parks and Mangroves and have become a confident public speaker. I also have been working as a PADI Dive Master for the last two years part time and a PADI Open Water Instructor since June this year. I am extremely confident in leading large groups of people and am a very friendly and approachable person. Although the majority of my experience is Marine, I am a very fast learner and have a passion for all things nature related and have done since I was exceptionally young.

    I have a degree in Animal Behaviour and am currently working on my Masters Degree in Science.
    abbys1706@gmail.com

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  25. Ronda Green says:

    French student wanting internship beginning May 2012

    A French student rang me and wrote to me waning an internship with Araucaria Ecotours, and sounded very nice but we are not really in a position to take on another intern this year.

    Part of her letter reads :

    “At present I am studying a MBA in Management of tourism and services, specialising in tourism destinations at Group Sup de Co La Rochelle. This degree program has helped to enhance my knowledge in ecotourism, e-tourism, marketing, and especially in the commercialisation and the promotion of tourism destinations.
    Last year, I successively completed a 3 month internship for a tour operator that specialises in themed trips. This experience taught me; how to create tailor made trips, formulate quotes, create travel journals, and build a rapport with clients. During this internship we worked towards very strict deadlines, reinforcing my time management skills.
    Working and studying abroad has given me more of an international outlook. I am fluent in French, English and German. My experiences abroad have allowed me to discover new cultures and different ways of working.
    I offer you; my experience, technical know-how acquired during my academic studies, along with the tacit knowledge gained from previous job roles. I am eager to make this a mutually beneficial experience. I believe my zeal, ease of adaptability and strong interpersonal skills make me a suitable candidate.

    Contact WTA via the contacts page if you have an ecotourism business and would like to get in touch with Virginie

  26. Ronda Green says:

    One of our members writes that his son has “a friend from Griffith Uni who graduated with him in Dec who is looking for environmental work urgently to avoid having to leave Australia when his student visa runs out on March 3rd. His name is Nicholas (Nico) Rakotopare. He is from Reunion and therefore is French and also speaks German and English of course. I think he would like to do honours but it is very expensive for foreign students. I have attached his resume. He is very bright and enthusiastic and an excellent photographer (see http://www.lerako.net). His special interest is reptiles and amphibians but he is a very good all around biologist. Is it possible to get info about him to WTA members in the hope that someone out there might have an opening for him. ”
    If anyone is interested, please use the contact page for WTA and I can put you in touch (and send you the resume)

  27. I would love to go to Australia and see a real kangaroo and koala bears! I hope I could meet young and outgoing tour guides for my plan. Going away from stress, I believe nature tripping is the best resort.

  28. Debbie Kosh says:

    Hello,

    I am a 32 year old female, ready to have a career change.All my life i have loved nature, animals, wildlife conservation & the protection of animals.I own almost every animal / wildlife documentary and financially support many animal non for profit organisations and thought my passion and love for wildlife conservation could be my career also.What courses do I need to complete to work for wildlife tourism, parks and wildlife services and or animal eco sustainability? kind regards, Debbie

    • Lyn says:

      You would need to start by getting a degree in environmental science, I strongly recommend doing as much volunteer work as you can while studying as Uni alone wont land you a job but is a requirement for most roles offered in Australia.
      A good organisation that will get you started on the animal side of things is wildcare Australia, they offer courses in animal rehabilitation and care. Once you get to a certain level of certification you get put on a register to be called upon when there is a need. This is all volunteer work and unless your a vet there are not many paid jobs for this. You can specialise eg: mammals or reptiles
      A lot of environmental work in Australia is done by volunteers, the real money lies with the mining companies who are under strick regulations by EPA. Funnily enough a lot of jobs are available through mining companies for environmental work, once again you will need a degree in science to get your foot in the door.
      A good practical course for revegetation work is Cert III CALM through TAFE.
      Good Luck and be sure to get involved with local groups as this is where you will learn lots :)

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