Trainee Zoo Keeper Courses

What does a Trainee Zoo Keeper do?

A Trainee Zoo Keeper cares for animals in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, nature parks and aquariums. You might work with a particular kind of animal or you might use your skills across all areas of the animal facility. Trainee Zoo Keepers may be involved with feeding and watering animals, cleaning their enclosures and transporting animals when required. You might also get to exercise and train animals and create enrichment activities for them. A Trainee Zoo Keeper will also conduct educational presentations for the public.

Trainee Zoo Keepers should be passionate about animals and conservation issues. You’ll need to be comfortable with a range of animal species and should be ready for some manual labour tasks. Trainee Zoo Keepers should be able to communicate well with the public and with other team members.


How much does a Trainee Zoo Keeper earn?

In Australia, a full time Trainee Zoo Keeper generally earns $1,300 per week ($67,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Trainee Zoo Keeper?

This industry has seen an increase in employment numbers in recent years. There are currently 1,200 people employed as a Trainee Zoo Keeper in Australia compared to 1,000 five years ago. Trainee Zoo Keepers may find work across all regions of Australia, particularly in larger towns and cities where zoos and animal sanctuaries are found.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Trainee Zoo Keeper?

If you’re planning a career as a Trainee Zoo Keeper, consider enrolling in a course such as a Certificate III in Captive Animals. This qualification explores topics like caring for animals, rehabilitating native wildlife and providing educational information to the public.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within animal care. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service ( funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and