361114 Zookeeper

ANZSCO Occupation Code: 
361114
ANZSCO Occupation Name: 
Zookeeper
Skill Assessing Authority: 
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List: 
Yes
Short-term Skilled Occupation List: 
No
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme: 
Yes
LMT Protected Occupation: 
No
ANZSCO Occupation Description: 

361114 ZOOKEEPER

Feeds, provides water for and monitors the health of animals in zoos, aquaria and wildlife parks, cleans, fixes and maintains animal cages, and informs visitors about animals.
Skill Level: 3
Specialisation:
Aquarist

ANZSCO Skill Level: 
3

3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers

ANZSCO Unit Group Code: 
3611
ANZSCO Unit Group Name: 
Animal Attendants and Trainers
ANZSCO Unit Group Description: 

3611 ANIMAL ATTENDANTS AND TRAINERS

ANIMAL ATTENDANTS AND TRAINERS train, feed, groom and care for animals.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
In Australia:
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Registration or licensing may be required.
Tasks Include:

teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
training animals to perform in competitions
bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
852.30
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
595.20
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
627.30