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Small Animal Handler – Museums Victoria

Closing date:   May 28, 2017
Institution:   Museums Victoria
Salary:   Not supplied yet.
Employment status:   Full-time
Location :   Ballarat
Contact name:   Not supplied yet.
Contact email:   Not supplied yet.

Sovereign Hill is a dynamic group of museums presenting the mining, social, cultural and environmental heritage of the Ballarat region and its impact on Australia’s history.

The Operations department is responsible for the delivery of the interpretive and visitor programs throughout the Outdoor Museum (and on occasion supporting the Mining Museum and Coach operations); logistical support for functions and events; management of the general environment including general cleaning and waste management; and for the small animal care program. Our small animals include goats, sheep, donkeys, turkeys, hens, roosters, pigs and guinea fowl. At times we introduce additional breeds for particular programs and also breed chickens and hand rear young farm animals at times.

We are looking for a Small Animals Handler to work in our Outdoor Museum on a Full Time basis. In this role you will be responsible for ensuring the general wellbeing of all small animals, their feeding and the maintenance or reconstruction of their yards and housing. You will be required to participate in the planning and delivery of our school holiday programs or other programs involving small animals.

To be successful you must have:

  • Demonstrated animal husbandry skills
  • Experience in the use of incubators and hand rearing small animals
  • Basic knowledge in the use of hand tools, repairing animal shelters and OHS requirements
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Presenting/public speaking experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work across a flexible roster including weekends, public holidays and school holidays

Previous experience within a tourism or customer service environment and Certificate III in Animal Husbandry is desirable but not essential. If this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for please visit our website at www.sovereignhill.com.au/careers for more information including a full position description and information on how to apply.

Applicants must be eligible to work in Australia and appointment is subject to satisfactory Police Record, Working with Children Check and pre-employment medical.


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