(X2 PERMANENT) • (R13,393.47 – R18,080.32 P/M)

JOB PURPOSE: To participate and perform duties associated with animal husbandry i.e. daily care of animals(feeding, removal of waste, etc.); the maintenance of enclosures and conducts behaviour observations.
Animal Care: Adhere to all animal care procedures as per animal husbandry manual • Assist in the
loading/ off-loading of animal feed from kitchen and truck • Verify that food is prepared as per the diet sheet

  • Feed animals and remove left over food accordingly • Assist Keepers in ensuring that the animal within
    the allocated section is content and healthy • Handle animals and assist in restraining/ controlling problem
    animals as directed by Superior • Assist in the application of animal treatments to ward off pests (e.g. flies)
    under the instruction of the Veterinarian/ Nurses • Assist Veterinarians/ Nurses and other personnel with the
    administration of medications or with restraint • Assist in hand rearing of new-born animals and animal training,
    including performing night duties when required • Monitor the temperature of the temperature controlled
    enclosures • Provide suitable browse for animals as identified by the section Curator/ Keeper • Ensure cages
    and animals are properly numbered and identified • Capacitated to act in the absence of a Keeper.
    Maintenance of Enclosures: Adhere to all animal care maintenance procedures • Clean and disinfect all
    areas of the enclosure (e.g. night-room, blankets, food, water bowls, windows of the enclosure etc.) using
    animal friendly products • Perform required cleaning and maintenance of all equipment and tools • Monitor
    electric fences ensuring that they are in good working condition • Monitor, prevent and escalate holes or gaps
    in the fences to prevent animal escape • Ensure that enclosures are safe, secure and clean.
    Animal Observation and Record Keeping: Adhere to collection management policies, processes and
    procedures • Assist with daily animal census • Conduct daily animal observation with respect to general
    physical condition, signs of illness, disease and discontent, abnormal behaviour or incidents and report
    thereof • Assist with recording of all animal movements i.e. feeding times, food consumed, faecal observation,
    births/ deaths, behavioural changes (including reproductive behaviours), temperature of enclosure • Provide
    input into animal husbandry manual as required.
    Enrichment of Animal Lives: Provide enrichment for the animals within the allocated section as per
    international standards as directed • Participate in the construction of enrichment structures, platforms and
    jungle gyms • May provide food to animal in a manner that caters to sensory enrichment needs.
    Animal Awareness, Conservation and Protected Areas: Participate in Peer education/ Zoo environmental
    awareness/ education programmes including conferences of specific categories relating to Johannesburg
    Zoo animals • Participate in and share observation data for research and conservation projects • Assist with
    capturing of game and escaped animals; tagging and herding of animals including the transportation process.
    Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance to related laws/ regulations concerning the welfare,
    transporting and relocating animals • Work within World Association of Zoos & Aquaria (WAZA) and Pan
    African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) guidelines.
    Optimises individual and team performance: Actively participates and manages own performance levels
  • Ensure attendance to training and regular one-on-one meetings with Supervisor to discuss progress.
    SHEQ, Security Monitoring and Risk: Provide inputs for the development/ review of SOPs for the
    Department • Implement and monitor JCPZ safety, health, environmental and security policies and procedures
  • Implement identified risk mitigation measures.
    MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS: Grade 12 or equivalent (NQF level 4) • Course on Animal Care,
    Management or related field • Minimum 1 – 2 years’ experience in animal care or related zoo experience.
    COMPETENCIES: Knowledge of animal husbandry and enrichment • Physical Fitness • Problem Solving
  • Communication skills • Planning and Organising • Record Keeping • SHEQ Standards • JCPZ policy and
    procedure framework • Alignment with JCPZ values • Results driven • Interpersonal Skills • Teamwork
  • Resilience

Workplace: Johannesburg Zoo • Contact Person: Abongwe Mini
Tel: 011 712 6601 • Email CVs to:
Reference: AA12052023 • Closing Date: 02 June 2023
“Quote the reference number on the subject; failure to adhere to the given instruction will
result in disqualifying your application”


  1. I’m interested and willing to learn more. Currently studying environmental management. Being employed by your company will be a great opportunity.

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