Life Sciences Manager - Invertebrates & Birds

Melbourne Zoo

Life Sciences Manager - Invertebrates & Birds - Melbourne Zoo
Ongoing Full-Time
Melbourne Zoo based managing the Invertebrates and Birds Precinct
Salary from $107,824 p.a. + 10% superannuation

Zoos Victoria operates world-class zoos on four sites: Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Kyabram Fauna Park and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Our Moral Purpose is - Fighting Extinction and creating a future rich in wildlife. Our vision is to be a world leading zoo-based conservation organisation, working locally and globally to deliver tangible conservation outcomes.

Melbourne Zoo has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, ambitious and highly motivated leader to drive the strategic direction and operations of the Invertebrates and Birds Precinct. Reporting to the Senior Manager Animal Care and Conservation, the Life Sciences Manager is responsible for the leadership of keeping staff within the precinct, particularly shaping the culture, staff management and skill/career development, animal management and planning, maintaining relevant assets, and ensuring a high standard of health and welfare of animals in the precinct and maintaining excellent presentation of exhibits. Work with researchers, conservation and community groups to deliver on projects.

Candidates must have a genuine interest in conservation and ecology, possess prior leadership experience working with Invertebrates and Birds in a zoo environment, along with knowledge of Zoo Victoria's philosophy and vision and utilize evidence-based husbandry techniques to ensure the positive welfare state of animals. The candidate will be experienced in management of a fast-paced team and have the capacity to continually progress the Precincts conservation, operational and cultural outcomes.

The candidate will have:

  • Qualifications in a zoological related discipline and/or demonstrated experience 
  • Prior leadership experience in managing a large team of zoo keepers.
  • Exceptional knowledge of husbandry requirements of Invertebrates and Birds
  • Substantial professional experience working in a zoo environment.
  • Outstanding time management skills and capacity to prioritize tasks and workload.
  • Experience in project management, managing medium to large projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage and work closely with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders and agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills and well-developed problem solving skills.
  • Research and report writing experience.
  • An employee status Working with Children Check for all external candidates
  • Willingness to attain a National Police Check
  • Up to date COVID-19 vaccination status


For more information on the role, please refer to the attached position description attached.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume via the Zoos Victoria Careers website

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Justine Felix, Senior Manager Animal Care & Conservation [email protected] 

Applications close COB 29th May 2023

At Zoos Victoria we value diversity, celebrate difference and work to be inclusive in everything we do. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people with disability and people from the LGBTIQA+ community. In addition, Zoos Victoria will provide reasonable adjustments for individuals with disability, illness or injury. If you require adjustments at any stage of the recruitment process, please advise via [email protected] or visit for more information

Melbourne Zoo

Job Category
Life Sciences

Work Type
Ongoing Full Time

Application Close Date
29/05/2023 17:00:00

Contact Name
Justine Felix

Contact Email
[email protected]