Sydney Zoo to hold inaugural jobs fair, opening hundreds of positions in Western Sydney

Sydney Zoo, the first new zoo to be built in Sydney for more than 100 years, is hosting its first jobs fair on the evening of Tuesday, March 12, to provide future employees the opportunity to learn about the Life Sciences roles now available at Sydney Zoo.

Held at Novotel West HQ in Rooty Hill, the inaugural jobs fair is set to attract applicants for full time senior keeper and general keeper roles across Australiana, Reptiles, Elephants & Ungulates, Aquatics, Primates and Carnivores.

Sydney Zoo - Nocturnal House artist impression. Picture: Supplied

Sydney Zoo - Nocturnal House artist impression. Picture: Supplied

Prior to its opening in the second half of 2019, the zoo is looking to recruit a workforce to take on over 150 casual and full-time jobs across life sciences, zoology, hospitality, maintenance, retail and admin. The zoo will host its second jobs fair in late April to announce additional casual and full time roles in the hospitality sector.

Sydney Zoo’s Managing Director Jake Burgess said the zoo is committed to creating hundreds of jobs and boosting the Western Sydney economy, providing opportunities for local Western Sydney residents, heroing diversity and meeting its target of a 10 per cent Indigenous employment rate in partnership with not-for-profit organisation Muru Muttigar.

“This is a major milestone for Sydney Zoo. We are delivering on our promise to create a new major institution for the people of Western Sydney," Mr Burgess said.

Sydney Zoo - Tigers area artist impression. Picture: Supplied

Sydney Zoo - Tigers area artist impression. Picture: Supplied

“Sydney Zoo is proud of the projected growth we will offer the Western Sydney economy. We anticipate these roles to be filled by a mix of local and greater Sydney talent."

Once complete, Sydney Zoo will generate an estimated $45 million per annum to the NSW economy and attract up to one million visitors each year, a statement from Sydney Zoo said. 

Sydney Zoo will also be offering job training for its employees as it looks to partner with TAFE in development of a range of Cert III and Cert IV qualifications for its employees.

RSVPs for the jobs fair are essential, with sessions being held in Concept Room 1 at Novotel West HQ, Rooty Hill, at 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

Register online at Eventbrite (search for Sydney Zoo Life Sciences job fair), or click here.

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