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General Hand

The Royal Zoological Society of SA Inc - Adelaide, SA

Trades & Services
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Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature. We are proud to welcome more than half a million people through our gates each year and are not slowing down. With the roll out of our 20-Year Master Plan and a number of exciting projects on the horizon, we’re thrilled to be expanding and evolving our workforce to position us for continued growth into the future.

The team Adelaide Zoo currently require an experienced and committed General Hand to come on board to assist with the day to day operations at Adelaide Zoo. The role is being offered on a Permanent Full Time basis. 


This role will work across our Adelaide site, with the primary purpose to perform general hand duties across site whilst offering support to our onsite trades. Your responsibilities will include (however not limited to) -

  • Reactive maintenance of animal exhibits (including daily manure run);
  • Assisting trades personnel with repair, construction, fabrication and demolition work;
  • Carrying out minor maintenance / new work duties with minimal supervision;
  • Undertaking basic maintenance of vehicles, plant and equipment, including fueling and checking tyre pressures;
  • Maintaining roads and pathways;
  • Collecting, transporting and delivering items to and from the Zoo, including rubbish and waste materials;
  • Cleaning items as required, including vehicles, drains, gutters, toilets, floors and equipment;
  • Maintaining Zoo pushers, carts, wheelchairs and similar equipment;
  • Erecting and maintaining signage, rubbish bins, furniture, fences and similar;
  • Operating forklifts, sweepers, tractors, vehicles and trucks where licensed and required;
  • Assisting trade personnel to clean and maintain all relevant work areas including immediate areas around workshops;
  • Identifying and reporting maintenance defects; and
  • Assisting with pest and vermin control. 


To be successful in this role you must have previous General Hand experience assisting trades and be highly practical and multi-skilled. You must hold a current Manual SA Driver’s licence as well as forklift and tractor licences and have - 

  • strong problem solving ability;
  • general building experience;
  • be physically fit; and
  • be motivated and hard working.

A Working at Heights ticket would also be highly desired as you will be required to possess a sound understanding of working to high safety standards ensuring workplace safety is not compromised.

The successful candidate will be someone that has good people skills, pays close attention to detail and can manage their time effectively, working both independently or as part of a team.


Please complete the requested work history & education information on the application page at www.zoossa.com.au/careers. You are welcome to include any certificates in the education section also, as this will assist us in assessing your suitability for this role.

Please note: should this position be filled by an internal applicant, any subsequent vacancies may be considered from this recruitment process.

If you have a strong passion in animal welfare, species conservation, and an eagerness to support the operation of Adelaide Zoo, we would love to hear from you!


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