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Animal Handler
  • Permanent, Full-time opportunity with a Monthly RDO
  • Annual Band 3A Salary $58,766.76 - $62,891.40
  • An exciting opportunity to work with a hardworking, dedicated team at the Ballarat Animal Shelter

The Role:

The Animal Handler is required to deliver, as part of the team, animal behaviour assessment, daily cleaning and care duties, and will provide support and advisory reporting to the shelter supervisor and across the shelter team in accordance with established policies, procedures and statutory requirements.

This role ensures the efficient and effective of animal workflow procedures throughout the shelter environment and will be able to provide customer service and advice for the department in successful pet rehoming and animal behaviour.

About You:

The successful candidate will have previous experience working in a fast paced, highly emotive industry with all animals, ideally within a shelter/boarding kennel/daycare environment or industry with transferable skills. 

Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and information technology, coupled with high level communication and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated ability to investigate and analyse data with a high level of attention to detail. 

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to conduct dog behaviour/ temperament testing for adoption programs.
  • Ability to prepare reports both written and orally to senior staff members relating to dog assessments progress.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the health and safety risks associated to this position.  
  • Ability to work in a highly emotive environment.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft office.
  • Well-developed communication skills, focusing on customer service excellence.  
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of animal husbandry practices.  

How to apply: 

To apply for this position please ensure that you provide a cover letter, current resume and answers to the key selection criteria, which can be found in the position description on the City of Ballarat careers page. 

The closing date for this position is Monday 2nd October 2023.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a full employment medical and police check.


For further information on this position, please contact Clare Douglas-Haynes, Coordinator Animal Services on 0419 346 565. 


The City of Ballarat is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a safe and inclusive working environment that embraces and values diversity, flexibility and child safety. We welcome applications from all walks of life and celebrate the diversity and richness this brings to our workplace and reasonable adjustments will be made to the process to ensure equitable access.  We undertake an employment screening process to ensure this commitment is upheld, this includes ensuring the successful candidate holds a valid working with children check and satisfactory criminal history record check. 

Job Ref: CJ000107
Submitted: 18-09-2023

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