Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship - Animal Studies

Dec 21, 2018
Jan 28, 2019
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job description

UQ is offering a great opportunity to combine work and cert III level study with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program. 

UQ is proud to be offering trainees the opportunity to take the first step in their career through this 18 month traineeship program that provides trainees with the opportunity to complete a Cert III in Animal Studies while working at UQ.  The certificate program helps you build a career in animal care, and the traineeship experience can result in enduring employment at UQ. Trainees can also apply for UQ roles that are only offered to internal candidates, for the duration of their traineeship. 

The University of Queensland is one of the nation's top three universities with a 45,500-strong student community and more than 7,500 academic and professional staff. Its major campuses are at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston, in addition to teaching and research sites around Queensland and Brisbane city. This trainee position will be based at Gatton.


We're looking for applications from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The University of Queensland is committed to providing employment and career opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. The University of Queensland acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of knowledges, cultures, histories and languages that have been created and shared for at least 65,000 years. Our vision is to build a strong sense of belonging in an inclusive UQ that works respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and communities in teaching, learning, research and collaboration - embracing and enhancing the best of our nation's and the world's diversity.

The Traineeship Program is part of a wider program to redress the under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at The University of Queensland and is an identified position in accordance with the equal opportunity measure under section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.

Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and the occupant must be able to provide documentary evidence of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent as part of the selection process process.

The Role

As a trainee, your duties will look to reflect the requirements of a Certificate III in Animal Studies and may include but are not limited to:

  • Feeding and hydration care for animals
  • Cleaning and hygiene maintenance of kennels, cat condominiums, and wards in veterinary clinics and research facilities.
  • Undertake laundering and hygiene management tasks
  • Bathing and grooming animals
  • Food preparation
  • Assistance with collection and movement of animals.


The Person

Ideally you will possess:

  • A genuine interest and commitment to the welfare of companion animals.
  • Committed to seeking and pursuing a career in animal care work.
  • Care and compassion for and experience in handling animals.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to relate well and communicate, be enthusiastic, reliable and motivated.


Pay and conditions

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment of 18 months at HEW 1 level. The salary will be in the range of $49,267.67 - $51,067.67 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of 9.5%.

You will enjoy great working conditions including 4 weeks leave per year; time allocated to complete your diploma study and a supportive team environment to help you to succeed. 


To discuss this role or for help in applying please contact Ms Samantha Kempster on  s.kempster@uq.edu.au or on 61 7 5460 1865 )

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below.

For information on applying for the job, including how to address selection criteria see Applying for a Job at UQ webpage.

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