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Hi,

I've been in an office job for a looonng time and am looking to work outdoors in Brisbane when we move to Oz, pref with animals for a while - does anyone have any helpful tips / advice or inroads? Any help at all gratefully received.

 

Thanks,

 

 

Sam.

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Mate I would not be moving straight to Queensland from the UK anyway, especially not in summer. As far as animal work goes I have no idea. I suggest you get any work you can, labouring perhaps, but it is going to be HOT!
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Hi Sam,

I hear you!!

I can give you tips on getting into the industry, although it will be volunteer work (I was looking into this at one stage).

1) Apply to work as a volunteer at the many wildlife parks in and around Brisbane - this is the best way to get into paid work, and that is how the majority of the workers eventually were offered a paid position. The main animal orgs in Brisbane are RSPCA, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Alma Park Zoo. There are also others on the Gold Coast, and of course, Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. Volunteer work will gain you credit!

2) Do some wildlife courses - Wildcare Australia are awesome for this. They charge ridiculously low fees for their courses and you can learn how to care for koalas, kangaroos, birds - whatever your fancy. Once you have completed their prerequisite courses, you can register to take wild and injured animals into your care. This will give you experience in this area and make you more attractive for paid employment.

I hope this helps. All the best with it!

Cheers,

Nadine
Thanks Nadine,

That's some great advice and just what I need to start looking into! Off I google...

Nadine Myers said:
Hi Sam,

I hear you!!

I can give you tips on getting into the industry, although it will be volunteer work (I was looking into this at one stage).

1) Apply to work as a volunteer at the many wildlife parks in and around Brisbane - this is the best way to get into paid work, and that is how the majority of the workers eventually were offered a paid position. The main animal orgs in Brisbane are RSPCA, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Alma Park Zoo. There are also others on the Gold Coast, and of course, Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. Volunteer work will gain you credit!

2) Do some wildlife courses - Wildcare Australia are awesome for this. They charge ridiculously low fees for their courses and you can learn how to care for koalas, kangaroos, birds - whatever your fancy. Once you have completed their prerequisite courses, you can register to take wild and injured animals into your care. This will give you experience in this area and make you more attractive for paid employment.

I hope this helps. All the best with it!

Cheers,

Nadine
It's not that hot!!!!!!!! Yep sure in places it gets humid but the UK gets very humid. Southern Spain and Cyprus are much hotter! :-)
Brissy is just another big city mate, if you're looking for scenery go Coastal.

If you're looking to blow off some mental stress try to suss out something in Main Beach, Southport, Broadbeach, Burleigh, Tallebudgera it's gorgeous!

http://www.verygoldcoast.com.au/tallebudgera/
http://www.realestate.com.au (for listings)

As for working with animals, you can start by volunteering at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and if you put in enough "time" I hear they hire you on... but you learn how to handle all the animals and could be worth a look into it?

http://www.currumbin-sanctuary.org.au/

Good luck!
I am also looking at working with animals, but am looking at Perth. I work as an animal health officer in the Uk and have experience with farm animals but am looking at doing some work experience in the Uk before hand to get some more experience with other animals but this thread has given me some more food for thought.

Cheers

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Brissy is just another big city mate, if you're looking for scenery go Coastal.

If you're looking to blow off some mental stress try to suss out something in Main Beach, Southport, Broadbeach, Burleigh, Tallebudgera it's gorgeous!

http://www.verygoldcoast.com.au/tallebudgera/
http://www.realestate.com.au (for listings)

As for working with animals, you can start by volunteering at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and if you put in enough "time" I hear they hire you on... but you learn how to handle all the animals and could be worth a look into it?

http://www.currumbin-sanctuary.org.au/

Good luck!
Hi, it will be hot in QLD but if you are sensible it shouldnt be a problem n you can cope with the heat.
Im from uk and have easily spent 2 summers in QLD.. have a great time try contacting austarlia zoo to see if they want any volunteers or if they have any vacancies at all...once you have a foot in the door
aussies are very sun safe
just remember>>>>sunnies, hat, sun screen & lots of water

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