Career advice for the serious animal lover

LINDY Thomas knows never to smile at a crocodile, but when her favourite tree kangaroo Kubu gives her a grin each morning the wildlife officer knows she has chosen the right career path.

“That is the favourite part of my day when I say good morning to Kubu,” said Ms Thomas, who is a mammal keeper at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“He is just hilarious. He comes up to the enclosure door and has the biggest smile on his face and is always very happy to see me.

“While part of being a wildlife officer is forming a bond with the animals, we don't get to spend the day patting them because there is so much that needs to be done to care for them day-to-day.

“It's definitely not a glamorous job. You are pretty much dirty from 7am to the end of your shift - but I love it.”

For the past six years the Bilambil Heights wildlife officer has been working at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary were she originally started as a volunteer while studying for a Bachelor in Applied Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Now the 27-year-old, who spends her days caring for echidnas, tree kangaroos, yellow-bellied gliders and native rodents like the thorny-footed melomy, is encouraging other people who want to work with animals to attend a careers day to be held at the sanctuary next month.

“There will be representatives from many different organisations that work with animals at the careers day,” Ms Thomas said.

“It is a specialist field, and you are expected to complete study at TAFE or university as well as have some hands-on experience.”

Representatives from the RSPCA, Guide Dogs Australia and government departments will give information on how to find a job in animal-related fields at the Working with Animals Careers Day to be held on September 9 from 9am to 3pm.

Cost of entry to the careers day is $7.

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