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Carpenter (Construction) – Full Time

Carpenter (Construction) – Full Time

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Australia Zoo has an exciting opportunity available for an experienced Carpenter within the Building Services Department to join on a 6 month contract!

Australia Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, where we recognise the diversity of our workforce and community – be it on the basis of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or religious belief.  We provide specific workplace programs to support diversity and equal employment opportunities for women, people with disabilities and all cultural backgrounds.

The Construction department is responsible for maintaining municipal residences and buildings, along with the construction of new enclosures, displays and structures.
Skilled Carpenters at Australia Zoo report directly to the Construction and Horticulture Manager and work alongside an experienced construction crew. They are required to be multi-skilled and may, in some cases have certificates or have specialised backgrounds.

A successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to work in a high-performance environment, with a capacity to deliver all requirements of the role, great work ethic and the ability to work to a high standard within a team.

Key Responsibilities-
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with the general maintenance of the facilities, fences and signage in and around the Zoo (Repairs, construction, painting, cleaning etc)
  • Construct formwork into which concrete is poured
  • Set out an outline of the building on the ground of the site, using string and pegs to allow for excavations
  • Build floors, wall frameworks (timber or metal), roofs and suspended ceilings, and lay timber floors
  • Read plans and specifications to determine the materials required, dimensions and installation processes
  • Install metal and timber windows, sashes and doors
  • Construct and erect prefabricated units
  • Cut materials with hand and power tools, and assemble or nail, cut and shape parts
  • Install door handles, locks, hardware, flooring underlay, insulating material and other fixtures
  • Maintain and sharpen tools
  • Assist to monitor and direct safety checks (staff, facilities and equipment)
  • Assist general building and maintenance tasks
  • Direct and assist general clean-up tasks
  • Assisting tradespersons (mainly concreting, plumbing, painting) when necessary
  • Operating basic tools and machinery
  • General carpentry, roofing, wall framings, trusses and building set out
  • Working out the quantity of materials needed for the job.
  • Assist to monitor and direct safety checks (staff, facilities and equipment)
  • General Domestic and Commercial carpentry knowledge
  • Operating carpentry tools and machinery

Essential Criteria –
This position requires:

  • Must be physically fit, motivated and show good communication/organisational skills
  • Must hold a current construction “White Card”
  • Ability to work well as a team and unsupervised
  • Previous carpentry experience
  • Experience operating tools and equipment related to position
  • Hold current Manual Driver’s Licence
  • Available to work weekends, public holidays, and school holiday times
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Well-developed organisational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • A high level of interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate and communicate effectively with staff at all levels

Preferred Criteria –

  • Current 1st Aid qualifications
  • Any other relevant certificates/licenses

Apply for this job below.

Here is a checklist of information you will need to have ready before you start to complete the employment application form:

  • Education history
  • Employment history
  • References
  • Any qualifications you may have e.g. First Aid
  • Any achievements you may like to tell us about
  • Your availability (what hours can you work)
  • A resume in .pdf or .doc format
  • Any other info that may support your application

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