Field Assistant / Koala Catcher


Endeavour Veterinary Ecology


Multiple locations (based at Toorbul), Queensland

Endeavour Veterinary Ecology is a wildlife consultancy that provides specialised veterinary, ecology and population management services. We pride ourselves on innovative and collaborative wildlife solutions, optimal ecological outcomes, and high standards of animal welfare.

We have a valuable opportunity for a casual Field Assistant to be involved with the monitoring of the health, behaviour and well-being of koalas throughout several locations across Queensland. This role will require proven experience and confidence in koala survey, capture and handling techniques, with knowledge in radio-telemetry and field data collection/recording also highly desirable. Hours will vary week to week with the potential for future full-time employment. Please note that project locations vary, and working away for periods of up to 2 weeks at a time (including evening and weekend work) will be a strict requirement of the position.

Duties include: 

  • Assisting with the capture, trapping, monitoring, rescue, and release of wildlife
  • Koala surveys
  • Field data/sample collection and recording
  • Field monitoring of koalas
  • Identification of potentially sick/injured koalas
  • Liaison with clients and other external parties in respect of operational aspects of the job
  • Coordination of fieldwork and logistics

Must have:

  • A strong interest and passion for wildlife conservation and animal welfare 
  • Wildlife capture and handling skills, preferably specific to koalas
  • Previous field experience (ie used to working in harsh conditions)
  • Ability to withstand long days in the field in an often challenging environment 
  • Current Driver Licence
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and public holidays, and to spend weeks away from home at a time
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team
  • General ability to quickly learn and utilise technical equipment such as radio-telemetry equipment, databases etc


  • Climbing and working at heights certification (highly desirable) 
  • Tertiary qualifications in relevant biological disciplines (eg conservation, environmental, ecology or related areas)
  • Radio-telemetry experience
  • First Aid Certificate - must be willing to obtain prior to commencing work
  • Construction White Card - must be willing to obtain prior to commencing work
  • Experience working in and around heavy machinery
  • 4WD experience

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