Local animal lovers have an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working closely with a range of creatures by applying to Alexandra Park Zoo's Volunteer Program.
The program is made up of a number of dedicated volunteers ranging from high school students to retirees.
Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about animals, contribute to conservation programs and connect visitors with nature.
It's a job Bundaberg man Brian Johnson has been enjoying for three years.
He said the variety of work and interaction with the different animals made every day exciting.
“I began volunteering at the zoo because I wanted to do something interesting in my retirement and keep myself active,” he said.
“I have always had a love for animals.”
Brian takes part in 16 hours of volunteering each week, participating in a range of activities to help keep the popular attraction operating smoothly and the animals happy.
“During the day we rake and clean the dingo cages, feed and water the parrots and we also walk the snakes around to interact with visitors,” he said.
“My favourite part would be feeding the king parrots because, in my younger years, I used to breed birds.”
Brian said becoming a zoo volunteer was a wonderful way to keep busy in retirement.
“It's very rewarding,” he said.
“You get a full variety of jobs and it's a great experience to try different things.”
Parks and Gardens portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said volunteers were an integral part of the zoo's operations.
“Our wonderful volunteers like Brian assist with all sorts of tasks at the zoo including welcoming visitors, preparing food and providing enrichment activities,” he said.
“By becoming a volunteer you will learn a range of tasks while helping to care for the amazing animals.
“No experience is required as long as you are enthusiastic and willing.”
The volunteer program is open to anyone aged over 16 years.
Volunteer hours are from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm with a minimum of one shift per week required.
To find out more or to apply to become a volunteer click here.