Growing into this job
I started working at the zoo as a casual job to get me through uni and to pay the bills.
My first role was in the Visitor Services team working front of house, doing ticket sales and everything like that.
I slowly got the chance to work to move up and do some other things in the zoo. When I finished my double degree in political science and international relations in 2020, everyone expected me to go off and try and work in the government or whatever it might have been.
Obviously covid happened last year, which changed my direction a little bit. But I’m really grateful for the pathway that I’m on now. I’m loving working at the zoo. I got to pick up a lot of the marketing stuff as a result of covid, that’s been something I’ve really enjoyed and getting out there working with the animals as well. This job is something I would never have expected or dreamed of doing. I’m loving what I do now and don’t plan on moving on any time soon.
“I’m really grateful for the pathway that I’m on now. I’m loving working at the zoo.”
Jemma has been working at the National Zoo and Aquarium since 2017
Jemma supports the Education Avery at the National Zoo and Aquarium
I’m surrounded by such an amazing team who continue to support but also push each other. The zoo is also a private institution so I feel really lucky to work for an organisation that is family-owned and operated.
Multiple people from my management team at the zoo have also grown up in rural Australia. I guess that shows what can happen if you really put your mind to it.
I want to continue learning from the zoo as much as I can. There are so many growth opportunities there. I really want to push myself to take every chance that comes my way.
I also want to be the best fur mum to Grommit (my rabbit), and best scaly mum to Klaus (my new shingleback lizard).