Candidate's Resume

 

Overview

After being an animal lover for most of my life, I have finally decided to turn that passion into a career. After completing my year 12 Higher School Certificate in 1995 I worked in many dead end jobs that left me at the end of the day with no feelings of self worth or value. I have worked in many different positions, from Supervising fast food outlets at Wonderland Sydney to being a Sales Representative for Card Connection to working as a Kitchen Hand and Cook for Stonegrill Penrith.

During 2010 i started and completed a Certificate II course in Animal Studies at Richmond Tafe and began working for a travelling childrens petting farm called 'Misty Ridge Cuddly Animal Zoo'. In February 2011 I moved from 'Misty Ridge' to a company called 'Kidz Zoo' and began my Certificate III course in Animal Technology at Richmond Tafe. My job at 'Kidz Zoo' involves many aspects of maintaining a working animal farm from cleaning to feeding and watering to grooming.

While the work at 'Kidz Zoo' is enjoyable and does give me the animal handling experience necessary to work with animals, it is the Animal Technology side of the animal industry in which I want to be associated with. Animals and science fulfill my desires to both work with animals and to learn.

Part of the structure of the Certificate III course in Animal Technology involves either paid or unpaid work experience in a working research facility. I was fortunate enough to be offered volunteer work at the Biological Research Unit  (BRU) at St George Hospital. Working with the team at BRU has opened my eyes to a much larger world than I first anticipated and has only confirmed my desires to work in this field. Working at BRU is still current and ongoing.

Achievements

* 1999 Began working as a Supervisor at Wonderland Sydney

* 2010 Made the decision to follow my dreams

* 2010 Completed Certificate II in Animal Studies

* 2011 Enrolled in and began Certificate III in Animal Technology

* 2011 Began volunteer work at St George Hospital with part of the University of New South Wales' Biological Research Unit

 

Career History

Jan 1970 - Present

Company name:Biological Research Unit (UNSW)
Location:Kogarah, Australia
Industry:Science
Company size:11-50 employees
    
Job Title:Animal Technician
Job Type:Unspecified
Position Department:Scientific
Closest Job Role:Technical Specialist
Detailed Description:This role is specifically a learning role. It involves working with scientific research animals such as mice, rats, rabbits, sheep and pigs. The major role within the institute is to provide pre and post operative care to the animals through feeding, watering, administering medication, monitoring and cleaning of living areas. It also involves offering assistance to researchers during surgical operations.

Jan 1970 - Present

Company name:Kidz Zoo
Location:Londonderry, Australia
Industry:Agricultural & Animals
Company size:11-50 employees
    
Job Title:Farm Hand
Job Type:Casual/Temporary
Position Department:Primary Industry
Closest Job Role:Other Primary Industry
Detailed Description:This position involves working with animals and children, displaying the animals to the children while maintaining a balance between learning and the animals well being, feeding and watering, cleaning and grooming and pest control.
Work is done with the following animals:
*rabbits
*guinea pigs
*chickens
*ducks
*geese
*shetland ponies/miniature horses/horses
*alpacas
*sheep
*goats
*pigs
*cattle
*dogs
*cats

Nov 2007 - Apr 2011

Company name:Stonegrill
Location:Penrith, Australia
Industry:Food & Beverage
Company size:11-50 employees
    
Job Title:Kitchenhand
Job Type:Casual/Temporary
Position Department:Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Closest Job Role:Kitchen / Sandwich Hand
Detailed Description:Being a casual position, the hours worked were mainly during night time trading. This position involved lots of cleaning, pre-operating food preparation and service time food preparation.

Oct 2010 - Feb 2011

Company name:Misty Ridge Cuddly Animal Farm
Location:East Kurrajong, Australia
Industry:Agricultural & Animals
Company size:1-10 employees
    
Job Title:Animal Attendant
Job Type:Casual/Temporary
Position Department:Primary Industry
Closest Job Role:Other Primary Industry
Detailed Description:While this position did involve a large amount of customer interaction, the major part of my role was to maintain the living area of the animals. This involved pen cleaning, feeding and watering as well as basic animal care.
Work involved was with the following species:
*sheep
*goats
*shetland ponies
*ducks
*chickens
*rabbits
*guinea pigs

Oct 2008 - Aug 2009

Company name:Card Connection
Location:Sydney, Australia
Industry:Sales
Company size:1-10 employees
    
Job Title:Sales Representative
Job Type:Full-Time
Position Department:Retail
Closest Job Role:Other Retail
Detailed Description:This position involved traveling between sales sites and performing stock updates on the product stands. This involved merchandising, stock control and payment collection.

Feb 2001 - Oct 2008

Company name:Video Ezy Richmond
Location:Richmond, Australia
Industry:Retail
Company size:11-50 employees
    
Job Title:Store Manager
Job Type:Full-Time
Position Department:Retail
Closest Job Role:Store & Department Manager
Detailed Description:This role involved mainly customer relations and stock control. While being in charge of approximately 20 staff members, the majority of my time here was spent working alone.
This position involved stock ordering, accounting (banking and pays), customer service and general housekeeping.

Feb 1997 - Feb 2001

Company name:Wonderland Sydney
Location:Eastern Creek, Australia
Industry:Food & Beverage
Company size:501-1000 employees
    
Job Title:Area Manager
Job Type:Full-Time
Position Department:Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Closest Job Role:Manager & Supervisor
Detailed Description:As a manager, I was in control of up to 10 different food outlets and up to 6 vending carts. There were approximately 40 staff members in which i was entrusted with to manage and direct.
This role involved cash handling, product sourcing, costings, staff employment, stock control, delegation and financial reporting.

Education & Training

Jun 2010 - Dec 2010

Institution:Tafe NSW
Institution Type:TAFE
Location:Richmond, Australia
Course Name:Certificate II in Animal Studies
Grade:Pass/Competent/Distinction
Study Units/Modules:
  • Provide Enrichment
  • Provide information on companion animals
  • Prepare and conduct a tour or presentation
  • Provide basic first aid for animals
  • Assist with food preparation
  • Participate in workplace communications
  • Provide food and water for animals
  • Assist with general animal care
  • Follow OH&S procedures
  • Work in the animal care industry
  • Work placement- Animal care industry

Jan 1994 - Dec 1995

Institution:Richmond High School
Institution Type:High School
Location:Richmond, Australia
Course Name:Higher School Certificate

Interests

Animals, Science/learning/documentaries, Keen interest in aviation.

Personal Information

Job Seeking Status:Seriously Looking
I am on a notice period (days):  0
I am available from:21st May 2011
Would you relocate for a job?Yes
Date of Birth:10th December 1977
Gender:Male
Marital Status:Single
Do I have a drivers license?Yes

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