Tiger Handler

FAQs - Employment

What does it take to be a Tiger Handler or work with other animals? 

Listed below are two of the most commonly asked questions by people interested in a career working with animals. 

Q: What does it take to be a Tiger Handler?
A: There are a number of criteria that we look for in prospective applicants. 
  • Education in the sciences, for example biology or zoology. Animal science at a tertiary level is not an essential criterion, however, it is considered strongly advantageous showing the candidate is committed to a career working with animals. 
  • Animal experience. We look for people who both volunteer and have paid positions in the industry. Volunteer experience with the RSPCA, local wildlife rescue organisations, wildlife parks and veterinarians are all beneficial to this career path. 
  • Previous experience working with animals with a premium placed on ‘hands on’ experience. Experience with exotic animals and in particular, with felines is strongly favoured. 
  • Applicants must possess a high degree of physical and mental dexterity and a strong commitment to teamwork, safety and animal welfare. 
  • Excellent communication, public speaking skills and customer service skills are also essential for a Tiger Handler position at Dreamworld’s Tiger Island. 
Q: What are the responsibilities of a Tiger Handler?
A: The key responsibilities include: 
  • Handling the tigers
  • Feeding, cleaning & maintenance of compounds & enclosures
  • Public demonstrations, information talks and participating in daily shows
  • Guest service & assisting with public relations activities
  • Compilation of reports
  • Veterinary assistance 
Just one thing you need to consider when planning your studies and future career is that Dreamworld is one of very few interactive tiger facilities in the world (our team consists of just 8 handlers, including a supervisor and manager). Therefore, opportunities to work in such an environment are extremely limited. As you can imagine, when a vacancy does occur, the opportunity attracts huge interest internally, locally and nationally.