It may sound like a dream job for many animal lovers but in this role there is no monkeying around.
Hunter Valley Zoo at Nulkaba has just called for expressions of interest for volunteers.
The zoo runs a volunteer program which provides valuable experience for individuals interested in working in the captive animal industry.
The zoo’s primate keeper Daisy Murphy said spots in the program are limited with only about six positions being offered four times a year.
“The job is by no means glamorous, it’s hard work but for those willing to give it a go it can certainly pay off,” Ms Murphy said.
“We’ve had a pretty good response for this next round. We put up a Facebook post on Monday night and by Tuesday morning there were 18 applications,” she said.
Ms Murphy said the volunteer program is popular with students studying zoology, veterinary science or captive management.
“The program is a real foot in the door for those accepted,” she said. “It’s also helpful for students doing vet nursing to expand their knowledge on native or exotic animals.”