Zannah Gubler has been teaching Australia’s up and coming wildlife and captive animal industry professionals at the TAFE Queensland Loganlea campus for the last seven years.
After growing up with a mother who was a primary school teacher, Zannah said she was constantly having to resist her mother’s pleas to pursue teaching.
“I wanted to work with animals, not people,” Zannah said.
At just 16, Zannah started her career volunteering with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).
“Volunteering was amazing and led to a number of other positions which has given me a great hands-on sense of what the industry is all about,” she said.
“As a QPSW Wildlife Ranger I had the opportunity to work with threatened species in ‘Captive Breeding’ and ‘Release The Wild’ programs for a number of different species, and as a Wildlife Officer I was lucky enough to supervise the Bird Section at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary."
“As I started progressing my career in the zoological industry, I came to recognise just how much I enjoyed training and mentoring new staff and volunteers."
Passionate about wildlife and teaching, Zannah said the best thing about being at TAFE Queensland was being able to help guide and prepare students for life working in an industry she’s lived and breathed for so long.
“Now with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a teaching qualification under my belt, I take our students back to places like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Animal Welfare League, and Dreamworld to run my practical classes," Zannah said.
“I consider myself to be extremely lucky - I have been paid to do a job that I love.”
“I really enjoy teaching offsite and seeing graduates working in industry. It’s pretty amazing to know you’ve played a small part in their journey.”