Job vacancies


Thank you for the interest in employment opportunities at Orana Wildlife Park. The zoo/tourist industry in which we operate is very dynamic and we seek passionate people to work as part of our team. Any position vacancies we have are listed below.


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animal keeper - exotic mammal section

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for the above position. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.


Duties will include:

  • Providing daily care and welfare to a variety of animals.
  • Involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for threatened exotic species.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.
  • Conducting fun, informative presentations to educate visitors on the plight of exotic fauna.
  • Take part in pest control programmes.
  • Animal observation and record keeping.
  • Maintaining animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • Periodic supervision of junior staff.


The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Three years animal husbandry experience. Previous zoo experience is highly desirable.
  • A Unitec "Care of Captive Wild Animals" certificate would be considered an advantage.
  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.
  • Good communication, customer service and people management skills.
  • High level of physical fitness (heavy lifting will be required).
  • Good practical and maintenance skills, for example exhibit maintenance, fence maintenance, electric fence repairs, basic plumbing etc.


The working week for the position is yet to be determined and will involve working full time, 40 hours per week. Hours of work are 8:30am to 5:00pm. Salary will be in accordance with skills and experience. If you wish to apply, then we invite you to request an application pack by telephone (03 359 7109) or email (  All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5 pm, Friday 12th February 2016. Applications can be posted to: Head Keeper Exotics, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542, or emailed to us at