Job vacancies

Thank you for the interest in employment opportunities at Orana Wildlife Park. The zoo 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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fixed-term summer animal keeper

We have a fantastic opportunity for a suitably skilled person to join our dedicated team in a fixed-term animal keeping role during our busy summer season. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.

The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • At least 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.


Duties will include:

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


As animals require care seven days a week, the position will be based on a roster system including weekends and public holidays. Hours of work are 8:30am to 5:00pm, total 40 hours per week. The position is fixed-term, from an immediate start to the end of February 2017. Hourly rate will be in accordance with skills and experience, no less than $15.25 per hour.


If you wish to apply, then we invite you to request an application pack by telephone (03 359 7109) or email ( We will consider all applications as soon as they are received until a suitable applicant has been found. All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack and should be emailed to: or posted to: Orana Wildlife Park, P.O. Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.