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.

 

 

You may also be interested in Volunteering at Orana Wildlife Park.

 


Retail and Reception Senior – Permanent Part-Time


The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Superb customer service and excellent communication skills.
  • Strong experience in retail sales and merchandising.
  • Significant cash handling skills.
  • Experience in overseeing staff.
  • Great problem solving skills and ability to think outside the box.
  • A team player with a “can do” attitude and attention to detail.
  • A level-headed, bubbly personality.
  • A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust.

 

Duties include:

  • Welcoming visitors to the zoo and admission ticketing.
  • Upselling key products at point of sale such as memberships and animal encounters.
  • Marketing merchandise in our Gift Shop.
  • Cashing up at the end of the day.
  • Close liaison with other staff members to ensure that all visitors are well informed of any changes throughout the Park.

 

The working week for the position is Thursday - Saturday inclusive (20½ hours per week), plus casual work will be offered when available. Hours of work are 10am - 5pm (weekdays) and 9.30am - 5.30pm on weekends. Hourly rate 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 (info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz).  All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5pm, Monday 2nd September 2019. Applications can be emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz, or posted to: Retail and Reception Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and a short list of candidates will be selected for interview.

 

 



experienced animal keeper - exotic mammal section

The ideal applicant will need to possess the following skills and attributes:

  • A minimum of three years animal husbandry experience in a zoo setting.
  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.
  • Previous zoo and/or animal husbandry experience is required.
  • Experience working with great apes and/or a background in training/conditioning animals is desirable.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A Unitec “Care of Captive Wild Animals” certificate would be considered an advantage.
  • High level of physical fitness (heavy lifting will be required).
  • Good practical and maintenance skills, for example exhibit maintenance, fence maintenance, electric fence repairs, etc.

 

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 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 (info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz).  All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5 pm, Monday 12th August. Applications can be posted to: Manager of Exotic Species, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542, or emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

 




 

animal keeper - bird, ectotherm and invertebrate team

 

The ideal applicant will need to possess the following skills and attributes:

  • At least two years’ experience with a focus on avian and/or reptilian/amphibian husbandry.
  • Knowledge and experience in pest control/trapping is highly desirable. A firearms license is considered an advantage.
  • High level of physical fitness with good practical and maintenance skills, for example aviary maintenance, tree pruning and general horticultural knowledge.
  • Strong interest in the conservation of New Zealand’s native fauna.
  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.
  • A Unitec “Care of Captive Wild Animals” certificate would be considered an advantage.

 

Duties will include:

  • Providing a high standard of daily care and welfare to a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians.
  • Daily behavioural observations, health checks and record keeping.
  • Involvement in breeding programmes for threatened native species, e.g. whio, pateke and kiwi, including artificial egg incubation and chick rearing.
  • Conducting fun and informative presentations to educate and engage visitors.
  • Native planting and predator control.
  • Maintenance of aviaries, enclosures and surrounding habitats.

 

The working week for the position is yet to be determined and will involve working full time, 80 hours across two weeks and will include some weekend work. 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 (info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz).  All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5 pm, Wednesday 14th August 2019. Applications can be posted to: Manager of Birds and Ectotherms, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542, or emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

 

 


Board Opportunity – Orana Wildlife Trust (Voluntary Position)

The Orana Wildlife Trust Board is responsible for policy and governance of Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Board is seeking expressions of interest for a chartered accountant for appointment to the Board as provided for in the Trust Deed. The successful applicant will possess excellent commercial skills and sound prior governance experience, along with other skills and professional experience that will add value to the Board table. Click the image to learn more.