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.


Board co-option opportunity

Set in 80 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Park is a self-funding charity that also raises 100% of capital project funds. The zoo is internationally respected for its contribution to managed breeding programmes for threatened native and exotic species. Conservation education, especially of school children, is a key focus.

The Orana Wildlife Trust Board is comprised of seven members (including the Park’s Chief Executive) and is responsible for policy and governance of Orana Wildlife Park. The Board seeks expressions of interest from suitable candidates for co-option to the Board as provided for in the Trust Deed. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will be appointed to the full Board as existing experienced Board members step down over the next two to three years, in  accordance with the succession policy. 

The key attribute sought in the successful applicant will be sound prior governance involvement along with other skills and professional experience that will add value to the Board table. Legal knowledge may be considered an advantage.

This voluntary position is for a duration of 12 months (renewable). The Board meets four times per year. Meetings are held in the evenings commencing at 5pm. 

All expressions of interest must include a letter of introduction and a full CV. It must be submitted by 31 May 2016 to: PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542 or