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.

 


visitor services/volunteer co-ordinator

 

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person to join our Visitor Services Team. This is a key front-line role with direct interaction with visitors. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with fantastic people management skills and a passion for wildlife. The successful applicant will ensure that visitor experiences are of a consistently high standard.

 

This is an extremely diverse role and has the key responsibility for the Trust's volunteer programme including recruitment, training and the day-to-day organisation of our valued team of volunteers. The role has responsibility for all public presentations, behind the scenes commercial encounters and conveying key conservation messages to visitors at Orana Wildlife Park.

 

The successful applicant must possess the following attributes:

  • Be an accomplished public presenter – drama/theatre sports skills will be considered an advantage.
  • Outstanding customer service and people management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A team player with a "can do" attitude and attention to detail
  • A positive, polite and friendly personality
  • A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust
  • Animal husbandry knowledge and experience will be considered an advantage

 

The working week for the position is yet to be finalised - it will either be Tuesday to Saturday inclusive or alternatively could be a rotating roster to give every second weekend off (explained in more detail in the application pack). Hours of work are 9:00am to 5:30pm (though over winter months this alters to 8.45am to 5.15pm). If you wish to apply, then we invite you to request an application pack by phone (03 359 7109) or email (info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz). All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by Monday, 18th February 2019. Applications can be emailed to info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to: Visitor Services Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.


retail and reception senior - permanent part-time

 

We have a permanent part-time vacancy for a key front-line position in our Retail Team. You will need to be a highly driven individual with a passionate and positive outlook. This is a diverse role responsible for providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that visitors receive a warm welcome to the Park, whilst being responsible collection of admission fees and selling merchandise as a memento of the visit.

 

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 Sunday - Tuesday 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 25th February 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.


relief educator

learning experiences outside the classroom

Are you an innovative teacher seeking new challenges in a varied environment?

Do you like working with a variety of year levels on diverse topics?

 

We are offering a unique opportunity in an exciting educational setting for a qualified teacher to join our successful team. We are seeking suitably qualified educators to join our relief team for 2019.

 

Orana Wildlife Trust is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide curriculum support programmes to students from throughout the Canterbury region and beyond at Orana Wildlife Park.  We are dedicated to providing unique, interactive, quality educational experiences that cannot be replicated in a normal classroom setting.

 

This position requires an innovative, experienced, primary or secondary school teacher who enjoys working with students of all levels. Being interested and passionate about conservation is, of course, a prerequisite for this position. Training and support will be provided by a skilled, experienced and knowledgeable team of educators.

 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, hardworking person with a professional attitude, sense of humour and creative flair, who possesses the following skills and attributes:

  • Relevant, formal teaching qualifications
  • A broad base of experience as an educator and up-to-date curriculum knowledge
  • Proven ability to deliver education programmes to students from N.E.—Year 13
  • A high level of communication skills.

 

Teaching positions like this don't come around often, so make sure you apply now - 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 4.30pm on Friday 22nd February 2019. Applications can be posted to: The Education Manager, 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.


experienced animal keeper - exotic mammal section

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

 

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 is considered an advantage.
  • 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 25th February 2019. 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.