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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retail and reception assistant

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for a permanent part-time, front-line position with the opportunity for additional casual work during school holidays and other busy periods. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.

 

This is a diverse role responsible for providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that quality information is delivered to visitors on entering the Park. The main responsibilities include greeting visitors, admission ticketing, selling key products and merchandise as well as answering 'overflow' phone calls. Close liaison with other staff members will be essential to ensure that all front-line requirements are met.

 

The successful applicant must possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good experience in cash handling and retail sales
  • Outstanding customer service and people 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

 

The position is for one weekend day each week (every Saturday). Additional work will be on an as required basis (eg during school holidays). Therefore we are seeking a person who is flexible in their availability for work. Hours of work are 10:00am to 5:00pm. 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 5pm, Monday 29th October 2018. Applications can be emailed to info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to: Retail and Reception Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.


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 primates, carnivores and ungulates 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 12th November 2018. 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.


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.

 

The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Previous animal husbandry experience would be an advantage.
  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.
  • Good communication and customer service skills.
  • High level of physical fitness (heavy lifting will be required).
  • Good practical and maintenance skills.

 

Duties will include:

  • Providing daily care and welfare to a variety of animals.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.
  • Conducting fun, informative presentations to educate visitors.
  • 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, up to 40 hours per week. The position is fixed-term, with an immediate start until the end of February 2019. 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). 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: info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to: Orana Wildlife Park, P.O. Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.