Job vacancies


Thank you for the interest in employment opportunities at Orana Wildlife Park. The zoo/tourist 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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maintenance and development labourer

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for this entry level position. The successful applicant will report to the Maintenance & Development Manager who is responsible for all maintenance work and new construction projects at the Park.


  • Duties for this position will include:
  • Small jobs and repairs that will include carpentry, painting and other general duties (e.g. collecting off-site orders/supplies).
  • Assisting tradesmen on construction jobs.
  • General maintenance tasks relating to presentation of the grounds and facilities (e.g. mowing lawns, weed eating, clearing trees, cleaning toilets, rubbish collection etc).


Applicants should possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Basic carpentry and handy-person skills will be considered an advantage.
  • Some experience in grounds maintenance (eg using a weedtrimmer, lawnmower etc).
  • Good communication skills.
  • High level of physical fitness.
  • Good practical skills, a "can do" attitude and willing to take on a wide range of duties.


The position has a working week of Tuesday to Saturday inclusive.  Hours of work are 8 hours per day worked between 8:00am and 4:30pm depending on season/daylight considerations.  Work on other days or public holidays may be required as Orana Wildlife Park operates 7 days a week. Salary will be in accordance with skills and experience.


If you wish to apply, then we invite you to request an application pack by phone (03 359 7109) or email ( All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5pm, Friday 28th August 2015 and should be emailed to: or posted to:  The Maintenance & Development Manager, Orana Wildlife Trust, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.



Zoo school teacher - "Learning experiences outside the classroom"

Are you an innovative teacher seeking new challenges in an awesome environment? We are offering a unique opportunity in an exciting educational setting for qualified teachers to join our successful team - teaching positions like this don't come around often! We are seeking suitably qualified teachers to join our relief team during Term 3 to meet the increasing demand for education programmes.


Zoo School education programmes support the Park's captive breeding programmes with crucial conservation advocacy. Orana Wildlife Trust is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide curriculum support programmes at Orana Wildlife Park to students from throughout the Canterbury region and beyond.  We are dedicated to providing interactive, quality educational experiences that cannot be replicated in a normal classroom setting.


This position requires innovative, qualified, primary or secondary school teachers who enjoy working with students of all levels. Being interested and passionate about conservation and ecological issues 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 enthusiastic, hardworking people with a professional attitude, sense of humour and creative flair, who possess the following skills and attributes:

  •  Formal teaching qualifications.
  • A broad base of experience as an educator and up-to-date curriculum knowledge.
  • Ability to deliver education programmes to students from N.E.—Year 13.
  • A high level of communication skills.
  • A great team member.


Apply now! We invite you to contact Orana Wildlife Trust by telephone (03 359 7109) or email ( and request an application pack. All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 4.30pm, Friday 25th September 2015 and should be emailed to: or posted to: The Education Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, P.O. Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. Our team will review applications as they are received.