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.


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


Animal Keeper - Domestic Animals section

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for this entry level position. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for New Zealand's native wildlife. Our farmyard is part of the key visitor experience, providing the opportunity to get up close and personal with our delightful farmyard animals.


Duties of the position will include:

  • Providing a high standard of daily care and welfare to a variety of heritage and rare breed farmyard animals.
  • Daily behavioural observation, health checks and record keeping.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.
  • Conducting fun and informative presentations to visitors.
  • General maintenance and predator control.


The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Some animal husbandry experience and/or a Unitec "Care of Captive Wild Animals" certificate.
  • Equine skills would be considered an advantage.
  • Responsible mature attitude and a great team player.
  • Good communication and customer service.
  • High level of physical fitness.
  • Be passionate about the aims and objectives of our organisation.
  • General maintenance skills would be an advantage.


As animals require care seven days a week, the position will be based on a roster system including some weekends and public holidays. 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 ( All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5 pm, Friday 10th July 2015 and should be emailed to: or posted to:  Head Keeper Natives, Orana Wildlife Park, P.O. 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.