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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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:

  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.
  • Previous zoo and/or animal husbandry experience is required.
  • 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 23rd July 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.


Senior animal keeper - exotic mammal section

We have a fantastic opportunity for two suitably skilled people to join our dedicated team. We are seeking to employ experienced senior exotic animal keepers. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.

 

The ideal applicants will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • A minimum of five years animal husbandry experience in a zoo setting.
  • Experience in nutritional planning, breeding plans and/or exhibit design is considered an advantage.
  • Proven ability to supervise and train other keeping staff.
  • A mature attitude and be a team player.
  • Good communication, with a professional approach to visitors.
  • A high level of physical fitness (heavy lifting will be required) and an ability to do repetitive tasks.
  • A qualification in zoo keeping (or similar) would be considered an advantage.
  • Experience with large carnivores and/or great apes is highly desirable.
  • Good practical and maintenance skills.

 

Duties will include:

  • Providing daily care and welfare to a variety of animals.
  • Supervision of other animal keepers and work experience students.
  • Involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for threatened species.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.
  • Conducting fun, informative presentations to educate visitors on the plight of fauna.
  • Take part in pest control programmes.
  • Animal observation and record keeping.
  • Maintaining animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • Implementing the organisation's Health and Safety and Safe Operating Procedures.

 

The working week for each position is 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 23rd July 2018. Applications can be posted to: 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.

 


animal keeper assistant

The Animal Keeper Assistant works directly with an assigned Animal Keeper. Duties include:

  • Assist in the daily care of a variety of animals, including diet preparation, browse cutting etc.
  • Assist in the husbandry of animals, including cleaning and feeding.
  • Help to create enrichment items for animals.
  • Assist in pest control programmes where appropriate.
  • Assist with routine maintenance in his/her work area.

 

The ideal applicant will need to possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Responsible mature attitude, team player and able to follow instructions.
  • Good communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Previous animal husbandry experience would be considered an advantage.

 

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 23rd July 2018. Applications should ideally be emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to: Manager of Exotic Species, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.