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 position has a working week of Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. 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 ( All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5pm, Wednesday 24th May 2017. Applications can be emailed to or posted to: Visitor Services Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.