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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maintenance & development position

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for a position within our Maintenance and Development team. The successful applicant will report to the Maintenance and 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, mechanical, welding and other general repairs;
  • General maintenance tasks relating to presentation of the grounds and facilities.

 

Applicants should possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Well developed carpentry skills will be considered an advantage;
  • Mechanical/engineering/horticultural skills (welding experience is a definite advantage);
  • Good communication and customer skills;
  • High level of physical fitness;
  • Able to work unsupervised and supervise the work of others when required;
  • Demonstrable high standards of workmanship;
  • Good practical skills, a "can do" attitude and willing to take on a wide range of duties.

 

The position primarily has a working week of Monday to Friday inclusive.  Hours of work are 8 hours per day, 8:30am to 5pm. Work on some weekends or public holidays may be required from time to time 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 telephone (03 359 7109) or email (info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz). All applications must be submitted on the official application form included by 5pm, Monday 25th September 2017 and should be emailed to: info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to:  Maintenance & Development Manager, Orana Wildlife Trust, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.


 

maintenance & 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:

  • General maintenance tasks relating to presentation of the grounds and facilities such as mowing lawns, weed eating, cleaning toilets, rubbish collection etc.
  • Small repair work that will include carpentry, painting and fence maintenance.
  • Assisting tradesmen on construction jobs.
  • Other duties as required (e.g. collecting off-site orders/supplies).
  • Applicants should possess the following skills and attributes:
  • Some experience in grounds maintenance (e.g. using a weed trimmer, lawnmower etc.).
  • Basic carpentry and handy-person skills will be considered an advantage.
  • 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, 8:30am and 5:00pm. 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 (info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz). All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5pm, Monday 25th September 2017 and should be emailed to: info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to:  Maintenance & Development Manager, Orana Wildlife Trust, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.


 

animal keeper - exotic mammal section

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for the above position. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.

 

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 ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • At least two years animal husbandry experience. Previous zoo experience is highly desirable.
  • A Unitec "Care of Captive Wild Animals" certificate would be considered an advantage.
  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.
  • Good communication, customer service and people management 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, basic plumbing etc.

 

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 16th October 2017. 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.


 

fixed-term summer animal keeper

NZ fauna and domestic animal section

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. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.

 

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, from an immediate start to the end of February 2018. 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.