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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zoo school teacher - "learning 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 to meet the increasing demand for education programmes.

 

Set in 80 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park (Christchurch) is New Zealand's only open range zoo. The Park is home to nearly 400 animals representing over 70 different species; the focus of our collection is New Zealand native fauna and African savannah wildlife. Zoo School education programmes support the Parks 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 (info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz) and request an application pack. All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5pm, Monday 23rd April 2018 and should be emailed to: info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to: The Education Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, P.O. Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. Our team will review applications as they are received.


reception and retail assistant

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for a permanent part-time, front-line position with the opportunity for additional casual work during school holidays and other busy periods. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.

 

This is a diverse role responsible for providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that quality information is delivered to visitors on entering the Park. The main responsibilities include greeting visitors, admission ticketing, selling key products and merchandise as well as answering 'overflow' phone calls. Close liaison with other staff members will be essential to ensure that all front-line requirements are met.

 

The successful applicant must possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good experience in cash handling and retail sales
  • Outstanding customer service and people 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

 

The position is for one weekend day each week (every Sunday). Additional work will be on an as required basis (eg during school holidays). Therefore we are seeking a person who is flexible in their availability for work. Hours of work are 10:00am to 5:00pm. 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 14th May 2018. Applications can be emailed to info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to: Retail and Reception Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.


Senior animal keeper

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 14th May 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.