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.

 
 

head keeper/manager - exotic mammals

Set in 80 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park (Christchurch) is New Zealand's only open range zoo. The Park is home to 400 animals representing over 70 different species; the focus of our collection is New Zealand native fauna and African savannah life. In 2015 Orana completed the biggest project in its history – a $6M Great Ape Centre that is home to New Zealand's only gorillas! Orana is currently part way through an exciting development plan. Operated as a charitable trust, Orana fulfils an important role in managed, zoo-based breeding programmes for the species we hold.

 

We have a fantastic opportunity for suitably skilled person to lead our Exotic Mammal Team. We are seeking to employ a vastly experienced head keeper/manager. 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:

  • Experience and a proven track record in a management/curatorial/team leader/senior keeper position, within a modern zoo
  • Significant husbandry experience across the collection including primates (ideally Great Apes), carnivores, ungulates and small exotic mammals
  • Demonstrable animal collection planning experience
  • Proven experience in transfer and relocation of wildlife worldwide
  • Previous experience in exhibit development planning is a distinct advantage
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in staff management and building quality internal and external relationships
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification is considered an advantage
  • Good maintenance knowledge

 

Duties will include:

  • Responsible for ensuring that the highest possible ethical and welfare standards are met in relation to the Park's exotic animal collection to a level of internationally accepted best practice
  • Overall management of the Exotic Section animal keepers
  • Development of zoological programmes and animal collection planning, including oversight of key breeding programmes at the Park across a broad range of taxa
  • Liaison with external legislative bodies, industry associations and other zoological facilities throughout Australasia and the world
  • Creative input to new developments and co-ordination of upgrades to existing facilities and exhibits
  • Identifying and developing new visitor experiences that will enhance attendance
  • One-off and on-going projects and programmes aimed at enhancing the zoo
  • Implementing the organisation's Health and Safety and Safe Operating Procedures.

 

The working week for the position is Monday to Friday, 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 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 5 pm, Friday 22th July 2016. Applications can be emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to: Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.

 

animal keepers (two positions)

We have two fantastic opportunities for suitably skilled people to join our dedicated team. We are seeking to employ an experienced senior keeper and an animal keeper. 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:

  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.

  • Good communication and customer service.

  • High level of physical fitness (heavy lifting will be required).

  • A Unitec “Care of Captive Wild Animals” certificate (or similar) would be considered an advantage.

  • Experience with primates (especially great apes) and/or large carnivores is highly desirable.

  • Good practical and maintenance skills, for example exhibit maintenance, fence maintenance, electric fence repairs, basic plumbing, etc.

    Experienced/Senior keeper:

  • A minimum of five years animal husbandry experience in a zoo setting.

  • Experience in exhibit planning.

  • Proven ability to supervise and train other keeping staff.

    Animal keeper:

  • A minimum of two years animal husbandry experience.

     

    Duties will include:

  • Providing daily care and welfare to a variety of animals.

  • 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 25th July 2016. Applications can be posted to: Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542, or emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz.

 

zoo school teacher

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, Friday 29th July 2016 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.