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.

 
 

Senior keeper or experienced keeper - native fauna section

We have a fantastic opportunity for suitably skilled person to join our dedicated team. We are seeking to employ a Senior Keeper, or alternatively an Experienced Keeper with well-developed skills working with birds and reptiles. 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:

  • A minimum of two years, but preferably five or more years, animal husbandry experience in a zoo, wildlife park, or NZ species conservation facility.

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

  • A working knowledge of avian, reptilian and/or amphibian anatomy and husbandry is required.

  • Experience in bird capture, handling and banding would also be an advantage.

  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.

  • Great organisational and leadership skills with superb communication and customer service.

  • High level of physical fitness with good practical and maintenance skills, for example aviary maintenance, tree pruning and general horticultural knowledge.

  • Strong interest in conservation and caring for New Zealand’s native fauna.

  • Proven ability to supervise and train other keeping staff.

 

Duties will include:

  • Providing a high standard of daily care and welfare to a variety of unique native birds and reptiles (and amphibians once the Maud Island Frog House is complete).

  • Daily behavioural observations, health checks and record keeping.

  • Involvement in breeding programmes for threatened native species, e.g. whio, pateke and kiwi, including artificial egg incubation and chick rearing.

  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.

  • Conducting fun and informative presentations to educate visitors on the plight of native fauna.

  • Native planting and predator control.

  • Maintenance of aviaries, enclosures and surrounding habitats.

 

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. 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 5pm, Friday 2nd September 2016 and should be emailed to: info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to:  Head Keeper Natives, Orana Wildlife Park, P.O. Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.

 


maintenance and development labourer

 

Set in 80 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park 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. Operated as a charitable trust, Orana fulfils an important role in managed, zoo-based breeding programmes for the animals we hold.

 

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 worked between 8:00am and 4:30pm depending on season/daylight considerations.  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, Friday 9th September 2016 and should be emailed to: info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz or posted to:  Maintenance & Development Manager, Orana Wildlife Trust, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.