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. 


Interested in volunteering at Orana Wildlife Park? we are always on the look out for passionate people to join our volunteer programme, for more information visit our Volunteer page.

Our current positions available are below:



Animal Keeper - exotic mammal section

We have a fantastic opportunity for a suitably skilled person to join our dedicated Exotic Species team as an Animal Keeper. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife/animal care and public education.


The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • 3+ years of zoo husbandry experience (1-3 years’ experience will also be considered).
  • Experience caring for a variety of species.
  • A responsible, mature attitude and team player.
  • A high level of communication and interpersonal skills with peers, staff, volunteers and public.
  • A background in training/conditioning animals is desirable.
  • High level of physical fitness due the nature of the role and our large enclosure sizes.
  • Good practical and maintenance skills, e.g. fence maintenance, electric fence repairs, etc.
  • A qualification in zoo keeping (or similar) would be considered an advantage.


Duties will include:

  • Providing daily care and welfare to a variety of animals including preparing food in accordance with established diets, maintaining clean enclosures and service areas, and conducting health checks and behavioural observations.
  • Involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes according to established recommendations.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.
  • Maintenance of enclosures including basic fence repairs and trimming of surrounding vegetation.
  • Applying training and conditioning techniques to encourage health check behaviours.
  • Conducting fun, informative presentations to educate visitors on the plight of exotic fauna.
  • Maintaining appropriate animal records.
  • Working in accordance with safety procedures and relevant protocols to ensure staff, animal and visitor safety.


The working week for the position is to be determined and will involve working full time, 40 hours per week. This work roster may include working one or both weekend days. Hours of work are 8:30am to 5:00pm.


The salary for the position will be negotiated with the successful applicant in the range from $51,000 up to a maximum of $57,000 per annum. Salary will be in accordance with skills and experience.


If you wish to apply, please download an application pack for full details. Complete the official application form included in the pack and return to us by 5pm, Friday 28th June 2024 by either email ( or posting to: Manager of Exotic Species, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. We will review applications as they are received.


General Information about the Position:

Four weeks annual holidays will be awarded per annum.  No overtime is payable unless rostered to work on a Statutory Holiday where time and a half will be paid.  You will be required to work all statutory holidays that fall on your rostered days. An additional 12 days of holidays per annum will be awarded to you in lieu of working on these days.


Salary will be dependent on skills and experience. A non-taxable allowance of $18 per week will be paid to cover provision of footwear and a basic tool kit. A list of what is required in a basic tool kit will be provided. A full uniform will be supplied and must be worn at all times and kept in a clean and presentable condition.


The successful applicant(s) will be required to produce evidence they have been vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, have received a Tetanus booster within the last 10 years. This evidence is required prior to commencing employment. An offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory results from a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.


Your own reliable vehicle for travelling to and from work is required as no public transport is available. A full driver’s licence is required as the successful applicant will drive Park vehicles within the public area of the Park as part of their normal duties.


It will be considered an advantage for the successful applicant to hold a firearms licence and have experience in the use of firearms.