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.


RECEPTIONist and administration assistant 

The successful applicant must possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent written communication skills (the position will involve writing correspondence and competence in this area will be tested during the selection process)
  • Numerical skills and ability to produce accurate work at a good speed (numerical skills will be required on a daily basis)
  • Highly organised, proven ability to multi-task with a positive “can do” attitude
  • Outstanding customer service and people skills with a positive, polite and friendly personality
  • High level of computer literacy with experience in most Microsoft Office applications
  • A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust


The working week for the position will be Monday to Friday inclusive. Hours of work are 8.30am to 5.00pm.  To apply, please request an application pack by phone (03 359 7109) or email ( All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5pm, Monday 14th October 2019. Applications should be emailed to: or posted to: The Administration and Compliance Manager, Orana Wildlife Trust, P.O. Box 5130, Papanui, Christchurch 8542.

Retail and Reception Senior – Permanent Part-Time

The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Superb customer service and excellent communication skills.
  • Strong experience in retail sales and merchandising.
  • Significant cash handling skills.
  • Experience in overseeing staff.
  • Great problem solving skills and ability to think outside the box.
  • A team player with a “can do” attitude and attention to detail.
  • A level-headed, bubbly personality.
  • A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust.


Duties include:

  • Welcoming visitors to the zoo and admission ticketing.
  • Upselling key products at point of sale such as memberships and animal encounters.
  • Marketing merchandise in our Gift Shop.
  • Cashing up at the end of the day.
  • Close liaison with other staff members to ensure that all visitors are well informed of any changes throughout the Park.


The working week for the position is Thursday - Saturday inclusive (20½ hours per week), plus casual work will be offered when available. Hours of work are 10am - 5pm (weekdays) and 9.30am - 5.30pm on weekends. 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 (  All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5pm, Thursday 12th September 2019. Applications can be emailed to us at, or posted to: Retail and Reception Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and a short list of candidates will be selected for interview.

Board Opportunity – Orana Wildlife Trust (Voluntary Position)

The Orana Wildlife Trust Board is responsible for policy and governance of Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Board is seeking expressions of interest for a chartered accountant for appointment to the Board as provided for in the Trust Deed. The successful applicant will possess excellent commercial skills and sound prior governance experience, along with other skills and professional experience that will add value to the Board table. Click the image to learn more.