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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reception and retail manager

We have a fantastic opportunity for a suitably skilled person to lead our retail and visitor reception team. This is a key front-line role with direct interaction with visitors. This position, reporting directly to the Chief Executive, is also a key member of the Park’s management team having input into all major decisions on the forward direction of the Park. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with fantastic people management skills and a passion for wildlife.

 

This is an extremely diverse role in a unique setting. A key responsibility is managing the point of sale team (7 people) including recruitment, training and rostering of staff. The successful applicant will oversee the day-to-day management of all point of sale services, i.e. visitor admissions, encounter bookings, general enquiries, as well as operating the Annual Pass programme. The role is responsible for Orana’s Gift Shop, i.e. sales and ordering of stock, merchandising, researching new product lines etc and will help lead the development and implementation of an online shop.

 

We envisage the successful applicant will have a comprehensive background in staff management, customer service and significant retail experience.

 

The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Outstanding customer service and demonstrated people management skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities;
    • Strong experience in retail sales and merchandising;
    • Significant cash handling experience including daily reconciliations;
    • Knowledge in till operation and suitable computer skills;
    • Experience operating an e-commerce system would be considered an advantage;
    • Background in budgeting and stock ordering;
    • Ability to innovate and think outside the box to find solutions at economic cost;
    • A team player with a personable attitude and attention to detail;
    • A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust.

 

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week), rostered Sunday - Thursday. Hours of work are 9:00am - 5:30pm. 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 26th February 2021. Applications can be emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz, or posted to: The Chief Executive, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.

 


 

human resources, health & safety and fundraising officer

We have a fantastic opportunity for a suitably skilled person to fill this exciting newly created role. The Human Resources, Health & Safety and Fundraising Officer (HR, H&S and Fundraising) is responsible for providing administrative support in all HR, H&S and fundraising activities for Orana Wildlife Park.

 

The position holds an important role in the Trust’s team and is the key person responsible for ensuring effective day-to day operating systems are in place, recognising that compliance is a key function to ensure that we keep our staff and visitors safe and also operate in a compliant way with all legislative requirements.

 

Acting as Assistant Manager to the Administration and Compliance Manager, this position will be responsible for supporting and overseeing the Administration team. The position will also liaise closely with Chief Executive on HR matters and will provide assistance to the Marketing, Public Relations and Visitor Services Manager as a key member of the Park’s fundraising team.

 

We envisage the successful applicant will have a background in health and safety, compliance, knowledge of employment legislation/processes and fundraising experience. You will need to be a highly motivated and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife.

 

The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities with skill in formal letter writing;
    • Experience with HR matters and processes;
    • Knowledge of H&S legislation and requirements;
    • A background in fundraising, e.g. preparing grant applications, would be an advantage;
    • A team player with a personable attitude and attention to detail;
    • A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust.


This is a full-time position (40 hours per week), rostered Monday - Friday. Hours of work are 8:30am - 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 26th February 2021. Applications can be emailed to us at info@oranawildlifepark.co.nz, or posted to: The Chief Executive, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.

 



animal keeper - exotic mammal section 

We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled animal keeper or senior animal keeper. 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 caring for a variety of species.
  • Responsible mature attitude and team player.
  • Good communication, with a professional approach to visitors.
  • A background in training/conditioning animals is desirable.
  • High level of physical fitness (heavy lifting will be required).
  • Good practical and maintenance skills, for example exhibit maintenance, fence maintenance, electric fence repairs, etc.
  • A qualification in zoo keeping (or similar) would be considered an advantage.

Senior Animal Keeper:

  • A minimum of five years animal husbandry experience in a zoo setting.
  • Proven ability to supervise and train other keeping staff.
  • Experience in nutritional planning, breeding plans, introductions and/or exhibit design.

 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.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.
  • Training and conditioning for health checks.
  • Conducting fun, informative presentations to educate visitors on the plight of exotic fauna.
  • Animal observations and record keeping.
  • Maintaining animal enclosures and exhibits.

Senior Animal Keeper:

  • Supervision of other animal keepers and work experience students.

 

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. 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 8th March 2021. Applications can be posted to: Manager of Exotic Species, 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.