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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administration and marketing Assistant


We have an exciting vacancy for the above key front-line position reporting to the Administration and Compliance Manager. Close liaison with other staff members, particularly the Marketing, Public Relations & Visitor Services Manager will be essential to this role.


This is an exciting and varied role responsible for providing accounting and administrative support to managers. The position also has responsibility for overseeing all online media to communicate and promote Orana and thereby encourage potential customers to visit Orana Wildlife Park. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife and the aims of the Trust.


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)
  • Experience with social media platforms and digital media
  • A background in video editing would be considered an advantage
  • A team player with a positive “can do” attitude
  • A creative, “go-getter” who takes initiative
  • Ability to work independently in a busy environment
  • A positive 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, Friday 22nd October 2021. Applications should be emailed to: or posted to: The Administration and Compliance Manager, Orana Wildlife Trust, P.O. Box 5130, Papanui, Christchurch 8542. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

reception and retail assistant senior

Set in 80 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park (Christchurch) is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Park is home to 1,000 animals representing over 90 different species; the focus of our collection is New Zealand native fauna, domestic animals and African savannah wildlife. Following the completion of our Great Ape Centre, home to New Zealand’s only gorillas, Orana is part way through an exciting development plan to ensure that the Park continues to evolve into the future. Planning is advanced on our next major capital project – a new Native Species Centre, a state of the art incubation and chick rearing facility showcasing a range of native species that will enable Orana to make an even greater contribution to New Zealand species conservation. Additionally, planning is also underway for the construction of a new rhino facility as part of The Australian Rhino Project - a joint international effort aimed at building an insurance population of white rhinos outside of Africa.


We are seeking to employ a suitably skilled person for a permanent part-time, front-line position with the opportunity for additional casual work during school holidays and other busy periods. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual, able to show initiative, with a passion for wildlife.


This is a diverse role responsible for providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that quality information is delivered to visitors on entering the Park. The main responsibilities include greeting visitors, admission tickets, promoting key products and merchandise as well as answering ‘overflow’ phone calls. Close liaison with other staff members will be essential to ensure that all front-line requirements are met.


The successful applicant must possess the following attributes:


  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to motivate a team
  • Good experience in cash handling and retail sales
  • Outstanding customer service and people skills
  • A team player with a “can do” attitude and attention to detail
  • Experience in merchandising to maximise sales
  • A positive, polite and friendly personality
  • A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust


The position is for three permanent rostered days per week, which will include one weekend day. Additional shifts will also be available during busy periods, therefore we are ideally seeking a person who can be flexible in their availability for work. Hours of work are 10:00am to 5:00pm.


For more information, please download our application pack. All applications must include a completed application form by Sunday 31st October 2021.  Please read very carefully the application process for the position outlined in the pack (applications that do not include a cover letter and completed form will not be accepted). Applications can be emailed to or posted to: Retail and Reception Manager, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.