Friday, July 25, 2008

Fixed Term Zoo Keeper - Wellington Zoo

20 hours per week six months Fixed Term Zoo Keeper

If you’re looking for a great career opportunity in the cultural heart of New Zealand……read on…

We have an opportunity for a team player with excellent communication and relationship management skills to be part of our Life Sciences Team responsible for daily husbandry and welfare of our animal collection.

As we move forward under a new management structure, we are exploring an exciting area in animal husbandry and presentation. We have an opportunity for the right person to join our Keeping team.
In this role, you will be required to carry out duties under the supervision of a Team Leader, ensuring the highest level of animal husbandry and welfare for all animals under your care whist participating in encounters and keeper talks.

The position is full time (20 hours per week on a 5 day a week roster including Saturdays and Sundays).

So, if you can demonstrate:

. a comprehensive knowledge of conservation issues and the role of the modern Zoo

. an ability and eagerness to listen, learn, observe and interpret animal behaviour

. excellent communication skills both oral and written

. skills in negotiation, influencing, building and maintaining effective working relationships

. experience working within a team environment

. an ability to be flexible and maintain calm demeanour when working with potentially difficult, and unpredictable animals or birds

and have a background and qualification in animal husbandry with special interest in reptiles and birds…….then this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

For further information, and an Application Form and Role Description please contact Talya Horrocks at

Applications should be received by 5pm Friday 8th August 2008.

Please mention you saw the advertisement in ZooNews Digest should you
apply for this post

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