Friday, March 4, 2011

Auckland Zoo: Reptile and Invertebrate Keeper

This is a great opportunity to join the Life Sciences team at Auckland Zoo and be part of an organization which aims to focus the Zoo’s resources to benefit conservation, and provide exciting visitor experiences, which inspire and empower people to take positive action for wildlife and the environment.

Auckland Zoo has started constructing the new $15 million NZ fauna precinct – Te Wao Nui. Te Wao Nui is a journey through the flora, fauna and culture of Aotearoa/ New Zealand and is the largest single development the zoo has ever undertaken, covering approximately 25% of the zoo’s footprint. Te Wao Nui will provide many new opportunities for the zoo to contribute to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife, both directly and indirectly. It will feature six zones displaying over 60 native animal species (including invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) and over 110 native plant species.

The Reptile and Invertebrate keeper works as part of the team responsible for the daily husbandry and management of a diverse range of reptile, fish, frog and invertebrate species – including tuatara, Archey’s frog, mudfish and native giant land snails. A demonstrated ability to work well in a team is essential, as is experience in the husbandry of a wide range of lower vertebrates and/or invertebrates. A Certificate in Captive Wild Animals or an equivalent tertiary qualification in biological sciences / conservation is required. Auckland Zoo is currently developing its field conservation programme, so the successful candidate will be expected to spend some time working on conservation projects outside the zoo gates. Prior experience in such programmes would therefore be an advantage.

Public speaking is part of every keeper's role, so we're also looking for a confident communicator. This is a full time role, working on a 7-day rotating roster system including weekends and public holidays. A high level of energy and physical fitness will enable you to meet the daily challenges of the role.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a world class organization, contribute to conservation and progress your career.

Please note: This role is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing.

Interested applicants should follow this link to the Auckland Council website where they will be able to find a full position descriptions and instructions for the application process:

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