Zoo Keeper, Reptiles & Invertebrates, Auckland Zoo, Regional Facilities Auckland
- Rare chance to work at one of the world's most ambitious and conservation-focussed zoos.
- Care for a diverse collection of native and exotic reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.
- Contribute to the conservation of native fauna through conservation-breeding and release programmes.
Auckland Zoo delivers exciting and educational visitor experiences that inspire and empower people to take positive action for wildlife and the environment, and is a leader in the field of zoo-enabled conservation.
This is an opportunity to join the Life Sciences team and be part of an organization that is proud of its contribution to the conservation of species and their habitats in New Zealand and abroad.
Auckland Zoo recently opened the award-winning $15million NZ fauna precinct, Te Wao Nui, which is providing many new opportunities for the zoo to contribute to the conservation of New Zealand wildlife, both in the zoo and in the field. It features six zones displaying more than 60 native animal species (including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) and more than 110 native plant species.
The Reptile & Invertebrate Keeper works as part of a team responsible for the daily husbandry and management of a diverse range of native reptiles, frogs, fish, and invertebrates species - including tuatara, Otago and chevron skinks, Archey's frog, long-fin eels and giant weta - as well as exotic species such as American alligators, Galapagos tortoises, Australian lizards and bird-eating spiders.
The organisation is committed to conservation in the field, as well as in the zoo, and all members of the Reptile & Invertebrate team are fortunate to regularly participate in a diverse range of field programmes in New Zealand.
A certificate in captive wild animal management or relevant tertiary qualification in biological sciences/conservation is required and a minimum of three years practical experience in a relevant animal collection is essential.
Candidates must have a comprehensive knowledge of the management and husbandry required for a range of reptile and other relevant species, demonstrate high standards and exceptional attention to detail and be ambitious and keen to learn. Good team skills are essential whilst the ability to work independently and show initiative is also crucial.
Auckland Zoo is expanding its field conservation programme, so the successful candidate will be expected to spend time working on conservation projects in the field. An interest in and aptitude for fieldwork is therefore essential and prior relevant experience would be an advantage.
Public speaking is part of every keeper's role, so we are also looking for a confident communicator who can demonstrate their passion for wildlife and inspire visitors through informal talks and animal encounters.
This is a full-time permanent role, working 40hrs per week on a 14-day 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.
To meet the Zoo's operational needs, the successful candidate may occasionally be required to care for other animal taxa or undertake additional tasks at the Team Leader's and/or Curator's discretion.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a world-class organisation, contribute to conservation and progress your career - are you ready to do something wild every day?
This position is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing
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