Monday, March 10, 2014


Organisation:             Auckland Zoo
Location:                    Auckland, New Zealand
Position:                     Zookeeper-intern

Auckland Zoo is the largest zoo in New Zealand and is home to over 130 species of exotic and native animals.

We are looking for highly motivated and committed individuals who want to build a career in wildlife conservation and animal management. Our internships at Auckland Zoo are designed to help you take that first practical step on the zoo career ladder.

We are offering six month unpaid internships within our life sciences department starting 1 September 2014. You will become a key part of our animal teams, working alongside our keepers in the management and care of our unique animal collection.

Each intern will be assigned to one of our seven animal teams for the duration of their placement. Experience will be gained through on-the-job training in the management and husbandry of the species they’ll work with, and regular assessments and feedback will be provided.

In addition to daily animal husbandry duties, interns will attend a series of workshops and lectures that will help give a good theoretical background in important zoo and conservation topics such as; collection planning, cooperative breeding programmes, field conservation, animal training and conditioning, behavioural enrichment, animal health, animal records and animal transfers, exhibit design and zoo horticulture.

There will be opportunities to accompany our keeping staff on selected field conservation initiatives in the wider Auckland area. This may involve habitat restoration work on offshore islands, survey and assessment work, or release and translocation initiatives for key New Zealand species.

On completion, interns will receive a Certificate of Achievement for use with future employers.

·        Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old.
·        These are unpaid placements and applicants will therefore need to be
able to financially support themselves for the duration of the internship
·        These are full-time positions and interns will be expected to work from
8.30am to 4.30pm daily and work 10 days out of fourteen, including
alternate weekends and public holidays as rostered.

To apply:

Download and complete an application form from the Auckland Zoo website

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