Friday, June 12, 2015

Animal Keepers - NZ Native Animals Section

Animal Keepers - NZ Native Animals Section

We are seeking to employ two suitably skilled people for the above position. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for New Zealand's native wildlife.

Duties of the position will include:
  • Providing a high standard of daily care and welfare to a variety of unique native birds and reptiles.
  • Daily behavioural observation, health checks and record keeping.
  • Involvement in breeding programmes for threatened native species, e.g. whio, pateke and kiwi, including artificial egg incubation and chick rearing.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes.
  • Conducting fun and informative presentations to educate visitors on the plight of native fauna.
  • Native planting and predator control.
  • Maintenance of aviaries, enclosures and surrounding habitats.

The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:
  • A minimum of three years animal husbandry experience. A working knowledge of basic avian and/or reptilian anatomy and husbandry is highly desirable.
  • A Unitec "Care of Captive Wild Animals" certificate or equivalent qualifications would be considered an advantage.
  • Knowledge of endemic New Zealand fauna, particularly birds and reptiles.
  • Responsible mature attitude and team player
  • Great organizational and leadership skills with superb communication and customer service
  • High level of physical fitness with good practical and maintenance skills, for example aviary maintenance, tree pruning and general horticultural knowledge
  • Strong interest in conservation and caring for New Zealand's native fauna.

As animals require care seven days a week, the position will be based on a roster system including weekends and public holidays.  Hours of work are 8:30am to 5:00pm. Salary will be in accordance with skills and experience. If you wish to apply, then we invite you to request an application pack by telephone (03 359 7109) or email ( All applications must be submitted on the official application form included in the pack by 5 pm, Friday 19th June 2015 and should be emailed to: or posted to:  Head Keeper Natives, Orana Wildlife Park, P.O. Box 5130, Christchurch 8542.

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