Deputy Curator of Mammals

Auckland Zoo


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland is a global city with stunning scenery, wonderful beaches and sub-tropical islands. It is also a city with one of the most progressive zoos in the world. At Auckland Zoo, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability is at the very heart of what we do.  
Our mission is “to bring people together to build a future for wildlife” and we do this by demonstrating exceptional care for wildlife, inspiring our visitors to value wildlife, conserving wildlife in the wild and building a high-performance organisation.
An ambitious capital development programme was recently initiated, one which will deliver new infrastructure across the zoo and a remarkable transformation to much of the site – this is our #FutureZoo.
We are currently seeking a Deputy Curator Mammals to support the Senior Curator and animal teams in a diverse range of operations and activities, and help with delivery of wider Animal Care & Conservation department objectives and the Auckland Zoo strategic plan.

The role includes specific responsibility in the following areas:

Management of mammal Team Leaders.
Operational oversight of mammal species husbandry and exhibits.
Department-wide liaison with stores and browse.
Implementation of welfare corrective measures identified through the SAP process.
Mammal species role performance and sustainability through the SAP process.
Supporting logistical and operational delivery of mammal transports. 
Contribute to the portfolio of Auckland Zoo field conservation programmes.
Help to maximise the scientific output of the Animal Care & Conservation department.


He kōrero mōu: About you

As a senior member of the Animal Care & Conservation department, the Deputy Curator Mammals will be expected to work closely with other senior members of the Animal Care & Conservation team as well as leading the four Team Leaders from Carnivores, Elephants & Sealions, Primates and Ungulates. You will lead and manage relevant projects with diverse team members, both internal and external, to deliver high quality innovative projects which deliver tangible conservation benefits.

You will be innovative and creative but realistic and solution focussed, and a skilled communicator adept at coaxing the best from everyone in your team. You must relish the challenge and rewards of working in a constantly changing environment and many different teams comprised of individuals with widely different backgrounds, skills and priorities.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:
Minimum 8 years zoo experience
Experience and demonstrated knowledge of species management and animal collection planning
Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and experience of the role of zoos in wildlife conservation
Familiarity with the aims and activities of conservation bodies such as the IUCN CPSG
Previous project management experience an advantage 


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This is a unique career opportunity working within the lush, green environment of Auckland Zoo and the varied landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand.

We offer a competitive remuneration package, generous holiday allowance, and the pleasure of working in an award-winning new building at the Zoo. You will also have access to the full range of Auckland Council benefits – we have a range of discounts and deals with corporate suppliers which cover financial services, health, retail and hospitality discounts to name a few. But the key benefit of this role is the ability to make it your own. 
We're a close-knit team that is passionate about Auckland Zoo’s mission and we’re looking for like-minded individuals who share our values. For the right talented and committed individual, this will be your dream job.
This is a permanent, full-time position, working 40 hours mostly Monday to Friday. 
Please note, you will be required to undertake occasional work outside of normal office hours, including weekends and public holidays.

Due to Christmas/New Year, we will be accepting applications until the 17th Jan 2021. 

Please follow the link to apply: Deputy Curator of Mammals

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

Auckland Unlimited is a Council Controlled Organisation and part of Auckland Council and an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.