Animal Trainer Presenter

Auckland Zoo

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

An incredible opportunity waits for an accomplished Animal Trainer-Presenter to join the Animal Experiences Team. We connect visitors with our animals and ignite a passion for wildlife and conservation through free-flight bird displays and up-close encounters.

Day to day responsibilities will include communicating Auckland Zoo’s conservation messages in a fun and entertaining way, developing, and implementing animal training plans and maintaining high animal welfare standards by providing exemplary care. You will commit to ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for animals, staff, and zoo visitors.


He kōrero mōu: About you


You will have excellent communication skills and experience with public presentations. Your passion for wildlife conservation will inspire the same enthusiasm in our visitors. The nature of this fast-paced high energy role will require you to be adaptable, quick-thinking, motivated and to work well with your team while having fun!


You will demonstrate the following skills/experience:

  • Proven ability in training animals to display natural behaviours using positive reinforcement to enable storytelling of their wild counterparts and habitats. Experience of training birds for free-flight displays would be an advantage.
    Proven expertise in delivering animal encounters and displays for public audiences
  • Active participation in team development through mutual sharing of skills and peer reviews.
  • A driver's licence recognised in New Zealand is also essential.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

The Animal Experiences team is a vital part of our zoo, playing an important part in ensuring visitors to Auckland Zoo not only have a memorable experience, but a connection with animals that leaves them wanting to make a positive impact on our environment and the conservation of species within New Zealand, and around the world.


This is a permanent, full-time role and will work 10 days over a 14 day/variable roster system, including weekends and public holidays. 

As part of the Auckland Council whānau, your work will help to enrich the lives of Aucklanders and will directly impact residents and visitors to our city. You will also have access to many partnership benefits and discounts including food and retail, and health services.


Applications close Sunday 2nd of October 2022


This role is deemed safety sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited is 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.


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.