Senior Animal Keepers - Exotic Mammal Section

Orana Wildlife Park

Thank you for your interest in the above position. The following information will assist you in completing the application process and we look forward to receiving your application.

Position Advertisement:

Set in 180 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park (Christchurch) is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Park is home to 1,000 animals representing over 90 different species. The focus of our collection is New Zealand native fauna and African savannah wildlife. Orana continues to work through our exciting development plan to ensure the Park continues to evolve into the future. Operated as a charitable trust, Orana fulfils an important role in managed zoo-based breeding programmes.

Construction of a new rhino facility is nearing completion, as part of The Australian Rhino Project, a joint international effort aimed at building an insurance population of white rhinos outside of Africa to help save this iconic species from extinction.

We have a fantastic opportunity for suitably skilled people to join our dedicated Exotic Species animal keeping team in Senior Animal Keeper roles. We are seeking to employ experienced senior exotic animal keepers with demonstrated supervisory skills. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic individual with a passion for wildlife/animal care and public education.


The ideal applicant will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • A minimum of seven years animal husbandry experience in a modern zoo setting, working across a broad range of taxa.
  • A qualification in zoo keeping (or similar) would be considered an advantage.
  • Proven ability to supervise and train other keeping staff.
  • Experience in nutritional planning, breeding plan implementation, animal introductions and/ or exhibit design.
  • A mature attitude, a team player with a positive outlook and have an ability to build quality internal relationships across all staff teams.
  • Experience in completing quarantines for new and/or sick animals according to requirements would be considered an advantage.
  • Good communication, with a professional approach to visitors.
  • A background in training/conditioning animals is desirable.
  • High level of physical fitness (heavy lifting will be required).
  • Good practical and maintenance skills, e.g. exhibit maintenance, fence maintenance, electric fence repairs, etc.


Duties will include:

  • Training and supervision of other animal keepers and work experience students.
  • Providing daily care and welfare to a variety of animals.
  • Setting the work standard, being able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes.
  • Be familiar with all safety procedures and equipment, along with ensuring all such procedures are followed at all times.
  • Implementing behavioural enrichment programmes including training and conditioning animals for health checks.
  • Conducting fun, informative presentations to educate visitors on the plight of exotic fauna.
  • Animal observations and record keeping.
  • Maintaining animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • Implementing the organisation’s Health and Safety and Safe Operating Procedures.


The working week for the position is to be determined and will involve working full time, 40 hours per week. This work roster may include working one or both weekend days. Hours of work are
8:30am to 5:00pm. Salary will be in accordance with skills and experience.

If you wish to apply, we invite you to request an application pack by calling us on 03 359 7109, emailing [email protected] or visiting

Please complete our official application form included in the pack and return to us by 5pm, Friday 29th July 2022 by either email or post to:

Manager of Exotic Species, Orana Wildlife Park, PO Box 5130, Christchurch 8542. We will review applications as they are received.