Keeper Carnivores

Date: 8 Feb 2024

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


Job Title: Keeper - Carnivores

  • Take positive action for wildlife and the environment
  • Overseas applications welcome
  • Permanent full-time role, working 40 hours a week


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 are at the heart of everything we do.   


Our mission is "to bring people together to build a future for wildlife" and we do this by providing exceptional care for wildlife, inspiring our community, conserving wildlife in wild places, and building a sustainable organisation.


This is a full-time position on the carnivore section at Auckland Zoo that includes working weekends and public holidays.


This position would suit a candidate that can demonstrate experience and aptitude working with a variety of carnivore species.


To read the full job description please click here: Keeper - Carnivores


He kōrero mōu: About you


You will work as part of the team responsible for the daily husbandry and management of the zoo's carnivore collection providing best practice husbandry through the demonstration of a sound understanding of the five domains of animal welfare and their relevance in a modern zoo.


Good team fit is essential, and the successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to positively contribute to an efficient and high performing team.


Strong organisational skills, with a proactive approach to your own learning and development, along with a solutions-focused approach to problem solving is a must.


To be considered for this role candidates should:


  • Hold a Certificate in Captive Wildlife Management and/or relevant degree or experience
  • Have a current full New Zealand driver’s license or be able to attain one


Preference will be given to experience with dangerous carnivores.



In addition to this a high level of energy and physical fitness will enable you to meet the daily challenges of this role.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a moto: What we offer


This is a great opportunity to join the Animal Care & Conservation team at Auckland Zoo and be part of an organisation that aims to focus the Zoo's resources to benefit conservation, and provide exciting visitor experiences, which inspire and empower people to take positive action for wildlife and the environment.


The salary range for this role is broad and will depend on your skillset, qualifications and /or experience.


59,977k - 69,574k per annum


Joining an Auckland Council organisation means being part of a dynamic and inclusive community dedicated to making a meaningful impact on our city and its people.


With a commitment to professional development and a flexible work environment, we empower our employees to thrive.


We have an ever-growing availability of discounts and partnership benefits. For a snapshot of these please click here: Benefits   




Tono mo te mahi/To Apply:


  • Please provide a cover letter
  • No need to add your roles in the non-mandatory fields if your CV is up to date
  • Applications close at 11.59pm on Friday 1st March 2024



For further information on Auckland Zoo, please visit our website: or contact Gina Seward via 


Please note that if you are applying from overseas, we strongly recommend you seek advice from immigration New Zealand on the visa application process and your likely eligibility before applying



If you have specific questions regarding this role, please contact me via email at:





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.


Auckland Unlimited, a CCO of Auckland Council 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.