Animal Trainer Presenter - Intern

Date: 24 May 2024

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


· Build a career in zoo animal care and wildlife conservation


· Gain experience of husbandry, animal training and providing memorable barrier-free encounters on-the-job


· Ignite a passion for wildlife in our visitors



He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Auckland Zoo is looking for highly motivated and committed individuals from Aotearoa, New Zealand and Oceania who want to build a career in zoo animal care and wildlife conservation.  We are offering six-month paid internships within the Animal Care & Conservation team during which you will become an integral member of the team working alongside our keepers and veterinary staff. Experience is gained through on-the-job training in husbandry and training across a range of animal species, including time with other Animal Care sections. The Animal Trainer Presenter Intern will also gain experience in engaging audiences through displays, shows and encounters to communicate Auckland Zoo’s conservation messages in a fun and entertaining way. Regular assessment and feedback will be provided.


In addition to daily animal care duties (4days/wk), interns spend equivalent of 1day/wk attending a series of lectures providing a theoretical background in important zoo and conservation topics (species planning, cooperative breeding programmes, field conservation, animal training & conditioning, animal health, animal records, and transfers) and undertaking a training project and a ‘Species Action Plan’.


On completion, interns receive a detailed record of their training and a Certificate of Achievement.


This programme has been running successfully since 2013 and graduates consistently feedback that the internship experience has assisted them in their career development and attaining relevant employment both here in New Zealand and further afield.


To access a copy of the position description, Animal Trainer Presenter PD


He kōrero mōu: About you



Applicants must:

1.     be a resident in Aotearoa, New Zealand or Oceania and be eligible to live/work in Aotearoa, New Zealand

2.     hold or currently be studying for, a relevant degree in biological sciences/conservation (preferred) and/or a certificate in zoo animal management or similar equivalent experience

3.     be able and prepared to undertake physical work in outdoor environments and all-weather



Research shows that marginalised groups tend to apply only when they check every box of the position description. If you think you have what it takes, but are not sure you check every box, we still want to hear from you!  


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


The internship runs from 14 October 2024 until 18 April 2025.


These are full-time positions and interns will be expected to work from 8am to 5.30pm daily and work 10 days out of fourteen, including weekends and public holidays (as rostered). There is limited on-site accommodation for which successful applicants may qualify as part of a remuneration package on a case-by-case basis.



Intern recruitment involves a face-to-face assessment day that takes place mid-August in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland that must be attended. It includes several tasks (including a short presentation, a quick-round interview, and a team task) to enable candidates to best demonstrate themselves.


For further information on Auckland Zoo, please visit our website


Tono mo te mahi/To Apply


  • Please provide a bespoke cover letter telling us why you are interested in this position
  • No need to add your roles in the non-mandatory fields if your CV is up to date
  • You need to have the right to work in NZ already. We are unable to support visa applications for this role
  • Applications close at 11.59pm on 23 June 2024



Please reach out via email to Gina Seward, our Talent Acquisition Consultant if you have any questions regarding:


  • The role, if your questions are not answered by reading this advert, the PD and our website information
  • The recruitment process, would like whānau/aiga support at the interview, or have accessibility queries
  • If there are exceptional circumstances where you may not be able to apply through this process and require assistance in submitting your application via another method






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