Auckland Zoo | Animal Trainer Presenter Intern

Date: 17 May 2023

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

He angitūtanga: The opportunity 

Animal Trainer Presenter Intern


Auckland Zoo is looking for highly motivated and committed individuals 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 teams, during which you will become an integral member of the teams, 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 one month with other Animal Care teams. 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 1day/wk attending a series of lectures providing relevant theoretical background to compliment practical learning topics (species planning, cooperative breeding programmes, field conservation, animal training & conditioning, animal health, animal records, and transfers) and undertaking personal study including 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, click here. Trainer Intern PD



In addition we also have an internship based on Animal Care & Conservation , for the PD please click here: Animal Care & Conservation PD

(Please note you only need apply for 1 of the internships, even if you are interested in both. Please indicate your interest on the screening questions when you apply)


He kōrero mōu: About you 


Applicants must: 

1.     be a minimum of 18 years old 

2.     be eligible to live/work in Aotearoa New Zealand 

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

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


Auckland Council recognizes and values our diverse communities, and as such, we welcome and encourage applications from our indigenous population, people with disabilities, people from multi-cultural backgrounds, our LGBTQI+ friends, and anyone else who wants to join our family.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer 


The internship runs from 16 October 2023 until 19 April 2024. 


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. 


Applications close 28 June 2023 


Intern recruitment involves an assessment day that takes place early August. 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.


How to Apply: 

In the first instance, please apply via the 'apply now' button below, providing a cover letter and curriculum vitae and tell us why you’re interested in this opportunity.


If there are exceptional circumstances where you may not be able to submit an application through this process, we may be able to support with alternative CV formats.   


In addition, if you have questions regarding the recruitment process, would like whānau/aiga support at the interview, or have accessibility queries, please email




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