Team Leader Ungulates

Date: 19 Jul 2024

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Team Leader (Ungulates) | Permanent Full-time Position 40 hours per week


Location: Auckland Zoo


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. Auckland Zoo’s mission is to ‘Bring people together to build a future for wildlife’.


Through science, learning & training, and strengthening our relationship with Te Ao Māori, we strive for excellence in animal care & welfare, conserve wildlife in the wild and nurture a lifelong connection with nature to enhance the well-being of our communities.


We have a rare opportunity for a dedicated Team Leader to oversee staff, facilities, and animals for the Ungulates section. The role involves managing animal welfare and husbandry, a team of talented keepers, and associated infrastructure while ensuring an exceptional visitor experience.


The Team Leader will promote a science-based approach to husbandry and all other operations, support the development and implementation of field conservation skills and opportunities for their team, and align all section activities and objectives with the Animal Care & Conservation department and Auckland Zoo strategic goals.


Note:  this position will be required to work some weekends and public holidays.


To review the full position description, please click here:  Team Leader


He kōrero mōu: About you


The successful candidate will have:


  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills, able to communicate and motivate staff to achieve agreed objectives, proactively manage staff performance and resolve conflict.
  • A degree in a relevant field (biological/conservation sciences) and/or Certificate in Zookeeping (minimum) or equivalent qualification(s), and/or demonstrable relevant professional achievements which illustrate the application of scientific principles.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the broad and growing role of a good modern zoo in conservation, science, and community wellbeing.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues facing New Zealand and a commitment to supporting the development of field conservation opportunities for staff across the mammal department.
  • Minimum ten (10) years’ experience within a Zoo and/or other relevant fields.



Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer.


Salary range: NZD $70,125.00 – NZD $94,875.00 per annum based on skillset and experience.


There is also an ever-growing range of discounts and partnership benefits, for a snapshot of these please click here: Benefits   



You will be working for an organisation with a conscience means having a role that has a positive impact on the world.


We are a fun and enthusiastic team, who thrive in this challenging and rewarding area and who work in innovative areas on an international level.



Tono mo te mahi/To Apply


  • Please provide a bespoke cover letter and concise CV (max. 3 pages)
  • You do not need to add your roles in the non-mandatory fields if your CV is up to date.
  • You must have, or be able to obtain, the right to work in NZ. If you will be applying for a visa we strongly encourage you to check your eligibility and further information via the NZ Immigration website as we are not able to provide you with immigration or visa advice. We are an accredited employer.
  • Applications close at 11.59pm on 25  July 2024

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 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.