Vet Nurse | Auckland Zoo

Date: 28-Apr-2022

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


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 is at the very heart of what we do.   
Our mission is “to bring people together to build a future for wildlife” and we do this by demonstrating exceptional care for wildlife, inspiring our visitors to value wildlife, conserving wildlife in the wild and building a high-performance organisation. An ambitious capital development programme was recently initiated, one which will deliver new infrastructure across the zoo and a remarkable transformation to much of the site – this is our #FutureZoo.
We are currently seeking an experienced Vet Nurse to provide clinical zoo/wildlife veterinary expertise as a valued member of the Veterinary Services Department at Auckland Zoo, which is located inside Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine. The team includes manager, two veterinarians, one veterinary resident, clinical coordinator and two veterinary nurses to provide exceptional veterinary service to Auckland Zoo. You will be expected to be highly skilled and motivated, to assist the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine in moving forward. We require a minimum of five years’ experience in veterinary nursing with a keen and demonstrated focus on anaesthesia and clinical nursing.


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He kōrero mōu: About you
As an experienced member of the Veterinary Services Department you will work closely with the other members of the veterinary team and the rest of the Animal Care & Conservation department to deliver excellent levels of patient care.   You will be knowledgeable, empathetic, resilient and remain solution focussed. As a skilled communicator, you will work well within the supportive and progressive team environment within the department and be able to disseminate knowledge effectively to a wide range of stakeholders.


Essential requirements:

  • Veterinary Nursing certificate
  • Minimum of 3-5 years recent full-time zoo veterinary nursing experience, including significant clinical and anaesthetic monitoring experience
  • Zoo animal husbandry experience
  • Previous experience with native and exotic species is essential.
  • Confident in animal handling
  • High level of organisational and time management skills


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer
This is a unique career opportunity working within the lush, green environment of Auckland Zoo and the varied landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand. We offer a competitive remuneration package, and you will also have access to the full range of Auckland Council benefits – we have a range of discounts and deals with corporate suppliers which cover financial services, health, retail and hospitality discounts.


This is a part time position, working 20-hours per week working on an evenly shared roster as part of a team of nurses and veterinarians, who collectively provide 7-day per week on-site cover at Auckland Zoo (including weekends, public holidays and occasional out of hours work). 
We're a close-knit team that is passionate about Auckland Zoo’s mission and we’re looking for like-minded individuals who share our values. For a similarly enthusiastic, talented, and committed individual, this will be your dream job.


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.


Applications close Tuesday 7th of June 2022.